Maternity Leave Plans?

Holy pee-stick of creative opportunity

When I found out I was pregnant the creative light at the end of the career tunnel shone brightly; it’s not that I dislike my day job – I love the people I work with, and at times I feel challenged. There just isn’t much opportunity for a creative outlet, and as very creative person I often felt suffocated by numbers, spreadsheets and jargon! However, as the two lines on the pregnancy test(s) appeared as did the new opportunities they offered, and my mind buzzed with ideas… Nine months off work? I could finally start up my crafty business; make enough stock whilst Baby slept to sell online. I could write the recipe book I’ve always longed to pen! I could write the novel that’s been in the pipeline for a good few years. However, in reality I haven’t found time to do any of these things; time just disappears with a newborn, and before you know it it’s 6pm and Nick is home from work. 

I have found myself learning a new skill, and it’s one that I never thought I would be interested in, let alone get excited about: code. I have started teaching myself html for the benefit of my blog, and I’m loving it! I’ve bought myself a book so I can read in the bath (the only place I can read in peace), and I’ve finally transferred this blog to my own domain so I can really start to make it my own. I’ve decided that this is a good skill to learn as I will be able to utilise it when I go back to the day job in September, and hopefully it will open new, untapped, creative avenues that I never thought would be of interest. 

Oh, and obviously I am writing a lot, just not the novel or the recipe book! One day I’ll get round to it… 
Hannah

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6 Comments

  1. 11th March 2013 / 11:14 pm

    Hee hee, sounds just like my maternity leaves! I figured out that my problem was that I waited for opportunities to come to me rather than actively search them out. And so it was back to the day job … 🙁 PS. Hello from a fellow UEA EAS graduate!

    • 12th March 2013 / 8:16 am

      Hello fellow UEA-er!

      Oh no – well I’m definitely actively searching – it’s just finding the time! xx

  2. 15th March 2013 / 2:22 am

    Get you!! Html is something I really need to learn…can i ask what book your using? (Im on wordpress so need all the help I can find)

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