I spent much of the last week working on the huge Close5/Parent Connection Family Swap Meet. Were you one of our 350 vendors or 2,000 buyers???
When I gave birth to Mallory 9 years ago, I knew I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but the transition from working woman to domestic goddess was a lot more difficult than I expected. It took a good 6 months to get used to my new reality, and what helped me during that time of change was meeting other new moms through the Parent Connection and then signing on as volunteer to help plan and promote the group’s fun events.
You may have heard me talk about how the Parent Connection introduced me to some of my (now) best friends when our babies were just months old. But I bet I never told you that it was through my volunteer position as marketing director that I was inspired to create the Mom’s Guide to San Diego 7 years ago. And because of the guide, I’ve become involved with several wonderful companies, most recently Close5.
Earlier today while I was trying to decide what to blog about I saw a Facebook thread about how difficult it is to be a new mom who works. I wanted to say to all of those women who sounded lost and confused to be patient. It is very difficult to add a baby to your life and try to continue to be the same woman you were before. Sometimes your friendships change, usually your lifestyle changes and for some of us, our careers are completely put on hold.
It’s pretty scary to be out of the workforce and unsure of how that time away will affect your career future. But there are ways you can keep your toe in the water, so to speak, and keep your sanity. For me it was by volunteering my time for an organization I felt passionate about and doing small, manageable projects from home like starting this website.
Last weekend at the Close5/Parent Connection Family Swap Meet I was able to marry my love for the Parent Connection with my dream job as community manager for Close5. If you’re a new mom worrying about what will happen if you stay at home with your babies, I encourage you to use your talents in a volunteer position during this time. You will keep your skills fresh and make important business contacts that will come in handy when you (if) you decide to jump back into the working world.
The Parent Connection is always looking for talented ladies to join our board. If interested, please feel free to contact me at SanDiegoMom@hotmail.com. 🙂