I was raised with a very strong work ethic, all thanks to my mother. As a single parent, she often worked not only one but often three jobs just to keep us afloat. They may not have been her dream jobs but she did what she needed to do for us. The magnitude of her commitment as well as her unwavering determination to succeed as a mother has set the bar very high for me. Her acts of love and examples of how to take on life’s challenges are something I will always be grateful for.
This week I traveled abroad for work. It’s always been a consistent theme in my life. But with the birth of our two children that aspect of my life slowed down tremendously and on a definite need-to basis. I feel fortunate that I can carefully plan my work around my husband and children’s schedule so it’s not too disruptive for them. As the planning got under way for my most recent trip, I was very excited about working, traveling, and to be honest taking a few days to connect with myself. Even if it as simple as sitting down to read a few chapters in a book uninterrupted. With my bags packed, hugging and kissing my little ones and husband goodbye, that excitement turned to doubt and of course, needless to say, outright guilt.
I hope to set an example for my girls that if you want something you need to go out there and earn it...
But in current times it’s important that I stick to my core belief system that it’s important for my children to see me pursuing a career. The pain I feel when I leave them is real and I don’t think that will ever change. But I hope to set an example for my girls that if you want something you need to go out there and earn it.
Please feel free to share anything you wish about being a full-time, part-time, or stay-at-home mom. Or full/part-time working mother, of course. I learn so much from your discussions and I hope by us sharing our experiences, we are able to help and support one another.
From my home to yours,