As my returning to work is becoming more and more a reality, a sadness of leaving my girls has started to kick in.
I am incredibly fortunate that when I do return, that I am able to return in a part time capacity. Fortunate, because I genuinely love spending time with my girls. I wish I could be with them all the time, but it isn’t possible for me to do so. Working part time is my best compromise.
I can’t help but feel sad at the thought of being away. The last twelve months have literally flown. I have loved my time off so much. I mean, some days have been tough, tiring and exhausting, but even on the toughest days, there has always been beautiful moments that has made everything worthwhile.
What helps me to accept my return to work, is all the positive mantras I say to myself.
- By returning to work, I want to be a positive role model for my girls
- I want my girls to know that when they grow up, that having children won’t mean the death of their career
- I will make every effort to make my time with them count
- It’s important for me to have a focus in life that is separate from my family
- By returning to work, I will get to use my brain and have regular adult conversations
- Time apart from my family will only help me appreciate them more
- I actually love what I do. I studied and have worked hard to get where I am in my career. I don’t want to give it all up.
What mantras do you have? Do they help you to focus on the positives? Have they helped you?
I am hoping that if I say the above to myself often enough, that it will stop me feeling sad, and will help me to focus on the positives instead.
I love my family and I want them to be proud and know that their mum loves them, whether I am with them or at work.