Going back to work

back to work

On Monday morning I will be going back to work.
I will actually be styling my hair, getting out of my PJs, putting on proper shoes instead of Converse and driving to an office.
My days of working from home as a freelance social media manager will be over. I am moving onto a new chapter in my life.
I have a big smile on my face.

Truth be told, now my kids are older they just don’t need me as much any more. Well, apart from taxi duties. They really do want me for that. I could whine and moan about it, but here’s the thing: my kids are active, they want to play in matches, be with friends, hang out. There may come a day when they don’t want to do any of that and that day will make me sad, so I’m going to go on facilitating those things in the hope that it will stick for as long as possible. Even after a day at work.

But back to me. I’m bored. Bored of discussing last night’s ‘must see’ TV with myself. Sure I can get caught up in a heated debate on Twitter about it, but it’s not the same. It’s just not. I want to see faces. I want to hear that little sharp intake of breath because something happened that no one saw coming.
I want to be in a tea-making pool and get grumpy when one of them doesn’t make my builders tea properly.
I want to stop sitting at my desk and working in my PJs because there is absolutely no reason to brush my hair or put any make up on until 2.30pm when I have a Skype call.
I want to leave work at the office and not the office at home which I can easily “just pop into and do half an hour of stuff” which is never ever ever half and hour.
And here’s the main thing I want to stop; my kids seeing me sat at my computer and sighing “you’re ALWAYS in your office mum”. I hate that. I know it shows a good work ethic but I want home time to be family time and I seem to have lost that somewhere along the way.

No. I’ve done the work from home thing. I’ve loved it; loved every minute of it. Loved working from the garden when the sun is out and the sound of birdsong as my accompaniment. Loved being able to pop to school to watch Dan’s cricket match. Loved being able to choose my working hours, and sit at my desk in my slippers and a new hairstyle I tried and failed miserably at but kept it in any way because, well, who cares?
It’s time to move on and stop eating all the chocolate digestives in the biscuit tin.

And so from Monday I will be starting a fabulous job at an amazing university where I basically get to chat on social media and take photos of the grounds and the goings on AND get to sit in an office with other mothers, hipsters, regular twenty somethings, new dads, older dads, recent graduates, old timers. And me. Little ole me. Mixing with people again.
And I could not be happier about it.

Wish me luck dear readers.

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71 Responses to Going back to work

  1. Notmyyearoff says:

    Good luck in this next chapter in your life. You will be awesome at it no doubt and I hope it brings you lots of new much wanted adventures 🙂 x
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  2. Nickie says:

    Sounds interesting!! Good luck with it all – although I’m sure you don’t need it 🙂
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  3. Jean says:

    Good luck Tara, sounds like you are ready for the change x

  4. Good Luck, GOOD LUCK my friend! How exciting!
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  5. You’ll be fabulous and it’ll be brilliant – isn’t it great how life evolves
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  6. I’m so excited for you this is amazing news! Good luck Tara Lara x
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  7. Oh my God – you’re going to have an ACTUAL lunch break, and an ACTUAL home time where you get to ACTUALLY stop working.

    How bloody amazing!! *looks impressed, and a little wistful*
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  8. KAREN JONES says:

    Sounds like a great job Tara. I hope its all you want it to be xx

    I must admit, going back to work 9 – 5, five days a week has been a struggle for me. I miss the freedom of fitting my work in around my children and home life.
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  9. Congratulations! Enjoy, and please report back what the real world looks like these days please 🙂 *20yrs as a WAHM (unwashed and unmade up) face*
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  10. Wow, good luck! How exciting. I can’t imagine going back, but I’ve only been freelance for a year, so maybe one day I’ll get the urge to interact with living, breathing humans too!
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  11. Wishing you all the luck – Big brave, grown up decision – Bet you are so excited and wondering where those baby years disappeared to x
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  12. Libby Price says:

    Good luck – I am sure you will be fabulous!!
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  13. English Mum says:

    Wrll done my fabulous friend. They’re so lucky to have someone so talented joining them and I know you’ll be amazing. Go TC xx

  14. All the best Tara. I’m sure you will love it, my last job (beofre working at home) was at a Uni and I was there for 10 years, it was fabulous and if I had not of moved 100 miles away I’d still be there. Mich x
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  15. MummyWrites says:

    I totally understand your reasons. I need to work at home while my kids are little and I do factor in clear work days but I would love to switch off like my hubby does. I also miss seeing adults and chatting over tea. Good luck it sounds wonderful!

