Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Career Vs Motherhood? How to give a comeback? Women Version 2.0

Being an ambitious woman, taking a new role of mother and a maternity break was dead scary. Because my friends constantly complained that it would be difficult to commit to career after a child and there will be an impact to the career growth. But the maternity break made me realize, how women are blessed to take a break from career and to look after baby.

Time flew and when I resumed my career after my maternity break, I did not realize the overwhelming experience that was waiting for me. It was in March 2020, and when everyone is struggling to adapt the "new-normal”, I had to adopt it along with my new transition of balancing job, newborn and other household responsibilities(I never cooked in my life, and even cooking was a new-normal to me ☹) 

The project was equally demanding, and the client expected a new automation tool deliverable. New team members, new client, new skills, weekend demands all together it was like a new job and I was torn between the job and a mom. Sometimes, I stayed up all night to console my crying son.

Just like a cocoon, that is fighting its battle to use its wings to transform to a butterfly, I decided to accept my situation gracefully and thought of ways to emerge successfully in both personal and professional fronts.

I planned and discussed my limitations with my partner. I cooked entire meal for the day and completed all household chores before 10:00AM. I multi-tasked them, by listening to the automation videos. After that, I religiously concentrated on office works and sometimes compensated during weekends. 

I have come this far, and what I learnt is 

  • Planning is the pro: Plan the day and the upcoming week. Don’t limit and underestimate the power, we all have. Focus how to handle that current situation and think of ways to overcome them. 
  • I know it’s hard to be a working mom but it equally important to remind yourself how lucky we are to be one. When I focused on my gratitude side, it has given a positive effect in my life.
  • My dear Woman, I know when the chapter of life gets harder our mind instructs to quit. But trust me, leaving job and staying is hard too. Yes, it’s challenging, and the roads are bad, but the struggle is worth.
  • Finally, don’t forget to take 10 minutes me-time. It can do wonders 

1 comment:

  1. Much needed for all returning mothers sis.
    Expecting you to share your experience on how you handle on day to day basis.. What keeps you grounded when the day is more than demanding.