This is a loaded (and lengthy post), but here goes.
I'm in my mid-30s, and a mom to a two year old. I went back to work full time after having my son, and I am now feeling a strong longing to take a step back and work less to spend more time with him (especially while he's very little), and also re-evaluate my career.
I've worked at the same type of company for my entire career, in the same type of role, and have rarely (if ever) felt any sense of fulfillment from it. It's brought me more stress than happiness, but complacency and the constant feeling of being stuck...has me stuck, literally. I even got an (unexpected) promotion at work a few months ago, and once the initial ego boost wore off, all I've been feeling is a mixed sense of dread and obligation to keep working at my current company, climbing a ladder I know I don't want to climb.
Has anyone out there been in this position? Did you stay home? Get a part-time gig? Go back to school? Become a consultant? Did you propose a different role/hours to your current employer? I personally don't want to fully exit the workforce, but also don't want to keep doing what I'm doing now.
While everyone's situation is different, I'm hoping that input from this community will help inspire me to start taking steps towards a new path.