So, the first day back to work after a much anticipated few months is over…and I have to say, I didn’t expect to enjoy it this much. I have been pleasantly surprised to discover that I can still hold a decent conversation, I can still have lunch with a friend without talking about all things baby, I can still walk in high heels, and I can still find my way around this wonderful city. I almost forgot how much I love the city. Theres nothing like hearing a saxophone player at Bank station in the middle of the day to make you realise how much you missed London.
But being back at work today made me feel alive again. It’s not that having my daughter hasn’t made me feel alive, because it most definitely has. But in a different way. Going to work today revived a part of me that I had forgotten about. I had got so into the groove of routine and being a parent that I forgot about the professional, working woman that is a very big part of me. As much as I needed and welcomed the 11 month break from work on maternity leave, and as much as I love and adore my little lady, I have to say, being back at work today made me feel reinvigorated. I’m very aware of the fact that im probably in some kind of honeymoon period at work. After all, at the moment I am just getting to enjoy the nicer side of work. Coffees, lunches, “catch up” meetings. It’s almost fun. In my line of work, until im assigned to a project and a client I virtually manage myself and my own time. Nice work if you can get it, I know. So right now I feel like I have the best of both worlds. But I realised today that I want the best of both worlds. I want it all. I want to be a great mummy and wife, and a successful working woman. So im going to do everything in my power to try to have it all. Of course it’ll be difficult at times, and of course it’ll be tiring. But I have a great husband, supportive family and friends and the best sister-in-law looking after our little lady, so I genuinely feel like it is a real possibility. So here goes nothing, watch this space, there’s a brand new working Maman in town!
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