When my son was a few months old I left my well paid, secure full-time lecturing job because the tug at my heartstrings at the thought of leaving my beautiful baby boy every day was just too much to bear.
I never went back after maternity leave. Instead I enter the world of party plan selling make up. I LOVE it!
I’d been feeling undervalued at work before I went on maternity leave. I’d got a new boss, she made it very clear that she didn’t like me and the fact I’d been off long-term sick after a car accident, made her job difficult. The fact that I went back to work pregnant and would then need maternity leave left her less than impressed. She did nothing to make me feel supported.
I'd looked for work closer to home. The fact that she wouldn’t come to the phone to discuss what we’d verbally agreed before I went off on maternity leave helped me make the decision to not go back.
I didn’t want to be making do...however, it was quite an impulsive thing to do. We had a mortgage, lots of credit card debt and no savings and a new baby. I was the chief breadwinner and needed to replace my salary. At least we wouldn’t need childcare bills.
Once I no longer had a salary coming in, I had the motivation to build and develop my business really quickly. I worked my socks off to get parties booked in and grow a team of my own so I could earn more commission. My (now ex) husband was working night shift at the time and we only had the one car. I’d get back from doing a party, he’d be waiting on the doorstep and we’d swap places. Off he went to work, and I'd take over as mum. I very rarely put my son to bed those first few months.