April 23, 2010

Back to Work

My maternity leave ended at the end of March, and I decided to give "work-work" (as I like to call it ... differentiating from the "work" I do all day every day as a full-time Momma :)  ) a shot on a part-time basis. Wasn't sure how I was going to feel about going back to work, and I still don't know how it's going to be, but I figured I will never know unless I try!

I have always wanted to be a Mom and have the ability to be at home with my child(ren), but then I had found a rewarding career in brand consulting and business development. Now I can see benefits to both these careers, and I think I may want to try and do both. But I hate doing things par or sub-par, so I want to be sure that I am not compromising anything by trying to manage both. We will give it some time and see how it goes.

For now, this is a typical scene:

UPDATE 5/10:
Being back at work part-time from the house is working out great! I really think each job actually helps me be better at the other one. Although it is challenging to manage my time and still get everything done that I would like on a daily basis, I do enjoy pushing myself to try and do more than I thought I could.

I will say though, I underestimated the dynamic of work deadlines versus personal deadlines. My new boss at home Benjamin doesn't tolerate being late for meetings or missing assignments, and he often doesn't give me a heads up about what is going to be expected of me on a given day - he's one of those bosses that decides he wants something and wants it 5 minutes ago - you know the type ;) Then work-work deadlines are hard and fast (i.e. we need this proposal done by the end of the day) and sometimes I don't have those hours to spare, depending on how my day job goes. So I have found myself doing work-work a lot in the evenings, and housework on the weekends to play catch up. Jeff has also been a huge help and support system, doing whatever he can to take care of Ben and the house when I am working against a deadline. I really think it's the right arrangement for us at this point in time, and feel very fortunate to have a great husband and company that are supportive and flexible for this arrangement.

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