‘A period of absence from work granted to a mother before and after the birth of her child’
‘The hours spent while baby is sleeping are devoted to starting a new business or skill’
I am opting for Power Maternity. It is a growing trend and movement and I am discovering more and more ‘mumtrepneurs’ which is just incredible and inspiring.
Recently I passed my 5 year anniversary working for House of Fraser and looking back it has been an incredible journey. However, rather than planning what my journey will look like there for the next few years, I am busy working out a plan for my ‘replacement’ and crazily working through all the feelings that going on maternity leave brings.
I’m a learning and development advisor specialising in product, styling and service training. I love my job (90% of the time) and have been very fortunate to be in such a creative position where I can use my love for style and fashion, as well as drive results and the business.
With always being an ambitious and career driven girl, that’s why power maternity appeals to me. But am I being naive to think that having a new born will still allow me to work on sideline projects and start a new adventure?! Hmmm, time will tell, but I have never been one for just doing the norm. I always look for new adventures, skills to learn and ways to push myself.
My career, and more so my role at House of Fraser was the reason I started blogging in the first place and to be honest, it is a big part of who I am today. I’ve thrived off my job, it excites me and gives me confidence.
To be leaving this behind, to start my new chapter as a mother for potentially any time between 6-9months or forever, is daunting!
Nothing too serious then!
Yes, I can’t wait to meet my little boy. Yes, I know I’ve always wanted to be a mama and I will bloody well throw all I have in to it and cherish my days trying to raise a strong boy. However, with a unplanned pregnancy your mind finds it hard to adjust sometimes to the concept of motherhood and what this purpose will bring.
I know mums out there reading this will be saying having a child is a new sense of purpose. Which I completely understand and get. I am sure there will be days where I love sitting on the couch with my boobs out, nursing my baby boy. I also know there will be days I will hate it too and miss being in meetings with buyers and designers having those creative conversations.
So, recently I have been reaching out to find what it is I can and will be doing on my power maternity leave and it’s helping to keep me motivated and inspired, rather than worrying about all those thoughts mentioned above. More to come on this, but just know that even if you have so many questions unanswered like myself, there are so many new opportunities out there, which I have already started to learn and it’s amazing! It’s also okay if you aren’t 100% embracing the thought of maternity leave after building up a career that you love.
“Studies show that during pregnancy our brains are more resourceful and creative”
says psychologist Marisa Peer, author of Trying to get pregnant and succeeding, and by removing ourselves from the day to day stresses of work, it recharges our minds. So, maybe it’s not all about dirty nappies and leaking nipples after all?!
No one knows what their maternity leave will bring, there is no one size fits all (based on listening to my friends and reading blogs) so I really don’t know what to expect. All I do know is that I have too many ideas and creativity to sleep while the baby sleeps and to binge on box sets while I’m late night feeding. I maybe delusion, and while some will say sleep and rest when you can because you’ll be knackered and it’s challenging enough. I also know there are hundreds and thousands of mums that used maternity leave to build businesses.
I am inspired by mothers every day following all different types of directions, and to reiterate, no maternity leave fits all and I’m not saying I will build an empire, all I am saying is, I can now see options and that’s something to be excited about. For me, that option is power maternity.