Finding the Perfect Balance as a Working Mama
I have wondered ever since I became a mom if you can have it all.
A great career, a wonderful family & home life and also continue to enjoy other activities as well.
From the outside looking in, it looks like some moms have it all - the job, the family and free time for themselves, too. As moms I think we all strive for that perfect balance of work and family life. When someone comes up with the perfect work-family-life formula - I think that stuff will sell like hot cakes!
Either way you look at it at least in my opinion there are sacrifices you make as a mom (or dad), whether that pertains to family life or your career.
Since I've became a mom nearly 2 and a half years ago, I've contemplated both staying home with RayRay and I've also considered taking a job that would require travel 25 percent of the time. Somedays, I lean heavier toward one side or the another and it always depends on what kind of day I'm having.
Currently, I have a great job, very flexible, non-demanding, non-stressful with an excellent family environment (meaning they understand when my kiddo has to come into the office or I need to work from home).
Does it pay the big bucks I dream of ? Unfortunately no. But I do alright.
I only work four days a week and get to drop off and pick up my munchkin RayRay every single day. I get to spend quality time with her and my hubby when they need me most since I rarely, I mean rarely ever work nights and weekends (with the exception of Sundays). And because I've now stepped into a new role assisting with the books on the farm, I hired a cleaning lady. Best. Money. Spent. Ever!
It's a good life, not perfect, but it's the best fit for us right now, especially since my hubs has a VERY demanding career running our family farm in two states.
Somedays, I'd love to have a job with more leadership potential, more management, better pay - you know the works with a cherry on top, too. But then I think, how sad I would be traveling and working late nights being away from my family - my life - Big D & RayRay - the farm - my cows and yes, even the pigs.
But as a woman I do, I want it all and I'd love to figure out how exactly to do that. Maybe I will someday, but for now I'm good. Have you ever battled with finding the perfect work-family-life balance? Does it drive you bonkers sometimes when you feel like you're failing in one area or another or both? It's OK because girl you're not alone!
Group hug, anyone?