Embracing both career and motherhood is not about choosing one over the other; it’s about redefining success on your own terms.
As a mom of four, I’ve made the conscious decision to challenge the traditional view that pits career ambitions against the fulfilling role of motherhood.
Moms, what if we can have both?
In today’s dynamic world, the concept of balancing a successful career with the joys and responsibilities of motherhood is evolving.
It’s time to shift the narrative from a ‘versus’ to a ‘plus’.
How can we harmonize these two vital aspects of life so they not only coexist but enrich one another?
Redefining Success: Your Personal Blueprint
Success is subjective.
What constitutes success in your career and family life is unique to you.
It’s crucial to define what success looks like on both fronts for yourself.
Maybe it’s reaching a certain position in your career while ensuring you’re home for dinner with the family.
Or perhaps it’s running a business that aligns with your maternal values.
Define your success without societal influences and you’ll be better for it.
Time management: The art of prioritization
Mastering the art of time management is a superpower for working mothers.
It’s about prioritizing tasks, setting realistic goals, and understanding that perfection in every aspect isn’t achievable.
Learn to differentiate between urgent and important tasks.
This might mean delegating certain responsibilities at work or accepting help at home.
Building a supportive network
No one thrives in isolation. This is a lesson I am still learning as a introvert.
I have found that building a network of support, both professionally and personally, is vital.
In the workplace, this could mean finding mentors who advocate for work-life balance.
At home, it involves creating a support system that shares the load of caretaking responsibilities.
This network not only offers practical help but also emotional support.
Embracing flexibility and adaptability
The key to harmonizing career and motherhood lies in flexibility.
The ability to adapt to changing circumstances, whether it’s a sick child or an unexpected work deadline, is essential.
When you’re too rigid, you’ll find yourself extremely stressed which brings on a whole set of problems; negatively impacting your physical and mental health.
I recommend that you seek flexible working arrangements if possible.
Embrace the fluidity of your roles as a mother and professional, and be kind to yourself during transitions or when things don't go as planned.
Self-Care: A Non-Negotiable Element
I used to believe that self-care was selfish. Aftercall, how could I possibly think of myself when I have four kids that need different things.
After having a long bout with burnout which led to hospitalization, I realized that self-care isn’t selfish; it’s necessary. We can’t pour from an empty cup.
…And if we try, we may break.
I encourage you to take time for yourself.
Doing so is crucial for your wellbeing and, by extension, for your family and career.
It can be something as a simple coffee break, a workout session, or pursuing a hobby.
These moments of self-care replenish your mind, body, energy and perspective.
Integrating Mindfulness and Reflection
Integrating mindfulness into your daily routine can significantly impact how you juggle career and motherhood as well.
Mindfulness helps in staying grounded and present, reducing stress, and enhancing decision-making skills.
Regular reflection allows you to reassess your priorities and helps ensure you’re aligned with your definition of success.
Creating Your Unique Symphony
Harmonizing career and motherhood is like conducting a symphony.
It’s about understanding that both aspects of your life can blend into a beautiful composition that is uniquely yours.
It’s time to discard the dilemma narrative and embrace a perspective that allows you to thrive in both worlds. Remember, your path is yours to create and redefine, one step at a time.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article. If you need additional support, I’d love to help!