I’m lucky enough to live in a beautiful, semi-rural area, and I love it here. There’s the convenience of nearby amenities (you know, train station, shopping centre, cafés), blended with the picturesque feel of country living. We can go for lovely walks and drives, which my little man really enjoys, and there’s so much to see.
This evening, we popped over to the shops to pick up some snacks – the breastfeeding mother’s life(hunger)saver – and J started making sleep noises. He often falls asleep while we’re driving, so I took a roundabout way home, in an attempt to arrive at the house with a sleeping baby. Alas, it was not to be this time, but that’s not what this post is about …
My work history consists of various corporate roles. By the time I return to work from maternity leave, I’ll have been away for thirteen months. I’m not particular looking forward to going back. As I drove – looking out at the farms, with their horses and crop fields, listening to my little man grumbling in the back seat – I found myself contemplating what it would be like to work on a farm. What would it be like to do a predominantly physical job, where your livelihood is literally dependent on the amount of work you get done in a day, and is at the mercy of Mother Nature?
This isn’t the first time I’ve thought about what it would be like to do a job that is completely different to the kinds I’ve done in the past. When I go to the hairdresser, the doctor, the mechanic, the pharmacy … so many different ways to earn a living.
It also isn’t the first time I have considered doing another sort of job. I think back to when I was selecting my undergraduate uni course, and recall the things I valued then: a secure field, a role with decent pay (you know, so I could buy shoes), a role that provided room to rise up in the ranks, something that involved travel. After meeting my ex-husband, that changed to a stable job with financial security that would help us buy our own place and go on holidays. When we decided to start a family, the emphasis moved firmly to stability and financial security, a job that would provide me with maternity leave and return-to-work benefits, so that our standard of living wasn’t impacted too greatly.
I’ve always had the right kind of job for my situation; and, now that my situation involves my tiny person (with whom I’ve enjoyed spending all my time), it’s time to think about what is important to me now. Yes, I need something that is stable and financially secure; but I’m also at the point in my career where I need my job to not only be challenging (as my day job certainly is), but also rewarding. And I’m not talking about the kind of satisfaction you get from solving a technical issue plaguing your content management system, or finishing a 100 page user manual in the allotted timeframe (although I do enjoy that). I’m talking about a job that feeds my soul.
I want the kind of job that gives me more flexibility than I get with an office job (though I would be remiss not to thank my boss for being incredibly understanding of the various circumstances over the past few years that have required flexible work arrangements); something that doesn’t take me away from my son. I want a job that I truly enjoy, and that I can do with absolute confidence. I’m confident in my skills at work (although I’m not entirely sure I’ll remember how to do my job when I get back!), but there’s always a part of me that worries I’m not doing it right. And it’s not like that with writing, which has always come easily to me. I can say without arrogance that I write well, and can write about almost anything with relative ease.
I’ve got plans (exciting plans!) for being a stay-at-home working mum. I feel happy just thinking about it, and I know it’s the right step for me. For now, it will be something I do alongside my day job, starting with monetising my blog. But more exciting facets of this career I’ve invented will come into play within the next couple of years. I’ll share more about this as things happen, but for now, I’ll leave you in suspense!
Wishing you all work-life balance, but more importantly, career happiness! Whether it’s as a blogger, a doctor, a lawyer, a shop assistant, a receptionist, a farmer, a homemaker, or anything in between, you deserve a job that you truly enjoy.
Mini Mummi Blogger is a first time mummy to a beautiful baby boy. Currently on maternity leave, she is looking to put her writing/publishing experience to good use through her blog, helping other mummies navigate through the wealth of often conflicting (and, sometimes, even discouraging) information out there about pregnancy and motherhood. She believes that every mummy knows what’s best for her own baby – even first time mums!