Well I’ve finally done it. I am now officially a freelance marketer and copywriter! It’s been a scary unsettling time since being made redundant from my job at the beginning of the month, and going it alone wasn’t an easy decision.
I have to say, I’m someone who likes the security of a regular income and stability, especially with Aria to think about. I didn’t want her to have to go without anything or for my husband to feel under pressure as the main breadwinner. But, as always, he’s been my biggest supporter in this.
A big positive in the last few weeks has been being able to spend more time with Aria. Although my mum was looking after her when I was working part-time, I still felt guilty being away from her for a few days. I feel like we’re enjoying each other’s company so much at the moment, even with the odd toddler tantrum! Watching her grow up and do new things everyday makes my heart burst with pride.
I don’t know about you but I feel like options are still very limited for working mums. Unless you’re happy to and can afford to put your child in nursery full time, you often have to take what’s out there. Part-time jobs are few and part-time jobs in the industry I want to work in, that actually pay well, are even fewer. Our options are very limited and I think this is rather unfair. But, you make a choice I suppose.
Speaking to some other ladies when doing a makeup job at the weekend, we discussed the fact that for men, things stay pretty much the same. After paternity leave, they go back to their full time job whereas our lives are unrecognisable. That gets easier as little ones get older and I’m sure many husbands, like mine, do their fair share at the weekend.
Apart from anything I suppose I want this to be a positive thing and an opportunity I grab with both hands. I doubt I would’ve had the guts to go it alone without a push. I want Aria to grow up thinking she can do anything she puts her mind to. I hope I can inspire her.
What’s your experience as a working mum? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for reading,