Well it’s official, I’ve broken my annual ritual of publishing an #EditorsLetter to welcome the new year so I can sign off before taking my first-ever six week break from blogging in nearly eight years. The reason? I’m having a baby (!!) and I think a little ‘break’ is pretty well deserved in this case.
Over the past nine months, I’ve taken a lot of time to figure out how I would navigate work and the arrival of my first child–should I hire someone to replace me? Should I push through and keep working? How can I maintain publishing seven days a week in a manageable way without completely stressing out and dropping the ball?
The answer is: I can’t. And that’s okay. It took many months to make this decision and come to the realization that A. We’re not saving lives here at Edit Seven, everyone and everything will be okay if we take a little break aka a little summer holiday aka my (very) mini mat leave, and B. There’s really nothing more important than me being able to take time to concentrate and focus on taking care of and getting to know my newborn baby once she arrives.
“What are going you going to do? Can you take a mat leave?” is a very common question I’ve been asked almost daily since announcing our pregnancy. The reality is, as a self-employed small business owner, “mat leave” doesn’t exist, but, I’ve had to remind myself that I’m not the only woman out there who hasn’t been able to take a year off to be with her baby, and I certainly won’t be the last. In fact, my mom was back at work running her boutique within a week of giving birth to me, her first child.
So, while I may be working at a significantly reduced pace for the first little bit (you can still email me, just be patient with my delayed responses, please) I’m really looking forward to this new chapter and allowing myself the opportunity to fully concentrate on my biggest and most important new “job” yet.
We’ll be back up and running around mid-September. Until then, enjoy your summer!