In just over a year, my blog has led me to a network of new friends who share similar interests, recognition as one of the Top 30 Vancouver Mom Bloggers, a steadily increasing number of followers, some exciting product review offers, invitations to fabulous and inspirational events, discussions with the Premier and other leading women, and now, a completely new career change. After over 8 years of working as a Marketing Manager in the corporate world, I was starting to feel like it was time for a change.
At first I wanted to move up into a senior executive role, where I would oversee a department and take on new responsibilities and challenges, but as I started to search for new opportunities – interviewing for exciting positions and dreaming of life in the potential new roles, I realized something: What I really wanted was to find that family/work balance that many of us career moms dream of. To do a job that I felt passionate about, while also having the ability to spend more time with my littles.
Since my daughter’s first day of Kindergarten, something inside me changed. I suddenly felt as though I was missing out on big mommy moments. I wasn’t able to drop her off or pick her up from school (her before/after school care was doing that for me), which meant I wasn’t getting to know her teacher or the other parents. I wasn’t able to participate in the constant opportunities for parents to help with field trips, classroom activities and school events. And it was those things, combined with my dwindling enthusiasm for my existing career, that led me to the realization that what I wanted was flexibility.
If it weren’t for the women I’ve met through my blog, through the fabulous events I’ve attended, and through conversations I’ve had through Twitter and other social media outlets, I wouldn’t have known that it was possible to have both. I’ve met so many women who have figured it out – who have thriving careers but also that family balance that seemed so out of reach to me. I realized, if they can find that balance, why can’t I?
I began to search for part time opportunities. I knew it would be a challenge – that my dream of finding something that would be challenging, advance my career, and allow me to work 5 hours a day so I could do all of the pick ups and drop offs, was next to impossible. But as they say, if you dream it, it will come.
Through having been chosen as a Top 30 Vancouver Mom Blogger, I had attended some exciting events and had discovered many new companies, blogs and websites. One of which was VancouverMom.ca – the site that had hosted the top blogger contest and the Leading Moms event I had recently enjoyed. I sent a note to the CEO/Founder of Crisp Media (host to Vancouver Mom and other City Mom Now sites across Canada) and asked if she knew of any opportunities.
Coincidentally, she had been looking for someone to take on the business development side of her company, and the qualities and experience she was looking for made me the perfect match. After a few calls it was confirmed – she invited me to join her team and I accepted!
I have officially resigned from my full time coporate career, and am taking on a new role as a WAHM. I’m nervous about all of the changes that will come, but excited to be following my heart, by both focusing more of my time on my family, and taking on a new career that fosters many of my personal passions. Wish me luck as I embark on this new journey!
Do you have any advice for me about becoming a WAHM after working in the corporate world?