I’m writing this post in the hope it resonates with other working parents that it’s okay not to want to progress your career at this stage in your life. I am the working mum who has kept pushing forward in her career and landed a more senior role. But it has come at a price. My mental well-being, my interests and dreams.
I tried to make it work but it wasn’t enough and the realisation from both sides that this wasn’t the right fit was deflating and left me feeling like I was grieving. Grieving the hopes and dreams that this position would give me the kudos in my career that I had long chased for.
In the 6 months I had the position, I didn’t take one creative photo using my good camera and I didn’t touch my blog. This is my first post since last year. My creative outlet had been burnt out and my brain could not manage anything else. On top of a new and challenging job, raising a toddler and having two dogs, one of which was a crazy puppy- I was stressed beyond belief. I had been burning myself out trying to spin all of these plates and struggled to make everything work for months.
For now, I’m dampening my career ambitions. Not because I feel like I should after this blip but because I want to prioritise my happiness and focus on some other avenues that are my interests.
My promise to myself is that I will focus on the things that I enjoy doing and have a passion for. I will find another job that I love. Who knows where my road will lead to next but I’m excited to explore it. I know it will be a vibrant cherry blossom tree filled type of road.