Where do I start?

Jan 15, 2020

So, I’d left my corporate job. I didn’t really have a plan. But what I did have was space and time. Space and time to decide what was next. A blank piece of paper ready to fill. Can you imagine what that was like? Scary? Exciting? Daunting? Liberating?

For me, it was great. It felt like a breath of fresh air. It was like that feeling you get when you’ve been stuck indoors for what feels like ages. Then you step outside and take a big deep breath in. All that pure air fills your lungs and it feels good.

I was now free to make some exciting plans. Exciting plans that actually met my needs. The problem. Where to start. A blank piece of paper is great. But I seemed to have writer’s block. I was overthinking it all. I was feeling overwhelmed. I wanted to make a good start. Oh my goodness, I was feeling the pressure to get it right. Which is hilarious. It wasn’t about getting it right. It was about taking the first step. 

So I asked myself a few questions:

  • What did I want more of in my life?
  • What did I enjoy doing?
  • What experiences did I want?

And so, I began to write. I started to come up with a plan. A list of things that I wanted to do in the year.

The big thing on my list was sorting out my work situation. I’d sort of fallen into working for Rolls-Royce as I’d worked there on placement as part of my degree. I remember applying for what I thought were lots of jobs. But Rolls-Royce was the only company who’d offered me a job. Not a bad start for my first real job. But I always knew that this wasn’t it.

Here I was, 17 years later about to go through the same thing.

So the last time I’d looked for a job was in my early twenties. I was now on the verge of turning 40. This was new territory for me. I needed to be practical. I wanted someone to help me. Because it wasn’t about finding a job. It was about finding work that complimented my life. After all, things had changed since I was a student. My priorities had changed.

What I wanted had changed.

Thank goodness I found Anna. My life coach. Yes, I know it sounds grand. But she was just what I needed. Someone to guide me. Someone to question my assumptions. Someone to help me find my path.

But not everyone can afford an Anna. Not everyone wants an Anna. But I was not unique in how I was feeling. 

This got me thinking. Why not develop a framework to help other mums get themselves sorted. Give them a point from where to start. Something that they can do in their own time and that doesn’t have to disrupt life.

The answer. An online course. A course that gets mum’s thinking about their life. What it could look like. Including figuring out what ‘work’ should be.

That’s ‘Where do I start?” according to Mummy on a Break.

What would you do?

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