Happy New Year!
I love the New Year because not only do I get to ponder the great moments I had in 2018 (new baby, new business) but I get the chance to look ahead and think, 'what do I want to do, for myself, in 2019?' Of course, we all want health and happiness but, its also a good moment to think about what path you want for 2019.
The truth is, as a mum, we often (and of course) put our kids first to a point where we don't get a chance to think about ourselves. The New Year is an opportunity for you to create change for a better life for yourself.
To kick start your new year, I have a few questions for you. What do you want to change in your life? What's putting you off making that change? Do you want a new job? Do you want a new career but not sure what?' Asking yourselves these questions and then drilling them down will help you set your resolutions. One of my goals for 2018 was to set-up Careersafterkids. I was scared at first because I thought it would fail. Nonetheless, through perseverance and mentorship from one of the best women's coaches in UK, Whitney Lehman, we launched on 27th August. Believe me, it wasn't easy juggling a very cheeky little monkey, new baby and starting a business but if I haven't had done it, I would've been kicking myself. My resolutions for 2019 are for my business to grow, get fitter after my cesarean and my family to have health and happiness.
If you're thinking about returning to work but worried about how employers will react to your application, then I want to put that fear to bed. Employers are now embracing mothers to fill their jobs because not only are they great multi-taskers but they can deal with stress really well. I bet you have an abundance of skills that you haven't even thought of that employers would love. Its just about taking that chance and going for it. You haven't got anything to lose!
If you want a career change but unsure what to do, my biggest advice is - do something that you're passionate about. When I went through this process, I was passionate about helping people, providing a service and being an entrepreneur. Through writing down my passions, the seeds for Careersafterkids were sown.
So, if you're in a "stuck" zone, here's a little task for you to move you forward. Write down all the things you're passionate about, what you enjoy, what will make you feel fulfilled. From there, think about whether you can make it work and how you'd feel if you didn't. These questions will help you decide what direction you want in your life.
Finally, I want to talk about fear. Making change won't become a reality if you don't face your fears. When I started careersafterkids, I feared people would see me as this little person - a failure. I grew up feeling like that for years but eventually, I learn't that fear is just an illusion. Fear isn't your reality. Fear isn't your future. Make 2019 a special one FOR YOU! You've got this!
With love and gratitude,
The biggest thing I’ve learnt from having a career and being a mum is the ability to be strong enough to say, “this is the life I want” and not feel guilty for saying it. I know, it’s easier said than done right? But, I’ve been able to do this by organising my career in a way that doesn’t inflict on family life.Discover more