So this blog started out as a place for like-minded mums to meet, where we could chat about kids, life, style, books, music and generally trying to be a mum and have a life. Then it became more about flexible working because that was my (and many of my friends’ biggest issue). Then once I’d decided to take redundancy it became ALL I could think about.
So while my main focus is finding and interviewing parents who have given up the 9-5, and trying to find tips and advice for balancing kids and career, I figured it’s also a blog about me, a mum of three small boys who has worked full time, part time and freelance with children finally jacking it all in and trying to do something different. As such I thought I’d keep a weekly (ish) diary so you can see how I’m getting on…
Maybe I should just get a proper job
So the main thoughts this week, are mainly and pretty much totally maybe I should just get another job. I take redundancy on 10 November and so have started looking around, putting out feelers (emailing everyone I know, updating LinkedIn, registering with job sites, reading emails from job sites and generally feeling rather depressed about the whole thing.) I keep seeing jobs I SHOULD apply for (great position, great location, looks good on the CV and sounds good when I mention it in passing) but then my heart’s really not in it. With both of us working full time life was becoming more and more tricky now our middle son is also at school. I’ve no idea how anyone finds the time to sort out school books let alone do homework, oh and we never have friends for tea. But that was fine. That’s life and you can’t do it all. It was more about me being able to do both – have a career but also have a bit of what I had, friends round for tea, some time with my parents before bedtime. But also because selfishly I can’t work in an office 9-5 anymore. My limbs are seizing up, I find myself looking out of the window and once you’ve had time off whether that’s freelance or on maternity leave, it’s quite hard to go back to a rigid routine.
If not a proper job, what?
So where am I? I’m doing some digital marketing training, to broaden my CV and hopefully open up some flexible opportunities. I’m also continuing to email people about flexible/freelance working. And there are two job applications on my desk that look great, but I would have to ask about flexible working. But there’s flexible and flexible. Flexible to me isn’t four days a week or even really compressed hours. It’s being given a job, a project and completing it to a deadline in your time (whether that’s during the school day, weekends, early mornings or evenings.) Maybe that’s too much to ask for just yet?