Back to Work

I’ve now been back at work for a few weeks and thought it was about time I wrote an update on it. I wasn’t really looking forward to my return to work but knew that it was a necessary evil – I need to work for us to have any luxuries in our life and so it was something I knew I had to do.

I’m now doing the same job I did before I took a step into management – I’ve taken a downgrade to allow me to be more flexible with my working hours and to not have all the stress that comes with a management position. I’m really glad I chose to downgrade. I’m now doing a job that is easy for me, I know it, I did it for years and it’s second nature. Yes, I need to refresh a few things, some procedures have changed and regulations have updated but generally I feel like I’m riding a bike – You just never forget.

The only thing that is strange is to be back wearing a uniform. I haven’t worn a uniform to work since 2008 and so wearing once again is very odd! 6 years of wearing my own suits and now being back in uniform is taking some getting use to but it’s fine – I don’t have to think about what to wear each day, I have plenty of uniform to last me my working week and I look the part when I’m at work.

I have settled in to my working routine although my days to vary from week to week. On the whole I am working all day Friday, until we close at 2pm on a Saturday and one other day during the week. On days when Hubby’s at home he will have the kids whilst I work and he’ll sort dinner so that we keep the same routine through the week. There really aren’t that many days where it’s hard for us, at the moment everything seems to run quite smoothly and now I’m just counting down to when our routine changes again when LP starts preschool in September.

For now though I have working days, Hubby has working days and both of us, along with my lovely mother in law, share the days with the kids. We all get time with LP and Little Man, we all work and we all get to have family time together, although not as much of it as we used to. Overall I’m enjoying working so far and I don’t think any aspect of my life has suffered – The children are happy, we still get to see friends and I’m still managing to blog. I don’t think things could have worked out any better!

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  1. July 25, 2014 / 9:22 am

    I’m glad it is all working out so well – i know you were worried about things, and keeping on top of your blog too.

    I think uniform can often be easier sometimes as you don’t have to worry about clothes so much – just make sure you have enough clean & you’re good to go! Don’t forget to get the uniform tax rebate too πŸ˜‰

  2. Natalie
    July 25, 2014 / 12:13 pm

    It sounds like you have a great routine working out for you!

    When I was in the corporate management world before my son was born, I used to so wish we had uniforms. Way easier than planning an outfit each day – and the savings on dry cleaning!

  3. July 25, 2014 / 8:48 pm

    I have to say – I love reading your blog. It’s so refreshing to read positive posts and you always seem to make the best of all Situations & never seem to be downbeat. Very inspiring!! xx

    • July 25, 2014 / 9:02 pm

      Thanks so much Beth. That means a lot. Thanks so much for always reading πŸ™‚ x

  4. July 25, 2014 / 9:10 pm

    I’m so glad it’s working out for you. I know everyone is different, but work really doesn’t have to be the end of the world, it can (as you’ve proven) work out pretty damn well. X

  5. July 26, 2014 / 2:48 pm

    That sounds like it’s really working out well for you – I’m so pleased, it makes all the difference to going back when it’s running smoothly!

  6. July 26, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    Sounds like downgrading was the perfect option and lucky that you had that. I think a lot of others go back to the same role and then almost get penalised by having the same role in fewer hours so downgrading should be more of an option – I guess companies can’t offer it – in case they get accused of discrimination, it has to be requested.

  7. July 27, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    So glad its all working out Donna – it really does sound like a nice balance πŸ™‚ x

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