I am a Mom to a 15 month old daughter and expecting my second child in early January. I am a marketing professional and work from home 4 days a week, travelling to the office one day a week to make sure they don’t forget me.
From my view point being a working mother. I can say it’s not easy juggling both roles but rewarding none the less. With that being said, it is possible to pursue your ambitions and do what makes you happy while maintaining a functioning household and a happy family. That’s what I tell myself!
Trying to find a balance: I don’t think we can ever find a single, long-term way of achieving balance: we need to ebb and flow with the seasons of life, realizing that each season has its own joys and its own challenges. Realizing that whatever season we’re currently in won’t last for long can free us up to appreciate that season and relax into it—while also dreaming about and preparing for the next season. My daughter is cutting her back teeth and it seems to bother her the most at 2am but these sleepless nights won’t last forever ‘’I’m told’’. Some days I feel like things are clicking: I’m productive, my daughter and other half (better half) are happy. On other days, nothing is coming together: I feel, I haven’t gotten anything done, the fridge is bare, the house is a mess, the baby is cranky, the other half is working late and I have to be at the airport at 6am.
A woman is like a tea bag –- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Play to your strengths: Know what your strengths are and outsource what you can’t do. Surround yourself with positive people and don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ and ask for help. I’m an OK cook so I do all the cooking, I am not that great at Ironing (maybe I just don’t like it) so I pass that job over to the better half and gardening, no desire for it at all but I don’t mind taking out the hoover.
I am influenced by people who work hard and aren’t afraid to take calculated risks. I’m inspired by people who aren’t afraid to chase their dreams. My parents are both driven and motivated and I think I have that gene. At the end of the day, I just want to feel like I’ve done good work, been helpful and kind along the way, and can see that my family is happy. I don’t have any other expectations than that. ..
I love this Orla! Well done :)