What have you sacrificed for your career?

Subscribers of the BusinessChic newsletter (sign up is to the right of your screen 😉 )will know that over the weekend I attended a Little Girl Big Dream Master class. I will ‘fess up that originally I was skeptical of the name of the group but doing what I do, I’ve learned to be open to things – so off I went and I can tell you that it was such a beautifully run event that I am so glad that I had the opportunity to go.


Little Girl Big Dream

Aimed at the under-35 professional woman – the group of about 10 were from all sorts of fields such as journalism, public service, procurement, retail and even a few bloggers.

The workshop was facilitated by WONDERFUL Alexie ex-GM of Lululemon and Juliana, Marketing Director of Nike.

So what happens when 10-15 professional women get in a room for a couple of hours on a Saturday? I go to a lot of networking events but the way Little Girl Big Dream structured this masterclass allowed for some really quality conversations. It was refreshing to sit with a bunch of like-minded women to share and workshop things that we’re working on. I am fortunate enough to already have a great network of people I talk to (including your good selves!) but found it interesting to introduce myself to a new group and think about what issues I’d talk about.

One of the topics we touched on – very lightly but enough that it’s been on my brain – is what we’ve sacrificed for our careers. Say, health, marriage, children, holidays.

It got me thinking about this brilliant piece, What I’ve had to sacrifice while climbing the career ladder “, from Marina Go (who I photographed here), written in light of her stepping down as CEO. It’s a piece that I’ve been sending on to friends everywhere and I highly recommend that you take the time to read it. Also wonderful is this piece by Georgina Dent, The most powerful thing a boss can be,  written in light of Marina’s resignation.

In my previous career as an IT auditor I felt that I was sacrificing my creativity. In my current incarnation as a freelancer, I am concerned that I’ve been sacrificing my reliability as a blogger. See I am dealing with letting go of the steady income and trying to find a balance between taking on paid work while also continuing to grow BusinessChic and a growing number of related projects. The projects are great (I’m so excited about sharing them with you!) but I’m also mindful that they’ve been taking me away from creating regular content for you here at BusinessChic. I remember hearing Lucy from The Design Files say “be regular as clockwork.” – you may recall that I used to publish daily at 7am but in the last few weeks I have been running increasingly late. For that I apologise and thank you for your patience!! You will be rewarded as there will be a relaunch of this site later on this year including clearer categories to help you find what you’re looking for. And I’m realising that I can’t do everything myself so if you are interested in contributing to BusinessChic – please let me know 🙂

Have you had a think about what you have sacrificed for your career? How does it sit with you? What plans have you put in place to manage the sacrifice? Have you asked for help?



Little Girl Big Dream

I’ll also be checking out the group’s first book, 500 Words of Wisdom

Women’s Agenda – must-read site for the professional woman



  1. When I was working as an engineer in Malaysia, I felt like I was sacrificing my creativity too. It’s very strange to hear that because that’s what engineers are meant to be, creative. I’d say creative in the arts. I was also sacrificing what I actually knew best (computer coding, web design, web troubleshooting, etc) to do a paid job that so many other engineers find easy and enjoy but I found difficult and boring. Now that I’m blogging and doing web design, coding, web troubleshooting on the side, I find myself sacrificing a steady income. But it’s something I’m happy to manage and a challenge that I gladly accept head-on.

    • Thanks for sharing that, Tine 🙂

      One of the things that I took away from some career counselling I got was “identify the things you are good at AND like doing”. Sounds like you’ve found that intersection and while a steady income is good – how great is job satisfaction for the soul!

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