|On duty/Off duty look|
So much has been said about trying to achieve work/life balance that I want to start by saying that I know I can't bring much more to the table but my own experience. It may be because after having children this concept becomes much more relevant in a women’s life, but with the news of me leaving Red now official, I wanted to dedicate this last WIT mama Friday to my attempt to find a balance between being a satisfied working mum and a committed mother.
|At the shows in London|
|Back at my desk and one of my first pages in Red this year|
I started WIT as a side project to my day job and for a long time this worked just fine; I could be a shopping editor during the day and a blogger at nights and weekends, guilt-free. But since going back to work full time and with a small child this has become increasingly difficult (forget trying to be a decent wife, friend and family member!). My evenings, weekends and holidays often at a laptop were not acceptable any longer and I gradually started longing for a clearer on-duty/off-duty routine.
What if I could find a way to have more
flexible working hours, ones that would allow me to spend more time with
Greta? Was there something I could do
that would allow me to pick her up from school in the future as well as having the
odd afternoon off to take her to a play date? If so, would I be prepared to
give up a prestigious job and the security of a salary for it? Could starting my
own business and being my own boss be the way forward? A lot of thought went into
answering these questions and, with a little compromise here and there, I
decided to take a leap of faith and resign from Red with the plan to fully commit to WIT
and develop a personal project that has been in the back burner for almost four
|Working on WIT at the week end|
At this point the decision was kind of made for me: in the last five years WIT and all of you that read it have become something I really care about and the job behind it is one that I want to do really well. So WIT and my new project (yes, obviously it’s fashion!) are going to be what I do 9-5 most days, and my balance comes with knowing that my working day finishes after that.
So after six amazing years at Red, eight busy working months and a pretty emotional day, yesterday I said goodbye to my friend and colleagues at Red and next week Greta and I are flying back to Italy to be with our family and friends for a work-free month. I will be back to regular posting in August but until then, I will update once a week. It’s time for a new chapter in my life and I (and my new business partner) simply cannot wait to tell you all about it...
|Leaving Hearts yesterday evening..|