When my daughter was born in 2016, everything changed, but not in the way you’d expect.
I set up my company Claire Creative in 2012 when my son was on his way so that I could have more flexibility. (Yes, I am that idiot who tried to do both at the same time!). As the years went on I felt that I was still seeking the elusive balance between work life and family life and I was getting more and more exhausted. I was stressed out. Saying ‘Yes’ to every project that came my way. This business that I’d created to be more flexible and available for my family was actually preventing me from spending time with family.
2012, Paris (Baby #1 on the way)
I was working late nights and weekends and staying available to clients, even on holidays.
I never had a break.
I never had time.
I never saw my friends.
I had no time for my lovely husband.
When I was with my gorgeous baby boy I was checking my phone for emails.
My neck hurt. My stomach churned each time I saw ‘urgent’ or ‘further changes’ in the subject line.
I needed to take a step back.
I needed to make some changes.
But I didn’t know how.
I had always run my business pretty lean. I was terrified of making a big investment. Maybe it’s my Cavan roots but I felt that spending money on my business was a huge indulgence and a huge risk. It was way out of my comfort zone.
After my second maternity leave in 3 years, I knew that I couldn’t go back to how things were so I invested in myself. I signed up with a business coach. Ran ads. Created events. Spending like this was a million miles out of my comfort zone. I was so nervous about it. But it paid off (phew!!) My business is now unrecognizable. I have more control I get to work a 4-day week doing work I am genuinely excited to do. Sure, there are some hectic times, but life is good. My business is going from strength to strength and I learned the importance of balance and the big picture. And I got here by getting WAY out of my comfort zone, investing in myself and my business.
2016, Montpellier (Baby #2)
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