I have recently returned to the workforce after being a stay at home mum for a bit. At first I was a little apprehensive and worried thinking holy shit how am I going to fit everything that I did whilst being at home around work or fit work around everything I did at home. Usually I had all day to clean up and prep all the dinner stuff (even sneak in a bit of Real Housewives or whatever else was on the planner waiting for me to watch) and then after school, head off to the multitude of activities.
Then I gave myself a pep talk and put on my big girl pants and was ready to head out the door. The girls were a bit excited seeing mummy dressing up for work. Well I couldn’t be happier for doing so. Ever since starting I feel like I have an extra bounce in my step and I’m proud of myself. Even though I contributed to the household before with keeping everything running, now to be able to help financially a little bit too makes me feel great. The best feeling was buying my husband his birthday gift that I can now say I paid for myself!!
Instead of having all day to do my other stuff I now found my rhythm/routine and can fit it all in. I’m up at 6am, both girls help me in the morning and the afternoon with simple chores that I give them, even the husband helps too a lot more now. I had to tweak our dinner’s to meals that don’t take too long to prep, but I’m proud that I can still fit everything in even yoga classes in the evening some days. Don’t get me wrong at the end of the night once the girls are in bed I am tired but I have a feeling of accomplishment. I don’t have a cleaner or a nanny to help me, it’s just me. I know that there are lots of other mum’s that are doing the same as me, still keeping the household running and going to work, whether part-time or full-time, and still getting the kids to all the after school activities on time, so to all those mum’s, stand tall and be proud of yourself that hell yeah we are doing it! Can I just drop a Beyoncé song line here, “Who run the world? GIRLS!”
At work I sit around the meeting table now, with the rest of the team, and it feels great to contribute to things and be heard, prior to this I was always in meetings, with me, myself and I. I’m lucky enough to work with an amazing team of other women, and I love being at work, and to know I’m making a difference even if it is small is a great feeling. At work you get thanked for doing a great job and your efforts are recognised. It makes you feel good about yourself.
I hope people don’t read this and think I’m taking a dig at mum’s who don’t work because in my opinion all mum’s are working mum’s whether it’s a stay at home mum, if you run your own business or if you head out to the office. This is just how I feel about returning to work!
So I am a proud mamma and you should be to, for all your accomplishments!