New school year, new start for mum?August 24, 2016
September is fast approaching and the new school year will be upon us before we realise it. Some of you may be counting down the days as the summer holidays have stretched on bringing frayed tempers and the inevitable juggling of child care. Others of you may be sending your child off to school for the first time, or off to “big” school. The rest of the holidays will no doubt pass in a blur with uniform buying, timetable checking, journey timing and a host of other back to school activities leading up to the big day in early September. For those of you whose children are starting school for the first time I imagine that you are feeling a whole array of emotions at the moment, for those going back you may know what to expect but this could be a good or a bad thing. Whatever you are feeling it is clear that this is a time of change, for your children and for you as their mum.
As a teacher I often thought of September as the start of not only the school year but of the year. It was a time when I made resolutions and changes as many would do in January, this year was going to be the one that I had a better work life balance, didn't take work home on weekends or completing my masters. I personally found that September was a much better time to make changes and can happily report that all of the changes above I made good progress with. As your children are at school it is a key time to evaluate where you currently are in relation to your goals in all aspects of your life and if you are not where you want to be to start taking action to rectify that.
So what do you want to change? It could be that now your child is at school you feel that you have time to focus on you and your career. You might have taken some time off before your child went to school so are dipping a toe back into the job market. Equally, you may be looking at reducing your hours as schools generally have shorter hours than nurseries or you want to be there at pick up and drop off. Finally you might be one of a growing number of mums who have decided to go it alone as a mumtreprenuer, starting or developing your own business with the intention of having that flexibility.
A lot of mums I work with who have career dilemmas lack confidence about themselves. They feel the they don't have the right skills or abilities to be successful starting their own business, or to try a new career. My passion is working with mums through life and business coaching to help them to believe that they can do it if they want to and supporting them through this change. I believe that all of us are capable of greatness (however cheesy that sounds) and we have the resources and answers inside ourselves that need to be unlocked. I am not saying we will all be top doctors or entrepreneurs because we won't but we can all achieve our goals if we are committed to doing so. This is why I made the change to help women like you, through life and business coaching, make those changes too.
Alternatively your career may be running like clockwork but other aspects of your life may not be quite so awe inducing. Are you struggling in your relationship? do you want to be more fit and healthy? are you finding it hard to have a social life? all of these are very real concerns. As a mum you may have been prioritising your children for the last 5, 10, 15+ years and in that time not spent the energy focusing on your needs and happiness. All of this is completely normal and understandable and again I would recommend you take some time to reflect and take stock. Are you where you want to be? do you even know where you want to be? As a coach specialising in working with mums I can help you achieve clarity about where you want to be and achieve your goals in all aspects of your life.
Watch out for my upcoming blog posts profiling some mums who are using September to make the changes the they want.