Flexibility and Fulfilment? You can have them both. Stop believing the same lies that I told myself for too many years.
Here’s what I now know to be true: we don’t have to trade flexibility for fulfilment.
Did I always know that? Absolutely not.
For several years after I had my daughter I stayed in the corporate space, definitely not having my world rocked, but feeling like I had no choice.
That was a lie I had unwittingly told myself.
I had fought tooth and nail to obtain a flexible work arrangement. The clue is in the word “arrangement”. This was not a new, part-time contract. This was an “arrangement”. Something that was granted – eventually – by my employer and could be taken away WHOOSH! on a whim [whenever the “business could no longer support it”].
That made me feel like my position was precarious.
That made me feel like I should be grateful for my hard-won 30 hours squeezed into 3.5 days arrangement.
That made me feel like I had to just suck it up if I wasn’t enamoured with my job because I had – for the time being at least – a flexible work arrangement. The holy grail.
I felt stuck.
So I stayed, trading fulfilment for the flexibility that was important to me as a mother.
I did find some fulfilment in that role, but not enough. I did not feel excited to go to work. I didn’t feel like I was lit up by my work.
I didn’t think I could ask for that.
Then, the rug was well and truly pulled out from under me: I was at risk of redundancy.
I started to look for jobs outside of the company.
What did I find?
A pretty dire situation for anyone expecting a decent wage, some flexibility, and maybe even, but not necessarily, a modicum of fulfilment.
When I looked at the job market, all I saw were compromises. Trades.
Want something part-time? Great! But you’ll have to cut your pay in half (at least).
Want something interesting that uses your brain and/or talents? Great! But you’ll have to move to London.
Want to earn decent money? Great! But forget part-time, and be ok with working extra hours to prove your worth.
I looked around and this was what I saw.
So I made a decision.
I said “F*CK THIS SH*T!”.
I am not trading anymore. I am going to make the rules. I am not letting someone else decide what I get. I am TAKING BACK CONTROL.
I will create something that is FLEXIBLE, FULFILLING and PROFITABLE.
Why the hell shouldn’t I?
So I told my husband that after I was made redundant I wasn’t going to look for another job. I was going to start my own business. I was going to follow my passion. I was going to be fulfilled by my work. I was going to be in control of my schedule, my work/life balance. I was going to make plenty of money.
I just decided.
And guess what? I am making it happen! Work is no longer a chore. I no longer have that dread of Mondays. When I talk about what I do, I feel excited, enthusiastic, lit up. I am in charge of my schedule.
I make the rules.
I want to help you make yours.
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