Other than the odd social media post here and there, I don’t post much about my day-to-day life as a career mum. So, in line with my new commitment to sharing more of my personal career mum journey, here’s what you may have missed.
- I have one daughter, Lilly, who is one and a half. It’s no secret that I would love to have more children asap, but Mother Nature has other plans for me for now at least.
- I work as a lawyer for a small firm in Perth, Western Australia. I practice Wills and estate planning, probate and estate administration, real estate and property/commercial law. I hate going to Court and do whatever I can to avoid it!
- I work at the office three days per week, but I work shorter than average days. I have about an hour’s commute each way, so I work 9-4(ish) so I can have some time with Lilly before and after work.
- I also work as and when I need or want to from home or wherever else I fancy. My favourite time to work is on a Friday night at home on the sofa in my PJs. Lame, I know.
- I took Lilly to work with me until she was about 10 months old. She now stays with my husband and mum while I work at the office.
- I love my career, mainly because of the people I work with and the work that we do. Work is my go-to when I’m stressed or feeling down. It’s a great pick-me-up!
- I also love being a mum. I had no idea that motherhood could be my calling. I’ve really found myself and my place in life and I only have my sweet daughter to thank!
How I Flex
I’ve lost count of the number of times my working arrangements have changed since I had Lilly. I had about ten days off work after Lilly was born before I got itchy feet and started working from home. Soon after that I felt lonely so I took Lilly to the office with me a few times. That worked well so #babiesatwork became a thing and I ended up going that 5 days a week for a little while, before I slowed down to three days. I even took Lilly with me to a 3-day conference interstate. When Lilly was about 10 months old it became impossible to get enough work done with her around to make it worthwhile going in, so I went back to working from home for a while (my lovely breastfed baby refused to drink from a bottle, so I needed to be close by) before going to the office two and then three days per week while Lilly stayed with my mum or husband.
Things are a little more certain these days. I work at the office 3 days per week and as and when I need to from home.
Wondering what work-life integration looks like in practice? My day today is the perfect example: 7am – breakfast, housework, dinner prep 🍳 9am – playschool with Lilly 👶🏼 12 – a few hours of remote work while Lilly napped 😴 💻 2pm – a walk to get fresh air (and buy some milk!) ☀️ 3pm – networking conference call via Skype 📱 4pm – dance party 💃🏼 and playing 5pm – family dinner 🍴 6pm – Lilly's bed time and more remote work for me 👩🏼💻 It sounds hectic when it's written down, but days like today are my favourite – the best of both worlds! #flexibleworking #workthatworks
I have no doubt at all that the support and flexibility I have been given at work has played a huge part in my smooth transition to working motherhood. It hasn’t always been easy for either party, but it has worked and it has paid off!
Here I am today, not working flexibly. Instead of logging on and checking my emails, I closed the laptop and ate my lunch in the sunshine. The thing about flexible working is that when you love your career as much as I do, it becomes all too easy to work at any time and any place. I often have to remind myself to stop working and just enjoy a nap time to myself! I need that time out today, so rather than sneak in a few hours work, I will do nothing. Nothing at all. Just sit and enjoy the spring sun ☀️ #flexibleworking #workthatworks #flexappeal #careermum