It is Word of the Week time, and the word that sums up my last seven days is ‘venture’.
Some of you may be aware that I made the life-changing decision to not return to my job as a cardiac nurse following the end of my second (and final) maternity leave. I was due to return to work in a couple of weeks, resuming life at a large London hospital five days a week, 9am-5pm. The thought of leaving the kids for that significant chunk of the week was causing me an incredible amount of anxiety and sadness. Anxious about how they would cope without me, and sadness at missing so much of their lives. The solution was actually quite simple: resign.
There are a growing number of women who give up employment to look after their children, but go on to turn their skills to growing a business from home. These women are sometimes referred to as ‘mumpreneurs’, a term which I’m not certain I like. Either way, these women are taking what can seem like a daunting and uncertain situation and turning it into something positive and productive.
Because I have given up paid employment, I decided that as well as working as a full-time mother, I would to turn my time at home into something more. We essentially need two salaries in the long-term, but while I’m at home with the boys, I have begun the process of starting up my own little ‘project’. (My good friend J has told me to ditch the term ‘project’, so a virtual slap on the wrist from her is deserved).
I’ve done a fair bit of work so far, and have already made a couple of schoolgirl blunders. I won’t bore you with the details. But I am at the stage where I can start to tell people about the details of what I’ve been up to.
I have mixed feelings about it all. For the most part, I am incredibly excited about the work I’ve done so far. I love my idea (but then again, I would!) and wish it had been around a couple of years ago when I needed it. I’m also incredibly anxious about the reception I will get – or lack of, as the case may be.
Either way, I am currently embarking on a venture unlike anything I’ve previously embarked on. I do not have the safety net of an employer, steady salary and pension. I’m risking our money, my time and my pride for something that I have no way of predicting the success of. And it is strangely thrilling.
Oh, and if you do happen to be curious enough about said venture, then please have a peek at www.chicksnurserylist.com and as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Another link up with Jocelyn at http://www.thereadingresidence.com for #WotW.