Life as a working mum is often challenging so we bet there are days you want to throw in the towel. Whenever you need a reminder of all the things you love about being a career mum find inspiration in these ladies' stories.
Sarah Morrissey | Little Rockers Radio
On finding self-fulfilment:
“I love being a Mum, but I also love working and didn't want to leave this part of my life behind when I had children. I took off close to 12-months for each child and then went back to my position as a Marketing Manager.
I ended up throwing in my job to work for myself when my children were 6 and 8 and really enjoy having the flexibility to pick up the kids from school and be a little more relaxed in the evenings!
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Queen of your own finances
Most couples manage to effectively share their finances whether they’re both working or not. But when you’ve got two incomes to use hopefully you have a little extra money to cover bills as well as luxuries. When you’ve worked hard for your money it’s great to know you can spend it how you choose, whether that’s spoiling the kids with a fancy electric car or yourself with egyptian cotton sheets.
Bianca Mazzarella | McDonald Murholme
On modern work arrangements:
“Being a working mum in the current climate is more sustainable than ever before, as employers are now more informed of their obligation to work collaboratively with you, to find a suitable work life balance. Working mothers have the right to request flexible working arrangements such as a change of hours, change in patterns of work such as ‘split-shifts’, or a change of location to be moved closer to home. Engaging these rights can make the world of difference to you and your family.”
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Susan Spelic | The Reading Mountain
On balancing work and family:
“Being a mum while a full-time working mother means that time is precious. As a firm believer that family is always first, Susan admits it is still a juggling act and there is always a need to be flexible. Short family beach breaks and daily meditation are key to making the journey smoother and to ‘keep on going.’
Stopping to be mindful of her senses and breathing- even at traffic lights or while a kettle is boiling, are the foundations of Susan’s ‘self-care.’ When days are hectic, prioritising key tasks needs to happen. There will always be an uncompleted list. So far, Susan has surprised herself in a good way and believes that celebrating successes with family is important, together with showing her girls that powerful learning happens from challenging situations.”
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For all those moments you thought you couldn’t take it anymore remind yourself why you do it. Both your career and your kids are part of what shapes you and somehow we doubt you’d give up one or the other in a hurry. Take a look at more career mum advice in our style tips blog.