Now that I'm back in Pittsburgh and have turned 30 this past year, it's been enlightening talking with friends about what we choose to spend our time on. I feel that the best part of being in my thirties is knowing exactly what I'm good at, what I enjoy doing and avoiding the fear of "missing out".
Being in the tech industry and trying to encourage more women to step up, there is always going to be that nagging feeling of wanting to "do it all". I've realized that it is simply not possible to be a rockstar hacker, legendary product manager, meticulous wedding planner, financial guru, caring sister/daughter, amazing networker, perfect housekeeper, canine entertainer, fitness goddess and trusted friend. I'm exhausted just looking at the list.
These days, there’s an app for every on demand service you can think of. If money were no object, you wouldn't have to do any chores or errands. You should have enough experience in all of these areas to be a bit dangerous. When you do entrust someone to help you, you can't do so blindly. As our salaries increase, it's important to understand what your time is really worth and where it makes sense to outsource your life.
A good personal example: before I took off for San Francisco, I decide to sell my house in Robinson. One of the best decisions I've made was hiring Aaron Kahn at Wealth Management Strategies as my Financial Advisor. I handed over my money from my previous 401ks, most of my savings and my earnings from selling the house. It gives me piece of mind that my money is safe and continually making a return. I have an interest in the financial industry but I know that Aaron will always do a far better job managing my money that I ever could.
It's time to have an honest conversation with yourself. Which responsibilities do you enjoy and which ones do you dread?
Disclaimer: Aaron did not ask me to write about WMS. If you are interested in getting in touch with him, please send me a message via my Contact Page.