I work for myself. Which, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love! I can’t imagine having it any other way for the foreseeable anyway! It allows me a brilliant balance between my career and being a mum, and means I can earn a decent wage while only working 2-3 days a week.
But, it does offer its challenges.
I deliver social media training to businesses. Training delivery tends to mean being stood for the duration of the session (often full days). I just find it really hard to maintain control of a room sat down, and often the room layout means if I sat down to deliver, there’d be people who wouldn’t be able to see me or I wouldn’t be able to see the screen.
Training also means bringing along my own laptop. Something that’s not an issue at all usually! But in pregnancy, I’m finding it really hard to carry it from wherever I’ve parked to the training venue. If I’m training in city centres, parking is often a 10 minute walk from the venue. Or if it’s further afield and I’ve got the train, there’s the walk from the train.
Plus, training delivery is intensive. It’s talking non-stop, being on the ball, answering questions. In other words, a lot of constant brain energy needed!!
Trivial things that usually I’m fine with, but actually currently having a big impact!
Last week I delivered two full 8 hour days of training back to back. Being stood up all day, the walk with the laptop there and back, and having to respond to the questions of 15 eager learners, took its toll!! I finally started feeling like I can no longer go on doing it, as I reach the 7 month pregnancy marker.
This week I also had two back-to-back training days. After the first day, my back was crippled. I could barely move. My legs were so achy. I was in bed by 8.30pm on the first day just so I’d be able to get through the second. So, the second day I knew I needed to make changes. I got a taxi from home to and from the training venue. More cost, less pain!!! I also sat down all day. The room layout was perfect for this thankfully, and there were only 7 people on the training, so far less impact on my body.
I’m now starting to have to say no to some work requests. This is so hard for me! It means I’m turning down money, which is always hard. But also, I do love working! I love getting out and meeting new people in each training session. I love being the expert! I love a break from home and mum-life!
But it’s gotta be done or I’m gonna end up regretting it!
So, it’s time for the big maternity wind down! Which means the day of birth is also looming ever closer. I can’t wait!!!!