We all have a rich currency of authenticity that is found in our energy, heart, soul and spirit. When you get to the point that your life ahead is more important than the life you've already had, then it may be time to spend your currency to go where you want to be.
It is brutally shocking when our lives are falling apart and the rest of the world doesn't seem to notice. The first time I experienced this was when my husband was lying in a hospital bed fighting for his life.
The real point of a garage sale is the purge. The lifelong desire, so rarely realized, to clean house, free up space, and organize your life -- which allows many to rationalize putting actual garbage on tables.
These days, wives are doing things we enjoy more than running errands with our days --and so an industry of concierge services, household managers and the like has sprung up to try to make the little things littler.
I think we all agree that employers need to do more to retain off-ramping women and to make the work environment more family friendly. But I do think that it also requires an attitude shift on our end as women and as mothers in that at some point we do have to make some choices.
An analysis of any relationship should include a cold and painfully honest awareness of oneself. What traits make you happy? What traits make you unhappy? What can you live with? What can't you live without?