Name: Reneé Davis
Number of children: two girls, aged 5 and almost 3 and a little man who is nearly a year old
Job title: Part time PA, full time wife and mummy, blogger, wannabe chef and now published author
Duties: My duties vary according to the day of the week and time of the day. Between 5-6am and 6:30-8:30pm I can usually be found writing. Between 8am-4pm on a Thursday and Friday I am on my Company’s time. The rest of my life is taken up with the never ending duties that come with being a mummy.
Childcare arrangements: My eldest is at school, and my two littlest ones get looked after by a nanny for six hours on each of my work days.
What I love about work: I have a fab team and enjoy interacting with my colleagues. I also enjoy using my brain in a different way to the way its used when I’m with the kids.
What I find difficult is: We’ve had a lot of sleep problems with our eldest, and now that she’s doing much better baby boy has taken to waking up on average ten times every night. As you can imagine this means our mornings can be rather fraught, and it’s intensified on my work days.
My working life would be easier if… I’m trialling working from home at the moment, which has made my working life much easier. Just hoping I get the go ahead for it to be a permanent arrangement.
Work/mum life balance: Only working two days a week is perfect for me, and I feel I’ve achieved the coveted ‘work/life balance’. I’m very lucky to work for a company that values their part time staff, and I feel like I am a valued member of the team.
How having children has changed the work I do: I’ve been working in this job since going back after having my eldest, and I made the decision that I would not take my work home with me as I had done in the past. When I switch my computer off I switch my work head off too.
Fantasy job / If I wasn’t doing this, I’d be… As well as blogging I have just published my first book, and have been well and truly bitten by the writing bug. I would love to forge a career out of writing because it makes me so happy.
Mojomums helps mums get their mojo back – what advice would you give to mums who feel they have lost theirs? Find a hobby that you can be truly passionate about. Whether it’s fitness related, cooking great food, taking lovely photographs, writing, making things or learning a language. Practice, get really good at it and try and figure out a way of incorporating it into your daily life. Once you’ve successfully done that see if you can take it one step further by making a living out of it.
Reneé blogs at Mummy Tries about life, parenting and surviving a dysfunctional childhood. Why not pop over and have a read?
She has just published her first self-help book Become the Best You which is available to buy on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle download.
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