career guilt

Career vs. SAHM – When Will the Guilt Go?

The guilt.  It’s something every mum is well aware of.  Whether it’s the guilt of letting our children eat sweets, the guilt of shouting at them through lack of our own patience, or the guilt of not being there when they need us.  It seems to be unavoidable.

I think there’s one guilt that particularly weighs on me.  And it’s a weird one.  Because actually, the guilt doesn’t really lie in my parenting.  It lies in what I could be doing otherwise.

Let me explain…

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Slowing Down

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.

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Struggling With Working From Home

I only work two days a week.  I really shouldn’t moan!  My 2 day a week job is training businesses in using social media through my own business, Sam Flynn Social Media.

I love it, I really do.  Especially the training bit, going out meeting new people, coming up with ideas for different businesses.

The bit I’m struggling with at the moment is working from home.  I’ve done it for ages.  I’ve been working for myself for 5 and a half years now and had an office for 1 year of this, ending the lease when I started maternity leave with Ella.  So, I’m well accustomed to working from home.  I usually have so much to do, I have to just crack on.  Especially since having Ella and only working 2 days a week.  I can do a flow of weeks where both days are spent out delivering training, so when I do get a day ‘in the office’, there’s tons to do!

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