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Dear Daisy, It is your first day at school...

A new start...

Before having Daisy I was very ambitious and worked really hard to get to where I did in my career. I was a national account manager in the retail world for a grocery brand, I've been in the industry for many many years, probably 10 thinking about it!!

 When I was pregnant and planning my maternity I thought I'll have four months off and go back, not so much for the career anymore but because we had become used to the money coming in. However as soon as Daisy came into my world I have put it back and then back again. I just want to spend all my time with her and not miss anything, all completely normal I'm sure.

It's now got to a point where I had to make a decision to go back and set a date. I had a love - hate relationship with my job, I loved my customers and the team I worked with but the over nights and travelling just didn't appeal to me now I've got a little flower at home. I want to be the one to put her to bed after a snuggly bath at night and get those first smiles in a morning. The thought of missing these things made me feel physically sick. 

So... A change is coming!! I have finally handed my notice in at work and am not going back. I have a new job to start next month which is hopefully more flexible, less days and more adaptable around the family. Sadly I'm in an industry where travel will always be needed but hopefully this role will be more of a happy medium. 

I think money is important, yes it makes the world go round and allows us to do certain things and be materialistic to an extent. But, it's not everything. I'll never be able to buy this time back again so I want to make the most of it! 

Has anyone else done anything similar?

Lots of love,
Hayley xxx


  1. Go you!!! So great that you're doing what's best for you and Daisy. Huge congratulations on the new job, best of luck to you.


  2. Well done you!! i'd love to go back to my job in London but can't after moving aways o have to start job hunting in January. EEEK! It's so hard though. I'm probably going to go full time and the thought of missing those good morning smiles etc makes me so sad xx

    1. How long will you have had off? It's very sad isn't it :( oh to be millionaires xx

  3. well done, Hayley.

    It can't have been easy to make that decision but we have to do whatever is right for us/our family. I've taken a full year's maternity leave, and honestly? I can't see me going back. I will most likely be a sahm. I spent 10 years looking after other people's children and now I have my own baby I only want to be with her. Here's to the your new beginning. I wish you the best of luck! :) xx

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    1. If I could be a SAHM then I would for sure! So you really should xxxx

  4. Well done you Hun! Congrats on the new job, it'll be lovely being flexible and being able to enjoy time with your little babe.

    I've booked a year off work, and can't imagine what it'll be like going back! It'll all come round far too quickly xx

  5. Well done, it must have been a really tough choice to make and good luck in your new job x

  6. Hi Hayley, Making these decisions are so tough aren't they! I had to make a decision that was sort of similar... and have done a post on it here: http://songssillinessandsuch.co.uk/2014/11/coming-to-terms-with-the-mummy-crisis/ Well done on going with your heart and best of luck with your next job xx