I’m back at work.
After 1.5 years of being out of the office I’m sitting back at the desk, doing my bit for my country and family.
Since I was last here I have changed in so many ways. I’ve been bought to my knees with grief after watching and nursing my vivacious young Ma being stolen bit by bit by brain cancer and having to say goodbye. I’ve learnt what really matters in life and striving to get my YOLO groove on.
My kangaroo pouch has gotten larger and my heart fuller as our second son Ari came into our worlds and bought sunshine to the shadows.
Our eldest Leo has gone from bub to little man, giving the best hugs and kisses while making us laugh and pull out our hair simultaneously 🙂
Speaking of hair, I’ve chopped off mine as a lot of women do when their lives veer into a different courses and I’ve got a Fitbit as I realise I just can’t get to the gym at the moment.
Yet, back at the office desk I feel like a piece of the old me has returned. Emma not Mum is back! I can think about non-kid matters and wear some nice clothes plus enjoy a hot drink before getting cold! I’m recognised for the ‘work me’ and I like it.
But it isn’t all roses and I guess the striving for work/life balance never is. I know it will take a while for the family to regain a new schedule with drop offs/pick ups, keeping the house clean, mouths fed and all that. It has only been two weeks and I’m only going back two days a week for now, so easy does it I’m sure.
The truth is I’m still grieving, still picking up the pieces a year later on. But in these tough times for many people struggling financially and unable to find work, I feel very blessed and thankful for having the office desk to go back to.
Are you a working mum? How did you find the transition back into work? What do you find as the biggest challenge balancing work and domestic duties? Love to hear your thoughts!