I just had my second baby. After any big moment in my life, I feel the need and urge to write down how I am feeling and reflect upon what I have done that year. I get all nostalgic…I think about what I have done so far and what I want to do. I decided to take a year leave with this baby and as I started writing in my journal and as I started writing…I decided that I would take my thoughts to a blog. I would write and share my year leave.
Welcome to entry one.
One of the things that I have spoken about publicly is around the topic of maternity leaves in Canada. In Canada women are entitled to a year. This is a huge difference from the 6 weeks that Americans are granted and I believe that this is a wonderful gift of time. A year can pass very quickly and I have decided that I am going to make this year one of the best and most meaningful years of my life. I will fill it with doing the things that I have always wanted to do and continue to do the things that I love but put some structure to it. I had my first child 2 years ago and I did not take a mat leave. I was headhunted for a role while I was just about to give birth and decided to take a condensed leave to pursue a fabulous career opportunity – this was my decision. I went back to work when my first son was just 2 months.
While the past 2 years have been incredibly intense and difficult, they were probably the most productive years of my life professionally and personally; I have learned and grown so much. This leave that I am about to embark upon is going to be very planned and deliberate, focused on all of the things that I love to do and want to do. It will include things as simple as trying new recipes, visiting places that I have not been to before in the city, meeting a friend that I have wanted to see for a long time but never made the time to, to bigger things like travel and major milestones around my thesis…and I will write about them. In preparation of this, I have decided to create themes around what I plan to do;
Here I am at 6 weeks post-delivery…coming out of my baby fog…let the adventure begin!