When my first baby was born, I used to live in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a country where maternity leave is just 45 days.
Yes, 45 days!
It’s so short that you can practically count the hours.
Going back to work after giving birth was probably one of the hardest experiences I had to go through. My baby was just a few weeks old and I had to leave her behind for about 11 hours each day.
Every time I got back home, and as soon as she heard my voice, she used to cry for about 30-60 minutes as though she was blaming me for leaving her behind.
Being away for such a long period, from such a young baby is very hard, leaving the house in the mornings was very distressing and finding myself at the office for over nine long hours was suffocating.
When a new mom gives birth, a switch goes on in her heard that makes her see the world from a brand new perspective. With this, all the things that she valued before having that baby are not as relevant as they were.
New priorities settle in her mind, and that’s exactly what happened to me.
Even though my maternal instinct was still in its early phase of development at that time, it kicked in hard enough to push me to look for something else. I wasn’t sure what to look for yet, but I knew that another corporate job would not be the right fit, so I started looking around for different opportunities.
With such a long career in the corporate industry, I wasn’t sure in which direction to go and how my experiences could be helpful in finding a more independent job that would let me spend more time with my baby.
Until that day…
When I was talking with a friend, she mentioned a resourceful website that was very efficient for moms. It was great for new expatriates who settled in Dubai and provided answers on all aspects of motherhood and parenting.
That’s when it hit me: creating something online would be a fantastic way to keep me busy, earn some income and more importantly, allow me the chance to spend more time with my baby.
Following this conversation, I started looking around for the different opportunities that could work for me on the internet. I wasn’t familiar with blogging yet, but the more I learned about it, the more I liked it as it combined two of my passions: writing and marketing.
The best thing about blogging is that I get to set my own rules, choose my own branding, colors, voice, images, slogan and everything else. I was free to select the topics that I wanted to talk about without having to abide by any corporate rules or guidelines. For someone who was working in a dull corporate environment, this was a welcome change.
Blogging is an open world that invites anyone who is willing to invest some time. It is based on a very simple principle: writing about what you like.
As I enjoyed my new role as a mom, it became pretty clear to me that motherhood and parenting would be the topics that I would be writing about. After all, I grabbed every opportunity to talk about my baby’s latest accomplishments, so why not take the opportunity to write about them?
From the day I had that conversation with my friend, to the day I actually launched my blog, about 20 months had passed… It might sound like a long time, but for someone who had a full time job AND who was enrolled in a master’s program, my priority was to spend the rest of my spare time with my baby to compensate for my heavy schedule.
I was left with very short timeframes to investigate what blogging was about, and how it would work for me. When I had a short break in-between classes, when my baby was napping, when I was in a waiting room, or even on the train or at lunch time, I took full advantage of the time that I had to search for more information about blogging.
I liked the idea so much that I didn’t want to get distracted by other thoughts. And I did not want to get used to the idea of being away from my baby for too long.
Finding a more relaxing job was my target and vision, not a fleeting thought that crossed my mind.
After doing a lot of research, I became more and more familiar with the blogging universe and felt increasingly confident that it could work for me. I took the opportunity to enroll in a couple of courses that I found online, and that helped me understand how to handle a blog as well as how to launch it.
Sometimes when you’re ready to move to the next level, life gives you the opportunities that you’re looking for, and that’s exactly what happened to me.
When I was ready to launch my blog, we moved to Bangkok and I took the chance to take a break from my career. This move coincided with the submission of my dissertation, marking the completion of my Master’s degree.
Suddenly, the time with my daughter that was so limited in Dubai increased loads when we moved to Bangkok – a welcome change!
With this move, I took the chance to prepare and plan for the launch of my blog in December 2015. And today, I couldn’t be more pleased with this decision as I have valuable time with my daughter without the constraints of an office job, and get to witness all of the important milestones in her life.
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