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The Working Mother’s Expo Made Me Quit My Job!

I’ve written a couple of times over the past month about claiming back my value. You can read a couple of the pieces here and here. All of these thoughts and actions are as a direct result from listening to a talk, presented by Janice from the Working Mother’s Expo at the Kid’s Emporium Blogger Breakfast.

I have news….

I’ve been feeling restless in my life and with the routine of my life for a very long time and honestly, I was ok with it. My children were very young, they needed a lot from me (they still do, but it’s different now that they’re older and both in school) and so I had willingly made the choice to put my career on the back-burner until they were a little older.

The time is NOW!

While listening to Janice give her talk at the breakfast, I started to realise that a lot of my feelings of frustration, particularly with regards to my career path (or rather lack there of) was because I was feeling under valued. A position I’d willingly put myself in and one which had served its purpose, but that if I was to get a handle on my feelings of restlessness and frustration, I’d need to have the courage to make some big changes.

And here’s the thing…

I’ve been reading everyone’s fierce, fearless, fabulous, forty stories and all the stories were giving me courage. It’s ironic that what started out as being a series I wanted to do to empower others, landed up empowering me. And listening to Janice at the talk gave me that little push I needed to do what I needed to do.

Action…

I came home from that breakfast and I was on fire. I had a plan. I knew the steps I needed to take to execute it and I got busy! 

Within a couple of days I had interviews lined up and also secured myself a spot as a freelance writer for Parent24. Within two weeks I’d been short listed for not one, but two incredible positions. Things were happening and for the first time in years, instead of feeling afraid of the change, because change is never comfortable, I was excited.

Then last week, while we were away on holiday, the one company, I had been ridiculously keen on, called me back to offer me a job. Not just any job either, I will be moving in a few weeks time to an amazing, mother/female centric company, as their Nationals Sales & Merchandise Manager.

I am beyond excited!

A new challenge, a step up in my career, in a company that offers me everything I need as a working mother, flexibility and a chance to stretch myself and grow!

And all of this is thanks to the Working Mother’s Expo.

Ironically, I’m not usually a fan of self help or motivational talks and when Janice got up to give her talk, I was doing a bit of an internal eye roll. My plan had been to sit there quietly and day dream through her talk while sipping the champagne. Instead, her talk left me inspired and feeling empowered. Motivated and with the tools to identify my issues and come up with a sold plan I needed to make my life better.

The talk that Janice had presented was part of her Time Management Makeover seminar and if you want or need to feel motivated, inspired and empowered, then I can’t recommend it enough. 

Here’s what I had to say, along with a couple of other mothers about Janice’s talk:

I am so excited you guys. A little terrified too. I’ve been in my current job for 12 years now, so resigning was terrifying. But more than just fear, I am excited. I am ready. I am up for the challenge.


Bonnie Kittle
 

 

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28 Comments

  • Kate Rodney
    Reply Kate Rodney

    Well done my friend!

    July 24, 2017 at 7:14 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Thanks Buddy, I am so excited!

      July 28, 2017 at 11:27 am
  • Raylene De Villiers
    Reply Raylene De Villiers

    You inspire me Sharon! Well done!

    July 24, 2017 at 7:29 am
  • Reply Jodie

    Congratulations!

    July 24, 2017 at 7:38 am
  • Terri Buhr
    Reply Terri Buhr

    Amazing ! Seriously you are my hero xx well done and all the very best Sharon x

    July 24, 2017 at 7:55 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Thank you Terri!

      July 28, 2017 at 11:29 am
  • Lisa-Marie Watling
    Reply Lisa-Marie Watling

    Congrats Sharon! I’m really very, very happy for you!!

    July 24, 2017 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Sula

    Wishing you all joy on your new path

    July 24, 2017 at 8:45 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Thank you Sula!

      July 28, 2017 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Olerato

    This is truly powerful. Congratulations and all the best with your new job. With the determination and excitement you exuding in this post, I’m sure you are going to be and do amazing.

    July 24, 2017 at 8:54 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Thanks Olerato! The talk was incredibly powerful for me. It really mobilised me to action.

      July 28, 2017 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Wenchy

    Bestest wishes and so thrilled at your happy!!

    July 24, 2017 at 8:58 am
  • Reply azestylife

    Well done! And good luck with this wonderful new chapter in your life. xxx

    July 24, 2017 at 9:17 am
  • Reply MeeA

    Ha! I also resigned from my job shortly after that breakfast. Perhaps not consciously as a result of Janice’s talk, but I can definitely say that much of what she said resonated with me…
    I’m more than a little bit anxious about what comes next, but I’m also excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.
    Congratulations on your new appointment – I’m sure you’re going to rock it hard!

    July 24, 2017 at 10:03 am
    • Reply Sharon

      I can’t imagine how that talk didn’t resonate somewhere for everyone. It was amazing.

      July 28, 2017 at 11:31 am
  • Working Mothers Expo
    Reply Working Mothers Expo

    It was a privilege Sharon! Beyond thrilled for you and honoured to have played a small role in your journey. With love X

    July 24, 2017 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Michellereneestuyck@gmail.com

    Best of luck for your new job!! Change is often so terrifying. This post has really inspired me.

    July 24, 2017 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Samantha Dube

    Glad you’re taking the step for the change. Wish you the best.

    July 24, 2017 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Suzannacatheeine

    Good for you for taking this challenge and making such a life altering decision. I’m happy for you and know you will succeed!

    July 24, 2017 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Bridgette

    Congratulations Sharon! I wish you well at the new place, I think you’ve found your happy place.

    July 24, 2017 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Heather

    Wow Sharon! All the best and may you fly to great heights in your new position!

    July 24, 2017 at 10:41 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Thanks Heather. I am so excited!

      July 28, 2017 at 11:32 am
  • Reply curlyheadsanddimples

    Congrats Sharon. I know you will do good. Keep on inspiring!

    July 25, 2017 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Anthea O'Neill

    Nice one Sharon! All the best with your new role!

    July 27, 2017 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Natasha

    Wow Sharon. That’s so great. I know you will do well with this new opportunity. It’s amazing how your journey of self discovery has led you to this point. There is no such thing as a coincidence so you just needed that last nudge to do exactly what you needed to do. All the best to you and your family. You continue to inspire and no longer just on a journey of infertility. Light and love.

    July 27, 2017 at 7:43 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Thank you Natasha!

      July 28, 2017 at 11:34 am

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