14 January 2016

Being Back at Work.

Enjoying getting a bit dressed up for work but bugger the high heels.
Photo by Christopher Pledger for The Telegraph.

A friend of mine recently described going back to work as exhilarating.

Wow, I thought.  What a good word.  It got me wondering how I feel about it.

Relief was the first thing that sprang to mind.  It has been really quite liberating to be able to nip to the loo without anyone breaking into a fight the other side of the door, or someone wanting my attention the moment I pick up the telephone.

I've loved it. 

No-one argues, switches radio stations or moans about what is for lunch and it's the first time I have had proper, adult company for some years - sustained conversations without interruptions and no requests to wipe a bottom.

People who speak English fluently is also a bonus after having tried too many a talk with our Foreign Language Students who go home as soon as they can understand the language enough to chat.  We keep having to start all over again and it's exhausting!

Nowadays I get to sit down for a solid 5-6 hours straight and use my brain. 


Not that it's not intellectually challenging being at home with two young children.  By far the most stretched I've ever been in my life is thinking of ways to get my two boys to want to do what I want them to do, in an effort to keep friction at a minimum.  


But it's been worth it.  Now they can get themselves ready, fetch their own food and drinks and are increasingly independent generally (*sob*), we're all in a position to move on.  It's time.


You might like to know that your NHS seems to be in safe hands.  My background is in finance, so it has made sense to return to it and that's where you'll find me now - in one of their departments.  I have found the people - so far - clever, kind and competent.  They care very much about how public money is spent and patients aren't just numbers.  Although I still don't see why the man who sits next to me insists on emailing me relatively unimportant info rather than just telling me it, but that's the younger generation for you. 

Frankly, I'm glad most of them are around my age and I have felt quite at home getting dressed up a bit and popping on more make up.  


Bugger the high heels though. Those days are gone.


How do you feel about going back to work?

30 comments:

  1. Anya you look fabulous. Go you!
    I went back to work about 18 months ago, after 8 years as a SAHM, and I have to say it was almost a guilty pleasure to be back spending time with adults for a large portion of my day.
    At first I felt guilty about my boys having to go into an after-school club for a few hours on the 4 days a week that I'm at work. But they've got more confident and now see it as a normal part of school life.
    It does them no harm - and makes me a better mum as I pick them up with renewed energy and interest in their day.

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    1. Thank you Donna. Think photoshop though! Yes, it's a wrench but worth it and I am glad you are also enjoying it 😀

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  2. You look fab, Anya, and I'm glad work is going well.
    I never stopped working. I had maternity leave and then straight back to work. Finances obliged.

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    1. Thank you Sarah. That must have been a bigger wrench? You strike me as savvy and professional. My finances will take some time to recover from not going back to work sooner!

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    2. It was exhausting. The creche was fabulous so I had no qualms about leaving my son there, but I did look a wreck for most of the time. :)

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    3. I can only imagine. It takes a long time to adjust and it's not exactly natural to just head straight back to how we were before. A creche on site (?) must be the most bearable way to do it. You'd never look a wreck to the rest of us, even if you felt like one x

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  3. Anya, you look gorgeous. Congratulations!!

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  4. Well done you. Great, great photo. Look amazing

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  5. I love that pic, you look amazing Anya! So glad you're enjoying work..and that made me laugh about the emailing thing as my husband is always moaning that people don't get up out of their chair & talk to people anymore!!

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    1. Thank you Helen. I can't understand all this fuss about the photo. It's taken by a professional and all fuzzy round the edges so you can be sure I don't really look like that, as well you know, lovely! I am glad your hubby agrees. It's all a bit odd and it does save time, but it makes things very quiet. I'd rather have a chat any day, as you well know too xxx

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  6. Brilliant. And just what I needed to read! This will be a great year for you :)

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    1. Thank you Kate. Let's hope it's great for us both xx

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  7. So pleased you are enjoying it Anya, I bet you feel like you know who you are again. I love working outside the home as well as in. Mich xx

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    1. Thanks Michelle. Yes, I feel more complete and can understand why you appreciate it too xx

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  8. I so know what you mean about lodgers. Best to keep work at work and your home as your sanctuary imo. Good luck with the job. It sounds great and you look fabulous. xxxx

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    1. I am so nearly over the student situation Rachel and need my sanctuary back tbh. More hours at the office instead I think is the way forward, asap! Thanks for your good wishes and kind words xxx

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  9. Oh this is so upbeat and it seems the timing is just perfect too. I knew the right job would land on your doorstep when it and you were both ready. Start of things to come. You look great and you sound great - so very happy for you. L x

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    1. Thank you Liska. It helps to have faith and it has served me well. I am very glad to have landed here. I couldn't be happier for you with no.2 about to arrive and you starting again as well xxx

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  10. Well done to you for adjusting so seamlessly into the world of work. I worked for the NHS for 26 years and met some inspirational people during my time there. I've recently started a new job and have just been offered a second, the jury's out on whether I can juggle both roles... but I can't wait to give it a try. Good luck to you, Anya x

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    1. Thank you Izzie. It's been amazingly seamless - so well put, thank you. I was really ready and it hasn't affected the children much because I still pick them up. I've been pleasantly surprised by the camaraderie in the nhs. They're definitely special people. Can't wait to learn more about your jobs! xx

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  11. Oh, Anya, you look so RADIANT on this photo!
    Very pleased for you, good luck with the new job. :) xx
    PS: no high heels? Really? ;)

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    1. Ah thank you Katia. And yes, sorry to say I am letting the side down ;) Lovely to see you xx

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  12. Aha, was just wondering how the new job was going! Glad you're enjoying it, and yes bugger the high heels - I gave up on them a few years ago xx

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    1. Aha, indeed. I've been wondering about you too and how you're managing full time. It's such a shame about the high heels though. I have gorgeous boots that might never see the light of day again but my ankles and knees just can't cope any more! xx

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  13. Way to go lovely and you look fantastic. How is it all going? X

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    1. Thank you Susan. I remember when you went back and the feelings that came up for you. It's going great actually, thank you for asking. I'm glad I waited until the time felt right because the job feels right too xx

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  14. Well done Anya. So glad you're enjoying work. It can feel daunting, and we tend to belittle ourselves as mums, but seriously, negotiating skills and distraction tactics are never so much in force as in a mum of small children! I've learned so much about myself and my patience levels since being a mum.

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    1. Yes, it's amazing how much we can tolerate when we return!

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