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The Dream: Wake up, workout before my two little girls wake up, and get them washed, dressed, fed, and out the door with enough time for me to grab a cup of coffee.

The Reality: Wrangling my daughters through breakfast, getting dressed, remembering their backpacks, and hunting for a missing stuffed monkey — set to the tune of my two-year-old’s deafening tantrum that ends only after I hand her off to the preschool teacher. Was I so tired I could’ve crawled in the backseat for a nap? Yes. Did I miss her like crazy? Also yes. And that much deserved…

How I got here

About 6 months ago, I got the chance of a lifetime. My husband and I quit our cushy tech jobs in the Bay Area to travel the world with our two little girls — 1.5 and 3.5 years old at the time. I had just spent 7 years in the Bay Area building my career and starting a family and could not be more comfortable professionally. I had a high-paying job as a female executive at a tech company in a position I had only dreamed of years ago. We had a great place in the…

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