You might consider these puppies hot off the press, as I only just stepped into this new position about six months ago. However, prior to that, it was content and creative manager, and before that, senior copywriter. There's always been a professional title attached to my name in addition to Coach's Wife, and balancing a career of my own among the commitments that come with this territory isn't easy.
In fact, when I negotiated terms for this job, I had to carefully consider my time and schedule as a top priority. When you throw daycare and a commute into the mix, not to mention the fact that it's important to me to be at Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon games, it was imperative that my new boss and colleagues understood my situation. I have to leave the office by 3:30 (on most days), bottom line.
Six months in, I can say that I have been blessed beyond belief in this new role. My work and family life lines are much more blurred than they ever have been before, but I'm learning to love it that way. And I'm finally in a place that really embraces ALL of who I am rather than just what's printed on my business card - Coach's Wife, mother, Christian, writer, maker, and more.
It's crazy to think about how much my Coach's career permeates into everything I do, every decision I make. Then I see it happening right in front of me as I stare a job offer in the face...and the first thing that comes to mind is - regardless of how great this opportunity sounds, I have to be able to keep the flexibility in my schedule.
Sometimes I think I'd like to leave it all behind and focus on my calling as a Coach's Wife alone, but, as I'm sure many of you understand, finances won't allow for that at this point in our lives. And even if they did, I'm not ready to let go of this piece of me just yet. I'm good at what I do, and I love doing it. Sure, sometimes I have to give up things as a Coach's Wife to continue the pursuit of my career, but that's just part of how it all fits together. What matters most is that my other titles are my priority, but the formal one is a big piece of who I am. And I believe that because I have that, I'm a better Coach's Wife, mother, and everything else in between.
What kind of titles do you hold in addition to Coach's Wife - printed on business cards or not - the roles we play in this life are a lot to juggle and I'd love to know how you make it all work! If a professional career is in the cards for you, how does your title of Coach's Wife play into that?