I’ve loved blogging, and I’ve loved meeting moms from all walks of life. I just recently discovered a network of working moms thanks to Julia over at Work, Wife, Mom … Life.
Today I’m tackling her prompt for Working Mommy Wednesdays … If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be? (the pay, the hours, the work you do...). This topic goes hand in hand with Shell’s Pour Your Heart Out … here’s why:
If I could change one thing about my job, hands down, it would be the traveling. I loved loved loved this aspect of my job when I first started. But, let’s face it, I was 23, single, and earning hotel/flight miles like crazy. I didn’t have any ties or a care in the world. Flash forward several years, and traveling isn’t so easy – or that much fun – now that I have to leave behind my baby, husband, home, etc. (Plus, after you travel a lot, you get picky about hotel amenities!)
My job is great. I really do love it. It is an ideal situation that affords me dual lifestyles. I work really hard, long hours for about half of the year, which includes quite a bit of traveling for several days at a time. This is the hard part
But during the other half of the year, I get to work from home. In my pajamas if I want. My hours are much more flexible. I can take Baby to music class, pick her up early from day care, and simulate a SAHM lifestyle. All while getting a full-time working mom’s paycheck and insurance.
Logically, this is an ideal situation. Emotionally, not so much.
I’ll start traveling again in August, and I’m in a bit of denial. Sometimes I think I should start mentally preparing myself, but mostly I’ve just been ignoring the reality of this situation. Not only will I travel for 3-4 days at a time, I also have a major sales meeting and conference that will take me away from home for SEVEN DAYS. SEVEN. DAYS. Initially, the plan was for Husband and Baby to come with me, but that just doesn’t seem feasible at this point.
So, that’s where I am right now…consciously ignoring the fact that I will have to leave my child (and my husband) for an entire week. And, that just kicks off about a dozen other trips I’ll be taking in the fall.
Potential mantras to get me through include:
1. Your love your job. It pays you well. It provides great insurance. It will help you give Baby everything you want for her.
2. This too shall pass. She will never know I’m gone. At least, she won’t remember it in the long run.
3. One week of sleeping through the night, good food, good wine, good friends. One entire week.
I’ll also have to work on some mantras to get Husband through that week!