Did I mention that I’m returning to work this month?
Well, I don’t want to go on about it but… I’m going to anyway. It’s a pretty big deal for me. It’s a pretty big deal for any working mum, I can imagine.
So I know the date I’m returning. I’ve been in contact with my manager and I’m 99% sure that at least one person will remember who I am. I’ve accepted that a complete stranger will hold my precious baby girl’s life in their hands (and her delightful nappies too!). It’s all a done deal.
The problem with my return to work
But there’s way more to consider than just the mental preparation. I’ve been working on that since the moment I cuddled up to her.
I hate to say it, but I’m ready.
My wardrobe, face, hair and life meanwhile, aren’t. I need to actually prepare my outer-self for a return to work.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’ve spent this year wearing no make up and often forgetting to brush my hair. My wardrobe has consisted mainly of tent-like ensembles under a coating of crumbs/sick/who-the-hell-knows. Basically, any hint of glamour has long since left me far behind.
The solution – becoming work-ready
But that’s going to change.
I can’t persuade grown-ups to take me seriously whilst looking like a dogs dinner. So I’m making the following adjustments:
1) Desperately scanning style inspiration on Pinterest to remember how to ‘dress’ myself again. Muted outfit tones seem to be the way to go.
2) Embarking on a fairly expensive shopping trip to pick up some smart trousers that I actually fit into (still working on those last few pounds – which seem to have settled stubbornly on my behind).
3) Finding in a few fitted jackets to make me feel all business-like again.
4) Spending another delightful sum on make-up that I’ve been promised won’t slide off my face by lunchtime. I’ve heard good things about Bare Minerals (and so far, so good) so I don’t mind parting with a little money to look a bit less dead.
5) Investing in a gym membership to shape up the aforementioned behind. OK, technically this isn’t solely for returning to work, but it all helps with the boardroom confidence. Plus, the gym (or jacuzzi) is a great stress-reliever for me.
6) Grabbing a few new accessories and hair products to try and tame the incredibly irritating wisps of broken hair around my temple. There is nothing as annoying as trying to look ‘put together’ whilst sporting an array of curly devil’s horns around your face.
7) Re-packing my handbag with brand new stationary (yay!), hand cream, healthy lunches, a small make-up kit and possibly a small photo of my darling baby girl. I’m still debating the last one in case it makes me too emotional. I’ll let you know what I decide!
So my hair, face, body and handbag are pretty much sorted. But with 2 weeks to go, I still have time to organise anything that I’ve forgotten. Which is where you, you lovely reader, come in.
In my desperation to look like a legit business-woman, have I forgotten anything important? What’s your number one tip for prepping a return to work after maternity leave?
Please let me know in the comments below!