I took a promotion several years ago that doubled my work hours (to an avg 80/hr week) for a raise of less than $4k. I work in a male dominated industry, and many men wanted to end their career with the position I was promoted into.
After much thought, I requested a voluntary demotion to an administrative position. Going back to a 40 hr week, no after-hours/weekend response in person or via phone/email, no late night/early morning meetings.....I will have time to focus on my family and our household, and myself, and my stress will be next to none. My husband also works a solid 80/hr week, so we will no longer juggle responsibilities now that I will always be available.
The announcement and transfer to my new position will be made public Monday, and I just had to say it somewhere now.....in my field, everyone is going to wonder what is wrong with me for going backwards instead of forwards. I was considered a rising star, and had won many awards and received much recognition.....but I'm taking this demotion (and only losing $4k/year) to focus on my family and enjoy my life. I am so, so excited!!!
Thanks for listening!!