Make Them Proud 讓他們自豪

#tbtIt felt like yesterday when I decided to make the biggest decision in my professional life, to decide to take a career break and be a full time mom to stay home to take care of my daughter.  That was 4.5 years ago in her first month.  There were numerous times when I wanted to give up my seemingly enjoyable “tai tai” life with helper and a loving daughter and to go back to the workforce.   A year later, I was pregnant again with my second daughter – that pretty much confirmed another year or so without any hope to go back to the job market.

就好像昨天一様的,我作出了一生中其中一個最大的決擇,決定暫別我的工作當上一位全職媽媽。那已經是四年多前,當時女兒才一個多月大。經過無數次的掙扎,我多麼想脫離這個太太般的生活。一年後,我便第二度懷孕要迎接妹妹的來臨而沒法去考慮回到職場。

Now with both girls in half day schooling, the idea of going back to work came upon me again.  However this time the calling becomes stronger than I do not want to back to the same field of asset management – those long hours and stressful life to work for someone else is no longer appealing to me despite how I may be compensated with better remuneration.  Being a mother of two daughters now, I just would not be able to bear the high pressure working environment anymore.    I would want something more rewarding than just the momentary value, something beyond a monthly pay check and the fixed office hours.   I would want something that make my girls proud knowing that their mother is capable of doing greatest things outside of the house.

現在兩個女兒也上幼稚園了,回到工作崗位也變得容易點。但這次自己的想法有點改變了,我沒辦法再回到資產管理這種高壓力的工作。工作不單止是為了生存,而應該是為了生活。工作已經不再是9至6的。對於現在的我,工作是為了兩個女兒而我為榜樣,感到自豪媽媽能夠在家以外做到更多更棒的事。

There would be many reasons as to why a woman wants to be a momtrepreprenuer: you may want some extra income to help support the family, you may want some moments to be out of the house, you may want a life that brings you more topics other than just the kids and household chaos. No matter what, we all would have the same goal – to be the role models for our children and let them explore their own dreams.

當上創業媽媽,我們大多有不同的原因:或許你想減輕家庭上經濟負擔,或許你想找個機會出外走走,又或許你想在孩子和家庭瑣碎事情以外找多一點話題。姑勿論,我們大多應該有同一個目標:當孩子的榜樣,讓他們尋找自己的夢想。

About the contributor 投稿者檔案

Ever since she has been a mother, Lena has put aside her career and focus on her children. Although she has left her job, Lena has never given up her own dream. With the children start schooling now, she has returned but this time working for herself and helping others dreams come true.

Lena is a Canadian Hong Konger. She was previously working for a number of asset management firms and was chartered as CFA. A mother of two daughters, Lena works as a business consultant helping small business to grow.

加入媽媽行列後,Lena放下了高薪厚職專心照顧孩子。雖然只是暫別工作,但是她沒有放棄理想。現在孩子已經開始上學Lena回歸職場,但這回決定為自己拼命,為他人圓夢。

Lena為加藉港人,曾任職多間資產管理公司並擁有特許金融分析師(CFA)認可資格。現育兩女兒,當商務顧問為中小企策劃業務拓展。

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