Erin — Totally agree that the phrase “fast-paced environment” in a job description is often code for “stressful” (at least to a Thriver!). So you’re smart to be wary of that! And yes, it’s absolutely possible to explain your desire for work-life balance in a way that sounds like a win-win to an employer — you’re happier AND you’re more productive for them. It’s all about how you frame it!
And I don’t think switching fields has to be as challenging as it feels. I’m certain you have more transferable skills that you could highlight than you might realize. (For more inspiration and advice about switching fields, check out Rachel’s recent podcast interview with her client Penni, who gives LOT of great insight into this!)
Can’t wait to hear how your personal at-home painting workshop goes! 😉