Wednesday, February 23
And I can feel it... I'm a mixture of excited and sad. I'm going back to the corporate workforce.
Not just yet though - mid this year - I'll have the frills settled into school and I'll be ready. I'm very lucky to love what I do - I'm a project manager/consultant and have worked in my field and specifically this role for a number of companies for the past 12 years - take about 3 years off in the past 6 since I had my babes.
I'm looking forward to working with new clients, fixing issues, being challenged coming across old colleagues, meeting new ones. I'm looking forward to having more financial freedom, a place to be other than home, getting my hair cut on a regular basis - shopping for work clothes and shoes, let's not forget the shoes. The kids will be able to do more 'extras' and I'll be able to upgrade my computer, my phone and everything else I've neglected since I finished up work.
You see, for me to be the one at home - we made significant material sacrifices. I was the major breadwinner of our family - my hubby though well qualified and experienced and at the top of his game, does not have half the earning capacity I do.. and that's not his fault - it's just our industries. But we've gone without things like holidays, new clothes, haircuts, beauticians (OK that's just me) two cars, swimming-ballet-and-the-like-type lessons and even pre-school because to us, well more importantly me - with my hubby's support - to be at home with our girls whilst they were young. There's only one chance to do this and because we did have them so close together in the scheme of things -it wasn't too long to 'go without' or be out of the workforce.
No regrets. But my hubby will be very relieved to see that extra income coming in you can imagine!
So all in all this year is a big change for all of us. I will miss being there for every drop off and pick-up, being able to help the school in a physical way as much as I do now, attending every little performance or carnival, hosting playdates every week and all the things I'm enjoying now. I shall be savouring every bit of it - because before long our life will be a rush of dropping off, picking up, getting home, fed, homework done and bed each night. Hopefully I can work 3 or 4 days a week but that's not always possible in my line of work - nor is working from home.
And of course, I'll be keeping up the blog - it is my sanity I tell you - I'll NEED to continue my blog to keep me sane!
Are you a working parent to school-aged kids? Any tips you want to impart to me?
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