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Back to work

So, I have finally made the decision… I am going to go back to work! We have 2 wonderful daughters and I have taken almost 3 years off, with a little bit of freelance work here and there. It has been a great time but I really feel like I am ready to get back amongst it. I already know it is going to be incredibly hard not spending my days with the kids, but in theory I am really looking forward to getting my teeth back into a project and being ‘Emilie, the professional’ instead of ‘Emilie, the mom’.

So why am I finding it so difficult to actually get going, instead of only talking about it? I have even gone as far as getting a totally new wardrobe to turn myself into this self-confident, go-getter. I thought that maybe if I looked the part, I would be the part. For obvious reasons that was a bad idea… I now own some pretty, new dresses but it still has not made me get in touch with my inner professional self.

At the end of the day, sending out CVs and trying to sell yourself is hard, and doing it surrounded by two lovely but demanding children is almost impossible. I also should not blame it on the children; I am finding thousands of excuses about why I have not updated my CV or sent off an important email.

To force myself into taking action, I have resorted to sorting out part-time childcare. Now I have no excuses; I need to sit down in front of the computer (after I have reorganised my desk again and again) and start selling myself. Let’s hope someone likes what they see….

– Emilie


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Comments (4)

kirby
February 21, 2009

Emilie-
I haven’t met you- I just know Courtney and Kristin, but wanted to drop a note bc I read the blog pretty frequently. I am not a mom…yet 🙂 but I have to say as a female single entrepreneur, I am incredibly impressed with working moms. I’m not sure if I could do it myself! So, good luck, and if you are looking for any freelance work in NYC, let me know what you are looking for and I will keep my ears open. I don’t usually look at comments, so you have my email if you need to get in touch with me!

kirby


Michela
February 22, 2009

good luck!
sorting childcare is the first step!!


Britta
February 23, 2009

I’m a recent convert to the power of your wardrobe to help with confidence — congrats and enjoy!! Being home with your children has given you a whole new set of skills and enhanced others, like time management, patience, multitasking. You and your future employer(s) should value that:)

Figuring out your new identity and what you really want is a daunting, but crucial challenge. I wish you lots of luck and the courage to believe in yourself — your ideas and your insights on this blog speak wonders. Keep us posted!


February 23, 2009

Bon chance with your job search! Would love to see some photos of your new wardrobe! 🙂


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