I am Mom… I am Miss Write
Written by Simone Wessels-Bloom
I glance down at the clock in the corner of my screen and see it's 9am. Time for breakfast! I get up from my (dining room) chair, step out of the garden shed, and walk the 10 meters from my home office to the kitchen. And there I spot my delicious two-and-a-half-year-old little girl playing with her nanny and her doll on the rug in the TV room. 'Holly, my baby! I love you! Would you like to have some avo toast with Mommy?'
None of my previous jobs allowed me the freedom to enjoy breakfast, a quick jump on the trampoline, or a nap time cuddle, with my daughter. And there are probably no companies now that would allow me to pop out for a swim with my little girl during work hours.
Before I had a child, being at home during the day was a novelty, something that was cool because it meant I didn't have sit in traffic, put make up on, or brush my hair. Now it's absolutely essential that I have the freedom to work where and when it suits me and my family. I'm a mom and I have a career. I want both. But I want the best of both. And no one was willing to give me that, so I made it for myself.
I used to work for a women's lifestyle magazine. I was very happy. And then, I wasn't. So, instead of being miserable and missing out on so many of my daughter's incredible moments, I decided to do something to change the way my life was going. I have extensive experience in writing and online writing, including social media management and marketing. I took my skills and experience and, instead of working for someone else and earning them money, I decided to do it for myself. They weren’t paying me for it anyway.
I found a job doing something I love: writing learning programmes for corporates. And I set up my own company called Miss Write. I have an amazing a boss (a great leader many people could emulate) who is happy to let me work for her a portion of my day, and do my own work for the rest of my time.
When I'm not writing learning programmes, I'm writing online newsletters for a variety of companies ranging from multinational automobile companies and international engineering firms, to small moms and babies groups. I write a personal blog, I blog for a communications company, and I blog for a luxury safari company.
I feel very fortunate to be able to do a job that isn't really a job because I love what I do and I'm passionate about online marketing and social media. It's such a dynamic, interesting field and I get to learn new things all the time. I’m also able to help others get better at what they do. I feel it's important for women to build each other up, and I especially love supporting and helping other moms.