I have been fascinated by the reactions that people have had to me when I was on maternity leave, when I was getting ready to go back to work, and now that I am back at work. I find that some people are very judgemental about how they expect families to work. Well, I’ve got news for you everyone, we’re all different, we all have different needs and that is one of the amazing things about us.
My aim is to share the stories of families of all different types and spread the word that we are all playing a #BalancingAct to get through and raise our little people the best way we can. Let’s celebrate the diversity between our families, let’s not judge each other.
So, this week I’d like to hand you over to Aby from YouBabyMeMummy.
- Tell me about your family
I am Aby and I live with my hubby and our daughter ‘Baby’ on the Berkshire/Hampshire border, only a couple of miles from the real Downtown Abbey!. I am a Northerner who moved down south for love and Mr Hubby is a born and bred Southerner. So we have lots of arguments about whether you should have gravy on chips or not (of course you should!).
- What was your job/position before you started your family?
In life BB (before Baby) I was a commercial events organiser. Although I have done quite a few jobs; PA to the MD, Careers Advisor, Groom, Business Support for a Headhunter, but to name a few…
- What was your work-life balance like?
Not great if I am honest. I get a little ‘invested’ in things and I am afraid it makes me a little consumed by work. So I find it incredibly difficult not to work.
- How did you find being away from work when you were on maternity/paternity leave?
I thought I would find it extremely hard, as so much was wrapped up with my job, friends, social life and the fact that it was my baby and I loved it. However, when my new baby arrived, none of it seemed to matter anymore.
- Have you returned to some kind of work since having baby and how did you come to that decision?
I have not returned to work, but I am trying to develop my blog and I currently handle the blog and social media for a growing brand.
- Describe your work-life balance now in 3 words.
Work too much
- Would you change anything about the family and work balance that you currently have?
Yes, I feel the constant pressure to develop my blog and I need to financially. However, as the main carer for our daughter (as Mr Hubby works full time), time is tight. I find myself writing, when I feel I should be entertaining Baby. I want to get to a place where I am a bit ahead work wise, so I can relax a little more and devote more time to our daughter.