How can it be 8:20am? Where has the time gone?
My youngest is late for nursery, and if we don’t get in the car right now my 5-year old will receive a “naughty” slip at school!
Long gone is that simple child-free life when I could slowly get out of bed, spend a bit of time on my face and just worry about getting myself to work.
Instead I get rudely awoken by a hungry toddler, argue with my 5 year old about whether she’s a packed lunch or school dinner, and have a daily panic because my car keys or the school shoes have hidden themselves!
I have to hit the day running and when everyone is where they need to be I breathe a sigh of relief…
School run done – it’s time to start copywriting
Yes it can be stressful juggling kids and a full time job – but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
You see I know I’m not cut out to be a 24/7 mum.
I love and adore my daughters… up to the moon and back again.
Nothing compares with looking into the sparkling eyes of your child as they wonder at each new experience, and nothing competes with the total unconditional love that pours from your heart all because of them.
But I also relish and appreciate the opportunities working mums like me have in today’s society.
You see it’s now possible to turn a passion into a home-run business that makes money. And I say it’s also possible to have a dual identity – Georgina the mum and Georgina the writer.
You see writing is my passion. It’s part of my identity. It’s how I express myself and how I explore my creativity – and I want to do it professionally.
What is that driving force for you?
There’s a throng of feminine business energy
And I’m not alone.
Countless entrepreneurial women with children are exploiting technological advances, social media and ecommerce to create thriving businesses that fit neatly around family commitments.
The path is paved for very small businesses run by working mums to be extremely successful.
And I think one of the reasons women handle the physical and mental challenge is because we’re adept at multi-tasking – it seems it’s scientific. Apparently we have a larger corpus callosum….
- We can type with a 4-year old balanced on our knee.
- We can write a blog with a kids cartoon playing in the background.
- We can prioritise work around a baby or toddler’s nap.
- And we can draw upon the support of family and quality childcare to free up blocks of time for focused work.
But is it really possible to do both jobs well?
That’s the killer question isn’t it…
There are those days when the guilt hits me.
My Mum looked after me full-time, just like her mum did. I’m breaking that tradition by relying on a nursery to do what is “my responsibility”.
And it can be hard to handle that judgement and those emotions.
But I’ve decided to do what feels right.
I want to keep my own identity outside of being a mum. If I don’t I know I will go crazy and my kids will suffer.
Because for me fulfilment comes from juggling both jobs.
Being a self employed writer and micro business owner gives me immense personal satisfaction.
You can aspire to financial freedom. Have the flexibility to work around your children. Explore and express your creativity. And enjoy the buzz that success in business brings.
And I hope my children are inspired by my work ethic. I hope their background and upbringing motivates them to go out in the world and achieve their potential.
I hope the way I’ve chosen to live my life empowers my girls to see that women can achieve great things.
And if I achieve that – I will know I’ve done a good job of being a parent. Because here’s the thing. However hard you try, however much you sacrifice, however much you give – it’s a fact – you could always do more for your children.
I’m proud to be a working mother – it works for me. And I reckon I’m blessed our society is set up for women to achieve business and parenting roles in tandem (if that’s what they choose).
Has any previous generation had so much choice?
P.S: I wrote this blog for @workingmums #wmapplication. As a working mum I was inspired to put into words the challenges and fulfilment I get from juggling two small girls, a thriving copywriting business and the Micro Business Hub.