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.
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.