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How to Let Go of Working-Mom Guilt

Hi!

I hope you are all doing wonderfully.

I recently started back working again, leaving my baby with the nanny for a few hours every weekday. In the beginning, I felt so uncomfortable, I wasn't able to enjoy work or perform at my best. I had doubts about everything. I was so tired and stressed out, I didn’t know if I’d made the right decision, and I started feeling so so guilty.

After a few days, I began getting back on my feet, but it was still so hard to let go of being a full-time mom so I could embrace other aspects of my life. When I went back to work, this part of me felt empty. I didn't know what I wanted anymore. I felt lost and thought that nobody could help me. Then I decided to take one step at a time and accept that it would take a while for me to feel comfortable and empowered in these shoes.

For sure, there is no ready-made formula, and every mom has to find the right balance for her. I think no matter what we decide to do, guilt often comes along and prevents us from making the best choices.

I found this great article that might help (thanks to the Harvard Business Review): https://hbr.org/2020/09/how-to-let-go-of-working-mom-guilt?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=mtod_notactsubs

It helped me to get through that big first step!

What about you?

With Love 💛,

Kate

📷 Priscilla Du Preez

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