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Taking a Time Out
Posted 5:15 PM on Mon-9-Jul-2012
No,  not the kids, but me. I'm taking a time out from work. After 2 1/2 years, I'm taking a break from work not because I'm sick or because one of my kids is sick (since I used to work from home whenever that happened) or because we're taking a family holiday.

In the past, hubby used to work from home so I worked 8:30am-5pm. February this year, he started a new job that required him to work in the office 8:30-5. Since he's the breadwinner, I asked my employer to allow me to reduce my work hours so I could be home when the kids get home from school. My employer needed me to work again 40 hours per week and I since could not, I gracefully said my employer can find a replacement for my position and I would gladly train that person.

That time has come and gone. Technically, my last day at work is still this coming Wednesday, but as I had holiday leaves left, I took them: 2 days off last week and today till Wednesday off. Thus, my last day at work was last Friday. The office threw me a going away lunch and gave me a nice potted orchid as a present (which now adorns our bathroom).

So today and the rest of the week I'm taking a time out. Time to spend with the kids while they're on holiday, relax, read books, watch episodes of  "Drop Dead Diva" from Season 1, bake, exercise, start dieting (tomorrow, I promise). A time to recharge my batteries. I will, nonetheless, also work on my CV and actively look for a new, albeit part time job.

As much as I want and need this time out, my family can't afford for me to have a long one, after all.
Posted by cherrytf

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cherrytf - 10:28 AM on Tue-10-Jul-2012  
Thanks MumBum, LIVINGLIFE, and GoMummyJo. Inadvertently, a Christchurch based marketing & communications company, just hired me to do social media and online research for them, albeit as a casual to cover a staff's 2-week sick leave. I start today. =)
GoMummyJo - 9:27 AM on Tue-10-Jul-2012  
As one door closes, another opens. Good luck.
LIVINGLIFE - 10:08 PM on Mon-9-Jul-2012  
It is a shame these days unless the main breadwinner has a high paying job then the main caregiver of children has to work hard outside the home too, it is good to hear that you put your children first and was able to hand in your notice, good luck with finding a great part time job for you and have fun relaxingf and enjoying the holidays.
MumBum - 9:53 PM on Mon-9-Jul-2012  
I have worked for years, this is the first time I have had a chance to have a decent amount of time off with my baby. With my first I was back working part time when he was 6 months old and then full time by the time he was a year old, with our second boy, I returned to work full time at 7 weeks! I am so happy that with our last baby, I am able to be at home with him and our now two year old to clean house and do all the SAHM stuff which I missed out on before.

Even though it may not be a long time for you, I just know you're going to love it!!!

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