  16. How exciting, good luck! (You won’t need it though) x

  17. Suzanne says:

    Wow Tara, a new chapter in your life, how very exciting. Wishing you all the best. I hope you won’t forget the little people!
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  18. Marianne says:

    Very best of luck to you for tomorrow and always xx

  19. Karin Joyce says:

    Wow Tara! How exciting! Well done you. There comes a time when we all need a new challenge. You will be amazing. Best of luck, not that you need it!

    Karin xx
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    • Tara Cain says:

      Thanks Karin. It was just my time. I’ve devoted a lot of time and attention to my kids, now it’s time to think about me some more – although I did think about they all day long 🙂
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  20. jfb57 says:

    How exciting! I’m looking for a new adventure so will share in your adventure which I’m sure will be fabulous!!

  21. Parallel lives! I start my new job tomorrow too! Here’s to both being new girls tomorrow xx
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  22. Glenda says:

    Ist day of June for 2015 and you start a new chapter in your life. You are a truly inspirational lady and I wish you a most enjoyable new adventure x

  23. Lisa says:

    Good Luck!
    I started blogging after going back to (non-work-from-home) work. I’ve always worked, but strangely, both mummy friends and previous work friends, didn’t seem to value my work from home status. Although my salary is now lower, it’s great to get paid for (nearly) all the hours I actually work and have annual leave!
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  24. TheBoyandMe says:

    Oh how exciting! As much as I moan about working and wish I was at home with my son, if truth be told I think I’d get bored (mainly because he’d be in school anyway!) and crave adult company. I hope it meets your expectations and good luck!
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  25. Becky says:

    best of luck Tara! (whispers I feel my blogging journey starting to get old too)
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  26. How exciting, good luck Tara! X
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  27. You won’t need luck: it sounds like this job was made for you. All those years of working from home and living social media make you the perfect fit. Enjoy every moment of your new grown-up life! I hope to follow in your footsteps one day when my girls are bigger…
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  28. Mwa says:

    Oooh good luck! It sounds very exciting and wonderful.
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  29. Sarah says:

    Oh wow! That sounds a wonderful job and I’m so excited for you! Congratulations and all the very, very best x
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  30. Good luck Tara! Gosh I remember the day you gave up your job at the paper. Seems like yesterday x
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  31. Good luck! Think you are going to love it (and they you!) x
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  32. So excited for you! Hope it goes/went really well and hope you got lots of good gossip at the coffee machine xx

  33. Congratulations! I just saw your Facebook status and your latest comment that your first day was fabulous! I’m glad it went well. Just think – you’re back in the world of bringing in cakes for colleagues birthdays!! I remember that!
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  34. LauraCYMFT says:

    Best of luck in your new job! I’m sure you will be fantastic!
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  35. Absolutely brilliant! What an exciting new adventure for you. I am almost 2-years in to my working from home life and not planning on giving it up yet, but as soon as my son starts secondary school, I’ll definitely have a rethink. I know I’ll be ready then too. Congratulations on your new role. Make it your own and SHINE! xx
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  36. Coombe Mill - Fiona says:

    It sounds perfect Tara and you will be brilliant there. You don’t need the luck but I wish you every success and hope you still have time to say Hi on twitter xx
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  37. Hope your first day went well. Nerve racking but exciting at the same time. Hate starting a new job. Hope it brings you all that you wish for and it makes for a better family life at home, it will be nice to have clear differences for you and your family.
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  38. Oh gosh, what a huge change. How exciting! I hope you first day went really well. I’ve only been out of the office for two years and it seems like a lifetime ago. It must have felt so strange for you, this morning x
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  39. Mel says:

    That’s fab news, Tara! It really sounds like you were well and truly ready for this new chapter in your life. I bet you loved your first day.
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  40. Ian says:

    Sounds fantastic Tara.

    A new exciting chapter that will be better for all your family. Who. it is abundantly clear, always come first. One of the many reasons I like you so much.

    Good luck with the first tea making fall out, be sure to set them straight early doors!

  41. corinne says:

    How exciting! I hope you love your new job, it sounds like you’re ready for the change. Xx

  42. Kate Takes 5 says:

    Sounds wonderful! I hope the first day went well and best of luck for the rest of the week 🙂

  43. oooh how exciting! It sounds like you’re so ready for the next chapter Tara and I hope you love it! Good luck Hun! (Not that you’ll need it) 😉
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  44. Lauranne says:

    Hope it went well – I would say thinking about you, but that’s a little late. Sorry not to come back to any of the comments you have made back to me – I hadn’t seen any responses and then suddenly I have found them all, on a website (I have to admit to being a little freaked!)
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  45. What a fantastic news! We will be missing you, but wishing you all the best xxx

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