I remember vividly the moment I threw the towel in.
I was exhausted and overwhelmed trying to juggle my work with being a mum. I was feeling depleted and was fed up with just surviving. I’m not sure if you’ve ever felt like this as a working mum. My guess is that if you’re reading this then you can relate to this in some way.
So I did the only thing that felt like an option at that point. That was to step away from my work. I loved my work. I felt like I was making a real difference. And I really enjoyed the independence and sense of achievement that it gave me. But something had to give in my life. And I thought the only option was my work.
It turns out it not only wasn’t the only option, but it wasn’t the answer either. That was quite an aha moment for me! And it was a big catalyst for me starting Wisdom For Working Mums.
The realisation that as women we don’t have to choose between our careers and motherhood. That for some women not working isn’t an option and isn’t the answer to less stress and overwhelm. It turns out I felt just as guilty and overwhelmed when I focussed on motherhood without my work……just for different reasons.
I then came to realise something so powerful that it still gives me goosebumps.
The world needs more women like us to find a way to combine our work and motherhood in a more sustainable way.
We really can change the world by finding a way to participate in a way that works for us and our families. Don’t just take my word for it. The United Nation’s Secretary General António Guterres said in March 2018:
“Women’s participation makes peace agreements stronger, societies more resilient and economies more vigorous.”
That’s powerful stuff – don’t you think?
In 2010 the Dalai Lama gave a speech at the Vancouver Peace Summit and stated
“The world will be saved by the western woman”
I truly believe this. By more women stepping into their true confidence and natural power we can make the difference that our world so desperately needs. By having more women like us in positions of influence we can affect the change. But we need to be able to participate more fully. More fully in our community, in politics, in the economy and in the world.
I believe that this is the only way we can create a better future and world for our children. But for this to happen, things need to change. Because how can we change the world when the day-to-day balance of work, motherhood and life leaves us feeling exhausted? The way we are approaching our work and lives isn’t serving us and our families… let alone the world.