Welcome to Meet the Working Mum Interview. Today we meet Lyndsey O’Halloran. Lyndsey work so art time in a local supermarket as well as running her blog Me, Him, the Dog & a Baby.
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An intro and a little bit about you, your family and where you live.
Hi my name is Lyndsey and you can follow me on my blog where you can read all about our adventures in Middle of Nowhere, Norfolk and everything to do with the whole family, pets included.
What do you do for a job? Is it what you have always wanted to do?
At the minute I work in a supermarket three evenings a week. I’m not actually sure if I’m allowed to say which one or not as they have a strict social media policy. I work on the counters department which covers pizzas/ hot food, delicatessen and meat/ fish counter. I only started at the end of September though so I only work on one department at the moment.
This definitely is not the job I have always wanted to do. Before this, I was the manager of a soft play area and bowling alley but that wasn’t what I wanted to do either!
What was your motivation to return to work?
My paid maternity leave was coming to an end and I had to decide if I wanted to return to the job I had then, which was full time. I didn’t really want to go back but I also wasn’t looking for another job either. Where I work now is a 2 minute walk from my house and I saw my job advertised in store. The hours were perfect for me so I just applyed! Unfortunately, the motivation to go back to work was money.
How many hours do you work a week?
I only work three shifts a week from 5:30 to 9:30 each day so 12 hours in total. I initially really wanted a job that paid at least as much as maternity pay but I don’t quite make that. Hours that are better suited and a bit less pay was worth it!
Do you have to travel far from where you live to where you work?
Luckily, I don’t really travel anywhere at all. In order to get to work I leave my house, turn the corner, walk down a street and down some steps and then I’m there. I leave 10 minutes before my shift starts which gives me plenty of time to clock in and change my shoes!
What do you do for childcare? Does this work for you?
John and I have no childcare whatsoever. My family live in Grimsby and London while we live in Norfolk and we don’t really see John’s family. Erin isn’t old enough for the nurseries here nor can we afford it without funding right now. This is why my job is so perfect. John gets home from work at 5 and I leave for work 20 minutes later. Erin spending time with her Dad is the best childcare I could ever ask for.
What do you like about being a working mum?
I absolutely love having some adult conversation and not singing about something really silly all day long. It’s nice to remember that there is life outside of children.
What don’t you like about being a working mum?
I miss Erin like crazy when I’m at work. The first thing I do when I get home is go upstairs and sneak into her bedroom to see her.
What would you change? Hours you work, commute you have to make etc.
I would actually probably work 1 more evening a week if I could. While this would make it so I had a bit less time for blogging, it would put us in a better place financially because of secured extra money every month.
What three tips would you pass onto a mum about to start back at work?
Don’t go back to a job you hate because you think you have to. I would have been absolutely miserable had I gone back to my old job. My new job might not be perfect but I love the people I work with. They’re so much fun and I always have a laugh with them.
For fun show us a picture of your work handbag – what make is it and what’s the most unworkable thing in it I.e. Kids hair accessories, toy cars etc.
I don’t actually take a bag with me to work! As I live so close and I don’t get breaks or anything, I don’t need to take much with me. However, this is the contents of my work jacket pockets!
Thank you so much for taking part in the Meet the Mum interview series Lyndsey. It sounds like you have found a really nice balance for your family. And like you say, spending time with family is just as important as earning a little bit more money.
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