Bonjour lecteurs! Time to reflect on October 2019! If I am being honest, I found Half-Term really tough, trying to juggle it all. I was physically exhausted when it was over. But now that I sit down to write my monthly highlights, I come to realise that we made so many good memories!
Red Smart Women Week
I will make sure to book my tickets again in 2020!
A Solo Trip To France
But after having all the fun with my girls, it was time to see my family. For the first time ever, I went to France as a solo parent. No Grumpy Boyfriend but just the two of us, Baba and moi.
I was a bit worried about travelling with him on my own. So I packed a very light suitcase and off we went! It didn’t start well as my train was late in Paris Nord…
Not easy to keep him busy for an hour in the gare…But we made it and it was so lovely to see Baba interacting with my family!
And he enjoyed some French goodies such as pain au chocolat and other famous pastries! 🙂
He tried un peu to speak français. And bien sûr, he got spoiled with attention and kisses!
Breast Cancer Campaign
I must say that after surviving a 3 hours journey on my own with Baba, I felt like Wonder Woman!
And together, we reached 370,000 people! More importantly, Chantelle donate £2,000 to Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign to help this cause!
Remember to check yourself, ladies! C’est super important!
Work & Fun In October 2019
The second half of the month also involved me making a Bitter Chocolate Moelleux at the stunning Langham Hotel with the gorgeous Giovanna Fletcher.
Check me out pretending I am even good at this! This event was so much fun!
But I also got to work hard! Indeed, I helped to organise the first UK Kids Around Press Day! OMG!!!
I am so excited to have achieved this. You know me, I am a huge fashionista. I keep dressing Baba in the label’s clothes so when they asked me to be involved, it was kind of insane!
The day was busy crazy but such lovely feedback from my fellow mummy bloggers!
But it was soon to be Half-Term! And as per usual, I overdid it… Silly me!
I took on many projects while I knew I would have Baba with me 24/7 that week. And let me tell you that it was a long one!
There have been a couple of tears. I just go frustrated I could not do all my work in the daytime and I was waking up at dawn and going to bed way too late to meet deadlines.
I was feeling so guilty of asking Baba to entertain himself and watch some TV.
Usually, I have a good work-life balance as a mum working from home. I have very strict boundaries so that I can manage (and enjoy!) it all. But not this time! I was physically exhausted 🙁
Hever Castle & Kew Gardens
I made the decision that next time, I will put him one day or two at the nursery. And I will not feel guilty about it.
Because I still need to work and make an income as a freelancer, holiday or not…
That being said, looking back at our pictures, the remorse is partly gone. We had some fabulous adventures with Baba and I am glad I made him the priorité!
He absolutely loved staying at Hever Castle Luxury Bed & Breakfast for Halloween!
And Kew Gardens was another succés!
So hurrah! I am not such a bad maman in the end…
It is so difficile sometimes to not feel guilty. Even if I know that I am in such a privileged position to do a job I absolutely love. La morale? I will have to pause and not take on so many projects next time!
No money is worth this worry and the pain! ‘Work Hard, Play Hard!’ they say…
It was just what I needed! And I did not even feel guilty when we did not go trick or treating.
October 2019 – Work-Life Balance
Big lesson learnt in October 2019! No work is worth feeling miserable and making yourself physically unwell!
So I am taking it a bit slowly this month. I am out on my bike and I get some fresh air. I meditate more and I switch off a bit earlier than usual.
A friend also suggested that I started pilates. Have you ever tried? How did it feel for you? I will test it this month, so wish me luck!
Thanks again for reading my monthly highlights and your lovely support!
Each time I publish those monthly highlights, it really reminds me to be grateful for what I have. And your comments are always very much appreciated!
Disclosure: This post may feature some sponsored content I recently published but it is merely a list of my highlights of the month! And a post for me to reflect and learn too!