HI, I’M CAROLYN.
I’m a mum of three young kids in Sydney Australia. Since becoming a mum in 2013, I have struggled to find balance in my life. There are so many competing priorities that it often feels like I just don’t get enough time to do anything properly. I jump from task to task, sometimes getting to bed at night and being unable to remember what I during the day.
Twelve months ago, I signed a 2-year contract as a Project Manager. My youngest at the time was only 6 months old and I was not ready to go back to work, but it was a great opportunity that would allow balance that my previous role would not. So I jumped in. As soon as I arrived at my new job, I knew that I had bitten off more than I wanted to chew. The job was great and a few years ago I would have even called it a dream opportunity. But, with the reality of three little kids, a household to run and new dreams to chase, it wasn’t what I wanted anymore. Unfortunately, I did not have the luxury of walking away from the role because mortgage to pay and mouths to feed meant that I need to keep earning money.
Although my flight instinct was very strong, I decided to fight. I decided that it was within my means and ability to make my life better and to find more balance. Maybe it’s possible to have it all, but it is possible to have a bit of everything, a career, a family and a life. So, I set myself a goal. By the end of my 2-year contract, I wanted to find a way to make money that did not require me to commute 2 hrs a day and did not require me to sit in meetings all day long. I wanted to find something that would allow me to make it to all of the kid’s school performances and sports events and allow me to be calmer in the evening because I am not ushering the kids to bed so I can finish that last two hours of work that I did not get done because I had to pick them up from childcare. Lofty goals, I know!
Although I already knew that this dream job, did not actually exist, I did do extensive job searches. I found so many interesting jobs, but none of them fit the bill. Most of the jobs that offered balance and personal fulfillment did not pay enough and the jobs that did pay enough didn’t offer balance. I work in a flexible job but I know that flexible is really just code for “you don’t need to be at your desk, but you will still think about and probably worry about work no matter where you are”.
This led me to my idea, that maybe instead of finding one perfect job that pays the same amount as my current job, maybe I could find a find a series of small solutions to my problem. Maybe there are some passive ways to make an income that could make life a bit easier and take the stress out a little. And finally, maybe if I could find a way to make the money I do have go further, then I wouldn’t be worried about making so much money. I don’t want to be rich, but I do want to be able to sleep at night without worrying if I am going to be able to pay the mortgage and I want to comfortably know I can do things like enroll the kids in swimming lesson (with three kids the bills add up quickly!).
Twelve months into my journey, I have learned so much. I am the proud owner of an Etsy store, a profitable craft blog, and many more plans on the way. I am still trying to balance everything with a full-time job, but I know that this last big push over the next twelve months is going to be worth it. Mum Cents is a collection of all the great info that I have learned along this journey. I hope you find it useful and can find some great resources to create balance in your world and maybe even some extra cents along the way.
I always love to hear from like-minded mums and dads who are traveling on this journey or just starting out. I’d love to hear your story, share ideas and collaborate Please reach out via the comment section on blog posts, via social media or by email.
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All the best,