While this site is meant to introduce my work to prospective partners and clients, it’s also a place I can share my thoughts about working in the exciting universe of freelance marketing – especially as a mom! Sounds a little cheesy, I know, to write about being a working mother, but it’s my world now.
I’ve always worked in traditional corporate marketing settings – as a cube-dwelling office worker, performing lots of different MarCom duties, riding the train every morning and evening, going to the gym at lunch, etc. When I had my baby in January, everything changed. Duh. I honestly wasn’t sure how my life was going to work any more. But as I learned how to change 45 diapers a day, breastfeed around-the-clock, cook dinner wearing a baby sling, and type on my laptop one-handed, I realized I could take a leap into the great unknown and try to work from home – ideally, as a marketing copywriter. (To put those one-handed typing skills to good use, of course!)
It was hard leaving my job and work friends, not to mention the financial security of a salary. I even sacrificed my reading and chill-out time on my daily commute! But really, it was nothing next to the sacrifice I would have made to leave my darling baby in someone else’s hands (even my dear husband’s). If I miss her when she’s sleeping next to me in the dark, where I can’t look at her and smile, well…you get the idea.
The thing is, I really love working and I don’t want to stop. I enjoy writing, communicating, and collaborating with people. I truly believe I have a heck of a lot to offer as a professional communicator! I’ve done a few jobs since I’ve started freelancing, and it has felt so good to produce, and I’ve learned so much already. Even working on this website has been immensely satisfying. Networking with friends and associates has been deeply rewarding, and I’m excited about what the future holds.
Learning to live with more unknowns than ever before, going with the ebbs and flows of parenthood, the economy, corporate budgets…it’s all somewhat unnerving. I’m an optimist, though, and I’m choosing to believe good things lie ahead. I’ll do my best, with prayers and fingers crossed!
Thanks for reading!