The End of an Era
The Bear had her last day at nursery this week and I have mixed emotions about the entire thing. When we initially sent her to nursery it was not only a nessesity because I worked full time, but also a choice on our part. It was important to us from a social and development perspective for her to mix and engage with children her own age. We found a great nursery in the village and over the past 20 months that she has been attending, it’s been great for her and a decision I am glad we made. However, now I am going self-employed not only is the cost no longer warranted, but also there is little point in my taking the leap if I’m not going to be spending extra time with my children: that’s the whole point of doing this. Additionally it’s timed well as she’s really struggled to get back into things after the holidays so I think a change will be good for us all.
Therefore this is now the end of an era, both for her and for us as a family as we go from a 2 full time income family to a one and a half (and that’s being very ambitious!). It will be an adjustment on all our parts as we learn to budget and watch what we spend; something we’re lucky to have not needed to worry about before.
I’m not going to lie, I’m nervious; it’s a risk but it’s a risk we need to take and hopefully one that will pay off. Worst case scenario, I’m back job hunting this time next year but best case? Well, best case means we get a better work life balance for the entire family and really enjoy living it. I want to be more present in my children’s lives; something I cannot do if I am constantly travelling with work.
So, not only am I committed to investing 100% effort into this to give it my all, but I am determind to MAKE it work. For now I will enjoy my last few weeks on maternity leave but come mid-February, I’m on it!!