Now I know that sounds bloody ridiculous, of course being a mum changed my life.
But I had no understanding of how much it would change when I fell pregnant.
My Life Before Being a Mum
My last employed position was a Senior Group Financial Controller in an engineering company, and I knew nothing would change that. I had worked ridiculously hard to get there. From a very young age, I knew this is what I wanted to do, and therefore got a degree in Business with Finance. At the age of 25, I was the Financial Controller of a packaging company and started to train new recruits as they joined other parts of Europe.
I left this job in 2006 to go to a bigger company and met my now-husband, (he was my boss and the Managing Director). Anyway, to cut a rather long and boring story I fell pregnant. I gave birth on the 27th of December. With my son on my lap, I completed month-end and year-end with only 4 days off from work after giving birth.
I was lucky and worked from home for about 2 months and then my son went to full-time nursery. While I travelled around the UK as I was in charge of the finances for 6 sites. I continued this until he was 18 months old, and realised this was not working.
We looked into our finances and I decided to quit my job. The job I had worked so hard to get, to become a full-time mother. The CEO of the company, my boss when I left, was convinced I would be back after 6 weeks.
My Life Now
The woman who was actively smashing glass ceilings had given it all up to be a full-time mum and housewife. I have never looked back. My life has changed tenfold but there is no greater job in the world.
Although I am now working from home as a social media manager. I am always here for him, I can now be there when he is sick. Go to all school performances and get to take him to his many after school activities.
I have absolute total respect for women who continue to do what I had planned and tried to do. But for me, I have now found my place. I now home educate my son alongside blogging. It is the best thing I have ever done.
How being a mum has changed the lives of others:
Hayley from The Little Things Blog has written a great post about IT IS OKAY TO BE A WORKING MUM & IT IS IS OKAY TO BE A STAY AT HOME MUM TOO. I definitely recommend giving it a read.
Lianne from Anklebiters Adventures “I can’t have a second alone – even to go to the toilet”
Eileen ” I feel like it’s changed the essence of who I am. Like even my name I don’t feel like Eileen anymore I feel like Mam!”
Jo from Cup of Toast “I’m less spontaneous. Foreign weekends away on the spur of the moment, last-minute cinema trips…they’re things of the past, for now!”
Pete from Household Money Saving “I feel I have lost a bit of my own identity and my life revolves around my kids. But it was worth it.”
Kate from Ever After with Kids “I can no longer do what I want when I want. But I’ve found that when I really think about it there’s nothing I want more than to be there for them and help them grow.”
Bee “I have made the decision to give up my career and be a stay at home Mum. This was not my plan, and I even returned to work for a short while. But it didn’t work out for either of us. I am loving every moment and day being with my little one!”
Emma from The Mini Mes and Me “I can’t sleep like I used to. The kids are old enough to no longer wake up during the night. BUT I’m always on high alert and wake at the sound of a pin drop!”
How has it changed your life since being a mum, let me know in the comments below?