Strange times ahead
I can’t believe it’s been over 2 years since I last blogged here. To be fair though, I’ve spoken to many of the career mum followers, mostly in my Facebook group (www.Facebook.com/groups/thecareermum) which has now grown to 5500 global members.
2 years ago we could have never predicted how the world has changed. We are now in the middle of a global pandemic. I’m working full time, whilst homeschooling 4 kids (4 year old twin boys, an 11 year old daughter and a 15 year old son) and I’m recovering from Covid.
Here are some of my learnings over the last 10 months:
For me I miss the interaction with people, find what works for you. In calls I have my camera on. I have taken every opportunity to engage, with my Facebook group, with my team mates at work, with friends on the weekends over zoom, and with my tribes such as #Shehasnolimits over on guild (https://guildco.page.link/GQbstjcWsKEUZESx9), Northern Power Women and the awesome rising stars community for the North West Business Leadership team. What is beautiful and perhaps surprising to some about these virtual relationships is that people care about my ‘real’ the nitty gritty, the struggles and hardships. It’s helped me feel less isolated and lonely.
When you feel up to it, seize the moment. I always have a lot going on. People ask me how I do it. The things I do are aligned with my passions and I get a lot of personal reward. I have had to pause a lot whilst I’ve been ill. It makes me appreciate the time I’m not unwell.
Don‘t sweat the small stuff. Seriously. Will it really matter 1 week, 1 month, 2 months from now?
I find my resilience by only worrying about things I can influence. If I can’t change something there is no point in worrying.
I try to review my priorities regularly. They change often - the urgent / important matrix helps.
Communication is critical. Don’t assume people know what you want, or what you are thinking. People have their own stresses and it can lead to misunderstandings.
Finally have the courage to be vulnerable, in doing so you will help yourself and others.
Thank you for reading
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