For the first time in almost eight years, I’m back at work. Full time. And I’m LOVING it.
My youngest started school this year and after the initial pangs of separation anxiety (from both of us), we have found our feet. I have full days, devoted to the new love in my life, my career as a writer and video editor for this very site. And I have thrown myself in. Hard.
Working from home is a blessing, but it can be tricky. I still haven’t got my work/life balance anywhere near under control. My husband often makes jokes that my laptop is strapped to my body 24/7 and he is right, it is. For the first time since having my kids, I’ve found my love for work again. My passion is back, and back with a vengeance, and having the job I’ve always dreamed of means I’ve thrown myself into the deep end, fully clothed. I’ve found pure bliss in the moments where my mind is occupied by things other than being a mum and I dig it.
I love that my kids see me working hard. I love that I am showing them what it means to have a strong work ethic, and equally, how important and fulfilling it is to find a job you love. I want them to know that while being a mother to them will always be my main role and my greatest love, I need something for myself as well.
But I feel guilty. I know I shouldn’t, but I feel guilty that my work has managed to creep its way up to the top of my priorities list. My family will always remain at number one on that list but some days, it feels like it’s a VERY close call. You see, I’m a woman of the all-or-nothing variety. It’s work all day or play all day and finding the sweet spot in between is hard.
So, working mums, throw your tips at me because I desperately need some advice. How do you make it work? How do you manage your time to keep everyone in your world feeling happy and nurtured – including yourself?
Here, beloved Aussie actress and Play School veteran Justine Clarke speaks to Monty On The Couch about her career ambition and finding her work/life balance.