Hello and welcome back to another week of Mama You Can, a series started to started to share inspirational stories of Mama’s who have changed career direction, started their own business or negotiated a more flexible role to fit in with family life.
This week we have the lovely Bridget from blog Bridie by the sea. I started reading her blog when I started blogging and love heading there to see what they’ve been doing. Lots of other people do as well as she’s been nominated for the Britmums ‘fresh new voice’ blogging award this year.
I’ll hand over to Bridget to tell her story…
Mama You Can: Bridget from Bridie by the sea
My name is Bridget and I live in Brighton with my other half – I am mum to Emma, 2 years old and step-mum to James, 13 years old. I earn money by working from home with blogging being my main income. It’s a new venture for me but since making the decision to blog full-time, I haven’t looked back.
Prior to having Emma, I worked as a TV Production Manager for light entertainment and documentary series. It was a job I loved because of the fast paced nature; every day was completely different and I thrived on dealing with whatever what thrown at me. There was no doubt in my mind that I would return to work after my maternity leave.
When Emma was 16 months old, I received a fantastic part time offer at a TV broadcaster, but after months of trying to make it work – I handed in my notice. The team I was working with didn’t seem to understand the needs of a working mother – it was a big issue that I had to work from home one day of the week. Those niggling feelings of resentment and being pushed out of the team took its toll and this, together with the strain of commuting from Brighton every day made me realise that it wasn’t meant to be.
It took me a long time to come to this realisation though. There was always that feeling in my mind that perhaps I would never receive an offer like this again, working 4 days a week. What would I do instead of TV production? As I pondered on my decision, my blog started to grow and I found myself turning down opportunities because I didn’t have the time or energy to commit to working with brands. After talking to my ever-supportive partner, he made me realise that if I had more time to put into my blog, perhaps it would be possible to make a living from it. I felt I had nothing to lose so took the plunge.
The sense of relief at handing in my notice after weeks of feeling miserable was pretty incredible, to say the least. It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders all of a sudden. I decided to give the company an extra 2 weeks’ notice; unfortunately in the lead up to my end date, I felt even more dismissed than I had already been feeling. I suppose there was no incentive anymore to involve me in their projects as I would soon be leaving the team.
I was very nervous at leaving my day job, but have no regrets. I now work solely on my blog, and things have gone from strength to strength. I spent time monetising the blog and have been pleasantly surprised with the results over the past four months. I love being able to work from home and blogging is something that makes me so happy. I work regularly with a couple of independent companies in Brighton, helping with their social media and am looking to branch out into Virtual Assistant work over the coming months too.
My advice to other mums wanting to make a change in their working life is to follow your heart and go for it. You’ll never know until you try and your old career will still be waiting for you, if it doesn’t work out. I’d really recommend planning your day when you’re working for yourself – I plan every hour of the day and make sure I move onto the next thing on the schedule to ensure I get everything done. Anything is possible and if you’re really passionate about it, you’ll make it happen!
You can find more from Bridget on her Instagram.