The week that I’ve been dreading for months has come and gone, and both of my children are now in school full-time, officially closing the a-child-at-home chapter of my life.
My son was born in January 2009, when I was only a few years into my chiropractic career. My clinic was a brand new baby too, and it soon became apparent that I could not manage being a full-time mom and a full-time business woman effectively. I chose to sell my clinic and build my practice as a part-time associate rather than a full-time chiropractor, and that’s what I’ve done for the last seven and a half years. My husband and I have managed to juggle our work hours so that one of us is always at home, thus eliminating the need for daycare, and I’ve gradually increased my clinic hours as my children have gotten older. The flexibility of my job has been an unexpected quality-of-life bonus for me, and not something that was on my radar as a 20-something embarking upon my chiropractic degree.
Here I am on the other side of that transition away from work. Taking a conscious step back from my practice in 2009 seemed like a huge undertaking at the time. The feminist in me felt guilty about taking my foot off the gas of my growing career and the mother in me felt guilty for feeling that way. But long hours at the clinic were soon traded for long hours of newborns, diapers, and strollers, and my primary hat shifted from clinic to kids. It’s been that way for a long time, and my “normal” is daytime with my kid(s) and afternoon/evenings with my patients. That’s about to change.
Effective yesterday, I’ve increased my clinic hours by nearly 50%. This is the largest change in my professional life to date, second only to the sale of my clinic in 2010. My daytime availability is skyrocketing, and my afternoon/evening availabity will shift only slightly. For my current patients, I hope that this opens up more opportunity for you to get an appointment with me at your convenience, and for my new patients, I look forward to having much more time to meet you and help you.
If you’re reading this, you’ve been a part of my professional journey thus far, and I hope that you continue to do so. I appreciate your support, and I will see you soon.
NEW CLINIC HOURS: