Welcome to CareerMom!
I’m Rebecca and I live with my little family of two beautiful girls and our French au pair. I am currently on maternity leave but also have a corporate career based out of London.
I worked within top tier management consultancy for more than a decade before getting married in 2014. My career had always been very important to me – but now I wanted a family as well. Life changed forever with arrival of our first daughter, Ella, in 2016 and two years later, we were blessed again with our second baby girl, Amelie.
Since then it is fair to say that my work and family lives have both changed beyond all recognition!
I came up with the idea for CareerMom after the birth of my first baby. Whilst preparing to return to the office, I was struggling to anticipate the type of challenges that were about to face me. I searched everywhere for guidance on reorganising my life to minimise stress levels at work and in the home.
With so much change, I needed a handy guide, some form of instruction manual that would minimise the mental overload by telling me what to do each day. Using specifics – not just vague suggestions to “keep calm” and “be confident!”
Eventually, I was delighted to discover there was a book being published on topic. Mentally cheering that CareerMom for finding the time to write it, I valiantly pre-ordered a copy from Amazon.com.
Help at last!
When it arrived I was so excited but – at 300 pages long – I confess it remains unfinished on my bookshelf – often admired, but largely unread. With a young family and a career to manage, I have just never found the time… Surely there had to be another way?
Around this time I became more aware of the concept of blogging and realised that I had gathered a lot of valuable CareerMom information… And when other Mom colleagues started asking me to share with them how I managed to keep a steady balance then encouraged me to start a blog – I thought – why not? So, here it is!
As I continue to work through life’s joys and challenges – I am delighted that you are here. As a fellow CareerMom, I know the sort of challenges you are also going through – and that when you read about the difficulties and triumphs in my life, you “get it!” I look forward to sharing with you!
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Post script 2018 – something else you should know…
Funnily enough, as I was writing my early blogs I focused on how to create a balance of 50/50 parenting with my husband. Like a lot of other Mommy bloggers, I could joyfully proclaim that I was married to my Best Friend.
The reliance on my husband to share parenting responsibilities concerned me from a blogging perspective as I worried that I would never have anything meaningful to offer single moms. These amazing women have always had my utmost respect for their ability to manage it all – and all on their own! Beyond impressive.
I felt they would think me a fraud for having a supportive coparent to share the burden.
However, on my second maternity leave, the Universe (proving it has quite the sense of humour!) stepped in to help me out with this particular problem, and decided I should be given no choice but to file for divorce and become a SingleCareerMom myself. I have coped by immersing myself in enjoying the small pleasures that life has to offer and embracing the Danish art of cosy: hygge. Life has changed, but there are still many things to be grateful for.
So, Im breaking the mould. Working on living hyggely-ever-after – despite no longer being married to my best friend.
It is a very steep learning curve – but working out how to remain positive and dignified through divorce and single parenting frequently occupies my thoughts these days.