Welcome to another “Interview With A Working Mum”.
Each week I’m introducing you to a working mum who will tell you her story about her struggles and favourite parts about working and raising a family.
First up, please introduce yourself…
I’m a young single mum of one free spirited toddler, I currently live in Bournemouth but am soon to be spending some time in Jamaica with family while home schooling and working remotely.
WHAT LINE OF WORK ARE YOU IN?
My line of work is digital marketing. In the past I’ve worked from home as a virtual assistant and social media manager while building my blog. My part time job at the moment is as Creative Assistant where my job tasks are certainly miscellaneous, from social media, blog writing, video editing, photography and the list goes on!
HOW MANY DAYS PER WEEK DO YOU WORK?
I work Tuesday-Friday 9-5 but as of the new year I’ll be taking the leap to go freelance. And anyone who’s self employed or worked from home before knows it means you work at all hours! Especially when you have a little one.
Who looks after your son while you work?
He goes to nursery. There are usually the same staff when he goes, they’re all lovely!
ARE YOU IN THE SAME JOB/LINE OF WORK AS BEFORE YOU HAD Your Son?
I was 19 when I was pregnant and was a little bit lost so I wouldn’t say I was a working professional beforehand, I had a summer job at a diner and a few hours at a call centre here and there but otherwise generally trying to find out what I wanted to do in life. I’ve definitely found my feet and shaped my own path since having my son.
HOW QUICKLY DID YOU RETURN TO WORK AFTER HAVING YOUR son?
I was itching to make something of myself after I became a mum and went to work when he was just 9 months. I started as a Christmas temp in my local Lush store which was a dream come true. I had also set up my blog a few months beforehand.
DID YOU WANT TO RETURN TO WORK?
As mentioned before I definitely wanted to go to work, perhaps I’m not the most maternal care giver as I was itching for a change in routine and bored of being a stay at home mum!
WHAT ARE THE HARDEST THINGS ABOUT BEING A WORKING MUM?
The hardest thing would be the feelings of guilt… not knowing if I’m working too much and not spending enough quality time with my son. And as a newly single parent it has taken a while to adjust to doing everything on my own, from making breakfast at 7am, the nursery drop offs and pick ups, doing the washing, being the assistant bum wiper, bogey picker, dinner maker, bump kisser and everything else in between. And still having enough energy in the day to remember to look after myself!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT BEING A WORKING MUM?
If I’m honest I couldn’t imagine not being a working mum. I love making ideas and creative projects a reality and enjoy the satisfaction of overcoming challenges. I have so many ideas and visions for 2017 and will have the luxury as a freelancer to work flexibly and do work I’m passionate about and enjoy!
WHAT ARE YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT BEING A WORKING MUM?
My least favourite thing is not feeling like there’s enough hours in the day to do everything, especially with my creative mind going non stop all the time!
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR OTHER WORKING MUMS OR MUMS THINKING ABOUT RETURNING TO WORK AFTER MATERNITY LEAVE?
Don’t rush it! Take time to really think about what you enjoy doing, see what your options are and how flexible you can be. Be honest with yourself on this. Also, think short and long term about childcare arrangements!
If you want to find out more about Cydney check out her blog.
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