It's okay to prioritize something you want for yourself that isn't work-related.
For as long as I can remember, I've had a job. I’ve been very dedicated to working no matter how crazy things were, and have deprioritized certain aspects of my personal life. No one at Two Rivers has ever encouraged or demanded that I be that way. It's in my DNA. I'm pretty sure I got it from my parents who are still working at 70 years of age. I love my work and I like to work hard.
About 14 years ago, I really wanted to get a dog, but I knew that my typical work week wouldn't be sustainable with a new puppy to take care of. I stressed over how to not feel like I was pulling back on delivering for my clients. I put off getting a dog for over a year. Then I finally took the plunge. It was the best thing I ever did.
Being a dog owner and having a living companion that requires me to pull my attention away from the office is a game-changer. My dog looks at me and barks while I'm on my laptop because he wants to go for a walk. So, I close my laptop and get up and go.
Earlier in my career, I thought that if I worked the most hours, took the least amount of PTO, and was never unavailable it would get me ahead. To some extent, maybe it has, but demonstrating that I care about other things beyond work and that I'm human is more interesting. My advice is to prioritize something you want in your personal life — or it could be to literally get a dog!