This isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning

So, it’s the end of the road of my Digital Mums journey and I have to say it wasn’t easy; and by that I’m not talking about the course itself. There was a lot to learn and loads of things I wasn’t familiar with, but that isn’t what I found hard. What I didn’t find easy was juggling work and being a mum along with doing the course.

Saying that, the course is flexible and you can do the lessons in your own time but you do need to keep up with the weekly lessons and assignments, as you don’t want to fall too behind. Although I felt like I was chasing my tail a little during the last quarter of the course. For example, I was due to write this blog as one of last weeks assignments but I’m just getting round to it.

I work 25 hours a week and don’t have the luxury of working from home (which is one of the reasons I wanted to do this course) and I have an awesome little 5 year old who’s at school and between the school run, rushing to work, rushing back to after school clubs and getting home, making dinner, having dinner, doing homework, reading, bedtime routine, story time, spending time with my partner.

There were times when I was mentally tired and probably wasn’t at my best while going through lessons. What I didn’t find easy was realising I was time poor and with all my best intentions and time management skills there was only so much information the mind can take if you are running on empty (or mostly coffee).

Another thing I didn’t realise prior to starting the course was how much I would be on my phone. I mean, it sounds stupid when I say it but I honestly didn’t realise how often I needed to be on my phone. When I became a parent I made a conscious effort not to be ‘one of those parents’ who pays more attention to their phone than they do their children. So when I was being a mum I was not looking at my phone constantly and waited till after to bedtime to catch up with emails, WhatsApp messages etc. Well, it didn’t take long after I started my Digital Mums journey before all of that went straight out of the window, and I am looking at my phone a lot, catching up with peer group messages, looking a Twitter, Instagram and Facebook all the time. Trying to have a peer group hangout and my son asking me “Mummy, why are you talking to all those women?” Then shooing him out of the room. Not one of my proudest moments.

I did really enjoy the course and enjoyed getting to know the five wonderful women in my peer group and felt very lucky to be in a group that helped and supported one another as much possible.

I’m glad I took the plunge and enrolled on this course, I’d been thinking about if for ages and realized if I hadn’t of enrolled when I did, then I would never do it. I have learned a lot about social media and even if I don’t pass the course I have learned some valuable skills that will help me move forward in my career.

To any mums who are thinking about doing this course, take the plunge or leap. (They’ll be a lot of juggling to do but most mums are already very good at that anyway). You’ll be glad you did.