I'd like to share my story with you today, with the hope that someone might just receive the encouragement and strength they need. A little over two years ago, I was at my lowest ebb. I had to deal with constant unfavourable treatment from a manager at work (this started after my return to work following maternity leave).
I dreaded going in to work so much so that it would make me physically sick. I actually felt like a little kid back in the playground having to deal with a bully. The thing is I wasn't a kid but an ADULT and it wasn't a playground but a HOSPITAL. The caring profession I loved so much was now causing me so much anxiety.
Now for those of you that have had babies, did you experience a sense of guilt at leaving your baby to return to work? Well in my case, add that guilt + bully + anxiety + reduced income and spiralling expenses (and a baby of course, ) and what you have is being on the verge of a nervous breakdown!
My turning point came when one evening I looked down at my little baby girl (who's going on three now) with tears pouring from my eyes on to her innocent face; I said to myself "there's got to be more to life". Surely I wasn't put on this earth to just struggle day in day out, work myself sick for people that didn't even appreciate my contribution to the workplace. I was tired, my blood pressure was up. I was ENDURING and not ENJOYING life.
Ok I understand that I was fortunate to have a job but surely there are other ways of earning that money, other than the corporate job which often means long hours, not seeing family or loved ones, putting off or missing doctors appointments.
It was not long after that I met a brilliant woman who would later become like a business coach/mentor to me. Vee Roberts of insight2marketing you have no idea the impact you've had on me business wise and personally. Although her second to none expertise is in marketing and branding; being a fellow mumprenuer, she understood where I was coming from. Even more importantly, with her expert help I've been able to get MY BUSINESS (yes it feels so empowering to say that) to the stage it is now.
So that's my story. Have I felt frustrated with life? Yes! Have I felt like giving up? Yes! Do I still face challenges? Yes! Is it all worth it? Absolutely! From a health and wellness nurse, with over 10 years experience working in Harley, to an Independent Nurse Consultant. I run a successful Health and wellbeing company which specialises in work place health and offers freelance services to working mum's or mumprenuers who don't have the time to go to their GP, or simply can't get the time off.
If you are going through or have gone through similar experience I would love to hear from you. I believe as women we should empower one another. Great things happen when women support each other. There is more to your life so start living it today. You can connect with me on Facebook here:
Abigail Morakinyo has also been shortlisted for the 'Mum and Working' Award and has reached the final.
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