I am a very happy full-time working mum and live with my partner and two gorgeous girls aged six and seven. The learning process involved in being a happy, positive and hopefully good mum (I’ll ask them when they're older) has been hard work, but also extremely rewarding. At times I have felt like the emphasis has been more on the hard work than on the rewards, but that’s usually when I’ve been tired, unfocused, out of control and trying to multi-task like mums usually do.
Like many other mums (and dads) I know, I would love to work less hours per week to allow me to have an afternoon with my girls or just catch up with things that I want to do. My full-time job as a Finance Project Manager keeps me extremely busy during the day, which used to leave me craving for more 'me time'. However, by effectively using my train journey to and from work as well as lunchtimes and some evenings, I possibly get more time to myself than mums who stay at home with the children all day.
My love of writing coupled with my determination to pursue one of my goals, has led me on an exciting journey of writing 'Juggling Life, Kids & You' (Tips for Stressed & Busy Parents) and gives me something else to be positive about every day. I wouldn't have started writing this book if I hadn’t experienced life in the fast lane. I personally thrive on being busy; however, now I have learnt to use my time a lot more effectively and understand the difference between stress and pressure (Tip Reference: ‘Is it stress or pressure?’ - in chapter 1). A little bit of pressure doesn’t hurt anyone, therefore I would say that there is nothing wrong with occasionally being in the fast lane as long as you are enjoying life and balancing your busy time with ample play, relaxation and pursuing your goals.
I hope you really enjoy your day and thank you for taking the time to read this.