Working mum guilt

This week I am sharing the story of how Pour'di Aromas began and how I too, struggle to balance work, business and mum life on a daily basis.

Do something 'for me'

I was on my second maternity leave, at home with 2 young children and feeling the urge to get back to work. There was no way I was going to go back to my day job only 2 months in, but I really wanted to keep my mind busy and do something 'for me'. 
My mum and I went on a Candle Making course for mother's day. It was only 9 weeks after Indie was born, I was nervous about leaving her for the first time and having to sneak off every couple of hours to pump in the car (new baby joys!)
That day was a real moment in time for me. The moment I fell in love with the art of candle making. The birth of my 3rd baby Pour'di Aromas.
After returning to work, I continued to build the business and now manage both side by side.

 Part time Mum

It's a constant battle for me to be completely ok with the decision I have made, to work 4 days a week in a job I love, run a business outside of that (who knows how many hours a week), try to keep the house from resembling a pig sty and spending time with my family. A decision I made not only because I need to contribute to the household finances, but because I want to have my own identity too.
I am very aware that it leaves me open to being judged as the mum who never does the school run.
Whilst it is my job to make sure my children are looked after, it's also my responsibility to be the best example to my 2 young daughters.
I read a quote the other day that I love.
'It's not only children who grow, parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children so with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.' - Joyce Maynard

Lead by example

I want my girls to never be afraid to take chances that might secure them a better future. Take opportunities to learn and grow. I want them to always strive to be the best version of themselves and to realise that as young women they have the power to achieve whatever they want to in life.
My mission is to lead by example and show them that this is possible.
In order to achieve this, I have to accept that I am not a super mum. I am not always going to be the one person who picks them up from school, who is at home with them every single day making sure that they eat all of their dinner. It's simply not possible nor is it what I want either.
All I can do is make sure that they get the best version of me as much as possible and for that I need to be happy too.

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Relaxation Technique: Meditation
Every night for 7 minutes, I breathe deeply and zone into the wise words of Jay Shetty. This is my opportunity to truly unwind and feel great immediately before bedtime. It's helped me get a better night sleep. I use the Calm App to help me do this.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead! 
If you are feeling working mum guilt too this week, don't be too hard on yourself either. Your little person/people are looking up to you as their role model. You're doing great!

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Love Jordi x

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