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I do like words that have several meanings for me. As I sat down to write this week’s post, I was still unsure what I would write about.
Would I talk about how short life is, how precious and brief? How we should make the most of every minute?
Would I consider how fast my children are growing, how brief each new, exciting, wonderful stage in their lives is?
Would I have a mini rant about design briefs and clients and people changing their minds every five minutes?!
I could write about each of these things, and perhaps I will soon. But for me, as I sit here with thoughts swirling in my head, the word brief most strongly conjures images of developing ideas; working through issues and challenges to define the best solution to a given problem, the Brief, in order to move forward.
My working life was defined by the Brief. Every decision made referred back to it. Every change checked and assessed for it’s impact on the original Brief. Every argument originating from whether a solution met the Brief or not!
My job as an engineer was to meet the Brief.
My job as a Project Manager was to enforce the Brief.
My job as a mother, well…
For a long time after I made the decision to give up my job and become a stay at home mum I found it difficult to decide who I was, what I did, where I was going.
But then I realised that many of the skills I used daily in my career could be redefined in my role as a stay at home mum. I still manage projects, albeit craft ones. I still organise meetings, albeit coffees and play dates. I still communicate and analyse; I problem solve and develop solutions; I manage and guide; I create and I design.
My job as a mother is to define the Brief.
For me now, the Brief is about making the most of our days, our time together as a family. It is about deciding on our priorities. It is about ensuring that we have fun and learn and make fabulous memories; that we achieve all that we wish to; that we have the lives we deserve; that we are happy.
It’s about defining the path that we want our lives to take and being with the people that we wish to have alongside us on that path.
You can find this weeks #ThePrompt linky here. I do hope this topic inspired you; I look forward to reading your posts.