In two very short weeks; my maternity leave will begin, and daily life for me will be very different for the first time in years.
I consider myself a bit of a workaholic if I’m honest, and mostly I thrive on to-do lists, schedules, plans and goals. It can be hard, sure. But I’ve always enjoyed what I do since going freelance, and my complaints are extremely limited.
So it might surprise you that I’m actually REALLY looking forward to it.
My Etsy Shop closes on the 26th October (so grab a bargain quick before everything is gone! This stock will NOT be coming back), and then I’ll have a few days packing orders, posting, finishing up admin, and then I’m DONE. My official maternity leave will begin Halloween (lovely), and I’ll have to find a whole new routine for myself (until baby is here, and then it’ll change again!). And things will be like this until July 2019, when I open up shop again and get back to work. That feels a million miles away, and yet I’m sure it’ll go by in a blur.
I can’t say what life will be like once baby is here, and I’ll have to find myself a new routine while learning this Mum thing on the job. But I can say that I’m really looking forward to enjoying this short period of maternity leave before baby is here.
After three years of working constantly, with no holidays, no sick pay, no backup when life interferes, and now heavily pregnant; I honestly can’t wait to just be OFF. I feel like I need to enjoy this tiny smidge of time before baby comes, to relax, rejuvenate, and prepare for my whole life to change.
I want to prepare as best as I can for this new life, and really reflect on the changes that are about to come.
We’ve sorted almost everything on our to-do list for baby, so I should have around four weeks to myself to just do what I like (I’m going off our due date, but obviously this time frame could be different). I’m hoping I can be creative just for fun again, continue my little nesting phase organising and cleaning everything in sight (Mrs Hinch would be proud!), enjoying this time by seeing friends, and having some lovely time with Gary before we become Mum and Dad.
But who knows? Maybe I’ll spend the four weeks on the couch moaning about backache and watching Netflix. I’m a realist, so that’s okay too. Whatever I feel I need, I’ll go with. It really is going to be strange though for the next 9 months not making work my ultimate focus, but I’m hoping it’ll be a great chance to refresh my plan/shop/business as a whole, and come back in July feeling crazy good! Fingers crossed.
It’s nice to get this all out in a blog post to share with you guys about my feelings and plans during this transition; but mostly I just wanted to say thank you. My little Etsy business has been going strong for three years, and I absolutely couldn’t have done it without the support I have from you. Whether you’ve bought things from me as a regular customer, a one off, recommended my work, passed along my details to someone, or simply retweeted my promotions on Twitter – it all makes a HUGE difference and it’s meant so much to me. When I come back to work, it’ll also mean I still get to be with my son at home, while trying to keep my little biz afloat; and I’m so grateful for that.
I’m very lucky to have a little online tribe who support me in everything I do, and I don’t know what I’d do without you in this next big, scary part of my life. I need you! So please know how awesome you are, and what a difference it makes (especially while I’ve been pregnant and live 300 miles away from all my family, and most of my friends).
I’ll still be updating this blog by the way, I’m going nowhere. And you can expect my daily stories on Instagram still, of course!
So right now, I’m excited and nervous about everything – but feeling good! I’d love if you helped me clear the rest of my Etsy stock, and I can’t wait to show you what I have in store for 2019!
Thanks guys xx
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