The clock reads 3:30am. My hips are aching and I’m absolutely wired. Sleep is not in the cards, so I quietly prop up my pillows and hoist myself (and my enormous bump) into an upright position, trying not to disturb my husband’s restful slumber. I pull out my phone and start pinning crockpot freezer meals and surfing box-store websites for a deal on a chest freezer – because I’m wondering how on earth I am going to feed my family once baby #2 arrives. I am in full-on nesting mode, even in the middle of the night.
I don’t know what it is, but by the time I reach about 36 weeks pregnant I need to be ready for baby, yesterday. All the things need to happen, all at once. Even though I’ve slowly been laying the groundwork throughout this pregnancy for the change ahead, I’ve been swept up in the details as baby’s due date approaches.
The thing is, there will still be things to do once baby arrives, so I can either choose to go into overdrive with the time left or take a more balanced approach, accomplishing a few key activities and then taking time to rest and have faith that the details will all find their place. Prioritization is a busy mom’s best friend.
Here’s how I’ve been focusing my time and energy on my Career Wellness in the final weeks of pregnancy:
I’ve taken some time to check in on my Career Authenticity by reflecting on my upcoming first year in business. I’ve reviewed my goals, values and motivations for starting Shift Career Coaching. Through client feedback I know I’m on track with staying true to my vision.
Self-care has been a main priority in these remaining weeks, which I’ve been pursuing by taking prenatal yoga classes, prenatal massage, and working with my doulas to prepare for labour. When I take the time to care for myself, I’m much more productive with the time I have to dedicate to my business and clients.
I’ve worked on organizing my Support Network for the transition ahead. In particular we’ve transitioned our family from daycare to an amazing part-time nanny who is able to support our young family. This was a huge weight off my shoulders, knowing I’ll continue to have the space I need to focus on my business goals and continue working with my clients. In these remaining weeks I’ve been focused on making sure everyone – both our nanny and our family – is happy with the new arrangement.
I’ve had to accept that some business goals will need to be picked up once I’m back from my hiatus. Setting boundaries on work through prioritization and Time Management has given me the space I need to care for myself and have time with my family. I’ve made peace with moving some activities from my ‘To Do’ list to my ‘For the Future’ list.
I made a plan for my Career Vision to guide me through this next year, welcoming a new baby into our family while continuing to take my business into its second year of operation. I’m excited to share with you the plans I have for Shift, but that will come when the time is right!
And I’ve also been preparing a few freezer meals. But only when it strikes my fancy.
This is my last post in my Babies and a Business series before I go from bump to baby. I can’t wait to introduce you to our new little one when I write again. Until then, may you have ease in setting your own priorities to enjoy the remainder of summer. Thanks for following along!