I have decided to jump out of my comfort zone and do something different. I have worked for the same company for 10 years. I have loved it (Although some days have been testing…), learnt so much, met some brilliant people and done some truly amazing things. Now is the time to move on…
There are many reasons for the move but mainly it is choice to make a new life. Working for a large organisation comes with many restrictions and challenges. I have enjoyed these and worked with them for as long as I can remember. However, some of the restrictions such as job progression and flexible working are now more important to me than perhaps they once were.
As well as working in public relations I am a mum. A mum to two amazing little girls and I want to dedicate time to them while they are young and really need me around. I have done a lot of travelling with my job and when they were younger they didn’t really understand but now they get it. Having them crying as I leave the house is tough on everyone but especially them. I want to take my children to school as often as possible and pick them up. Currently it is dropping and picking them from childcare but I want to be part of their school life.
The next reason is having some freedom. Freedom to be creative and try new things. Freedom to grow into a new role and not be held back. I believe I have a lot of experience and skills that can add value to another organisation so I am going to do just that.
My next move is to a small PR agency. I have always worked in-house but now is the time for me to give agency life all I have. I am lucky enough to have found an agency that appreciates that although I am a mum who would like to spend time with my family, but I am also skilled in what I do and can do a great job for them. I will be working four days giving me a day to be a full-time mum. I am also altering my hours to mean I can drop Miss A at school four days a week. I am very happy about this!
Managing family finances
With a change like this there has to be a slight downside and I am taking a bit of drop in salary, but I believe the benefits will outweigh this. But still I have bills to pay so I am going to have to change the way I manage my finances to balance this out. There will be lots of meal planning, clever shopping and less visits to my beloved Fat Face!
Mr C is a demon with a spreadsheet so has worked it all out. He can even tell me how many times I visit various shops throughout the month…(!) More on this in a future blog post.
Anyway, onwards and upwards. I am totally excited about my new future and a little bit nervous which I think is a good combo!