In the life before the current one, the one that was not yet dedicated to rearing a tiny human, there were frequent work peaks that required lots of last-minute activity, long days and nights, frantic multi-tasking, lots of travel. A constant rush of adrenaline would carry me through to the big day, and a beautiful glowy feeling accommodated the drink (and sleep!) after.

Recently, one of these events was coming up again – and yet again, it was all there: the long hours, the rushing around, the constant vibration of the phone. Just that this time, I had the tiny human on my side. Which most of the time meant squeezing jobs tightly into nap times. Shared attention between child and phone. A lot of missed communication and catching up. A lot of “fun trips” to the office.

And unsurprisingly, I didn’t enjoy it how I used to enjoy it. I felt simultaneously like an insufficient mum and an insufficient colleague, not giving either what I wanted to give. I felt unusually…

This is only a snippet of a Happiness article written by Leni Dawson

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