Life Decisions and Such...

After much deliberation, I have finally made the decision to leave my job at the symphony and join the prestigious ranks of stay-at-home moms.  I probably would have carried on working if our amazing nanny hadn't had to leave.  Even then, although I thought hard about staying home, the idea of change was scary (as were the financial implications), so we hired a new nanny.  However, that didn't end up working out, and after she left (6 days in), it seemed the universe might be telling me something!  So I screwed up my courage, followed my heart, and tendered my resignation.  

I will be very sad to leave the TSO.  I have made life-long friends there, learned an incredible amount from some brilliant people, and been lucky enough to spend each day promoting and marketing something I believe makes a difference to the people and the fabric of the society we live in.  However, as my boss wisely said, there will always be a symphony (hopefully) and it will always need marketing, but my little guys are only going to be little for so long, and I don't want to miss any more of it than I already have.

I have a feeling that my life is going to change in ways I haven't even considered yet - kind of like the feeling I had the night before my first son was born - but I am kind of excited by the idea.  (Or at least I am now - talk to me at 3 am...)  However, if you have ANY advice, recommendations, or ideas on how to entertain two toddlers through 3 solid weeks of rain, how to seek out adult company, how to make a few bucks on the side, or where to find the best play centres, I am all ears!  And also up for coffee-fueled play dates. :)

My last day at work is this Friday - yikes!  Here's to new adventures!  

Cheesy quotes from my Pinterest page - they ring true these days!


  1. Congratulations Lisa on such a momentous decision. I'm sure you will never regret spending more time with your boys.

  2. Congratulations! That is a big decision to make and for good reason. Good for you for taking that step. I think that is the hardest part.

  3. Wow, congratulations Lisa! It's a big decision, but it's a good one. I love the quotes you chose for this post too. It actually made me tear up a little reading them because I wish I was able to stay at home too, but it's not just financially viable right now for us. Perhaps when the second kid comes around, it will make more sense. Good luck with this new venture!

  4. Thanks so much you guys - I really appreciate all your kind words and optimism! As I was writing back to Shannon I realized that I forgot to write in there how lucky I feel to be able to make this choice. It will for sure be tough times financially for a bit, but luckily my husband is onside and we sort of see it as in investment in our kids. I can definitely appreciate how tough it must be to want to stay home and know there is just no way. It does change with the second - suddenly child care is a much more massive chunk of your income and the balance shifts a bit. But to be able to do this, and with the unwavering support of the fam, is a real gift that I don't take lightly. xo to the hubster! :)

  5. Congrats - I think this is a great decision. Plus, you'll have more time to blog!

  6. It is a great decision and actually that first quote was one that stuck in my head when I was looking through your pinterest site.

  7. I just got teary. Seriously, my eyes welled up.

  8. I love you Lisa (and Chris) and know that this decision is the best. Everything you have said is so true. Don't put off your happy life or your kids. How have the first 3 days of your new full time job been?

    As for extra money on the side. I need your help decorating our bedroom and in the next year a new house and since you have the most amazing sense of style can I please hire you?!

    I am always up for coffee dates and you know I adore your boys so I would love playing in the park, on the Island, and even in Mississauga - you know the lake is there too, plus we have parks and trails, shocking for suburbia I realize. Ignore Chris, the boys would love it.

    Big hugs to you - one of my most amazing, brilliant, inspiring and intelligent friends.

  9. Hi Lisa

    I was SURE I commented on this post.... did it not go through ?


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