Ten and a half months ago, my life changed forever when my son was born. I expected that. What took me a little more by surprise was the impact on my work life.
Of course, I knew things would change. There would be nursery drop offs and pick ups to navigate; working on the back of disrupted sleep; and managing the family finances to incorporate the costs of day care.
It turns out, there was something I had overlooked. A desire for a work-life balance and a reluctance to be apart from my son started to loom large as my maternity leave neared its end and I found that I needed to explore other options.
I had considered working for myself in the past, and after talking it through with my husband we decided the time was right. I want and need to work, and I am now able to work around - and occasionally alongside - my son, manage my own workload to meet the needs of both my family and my clients, and to enjoy a much more varied work life than ever before. So everyone is happy!