It's so easy in life to be constantly chasing dreams, and believe me, I'm a big believer in dreaming big, working hard, and simply going for 'it' whatever 'it' might be, but recently I've had a little shift in thinking...
Gillene Butterfield is an Opera Singer, who works full time for Opera North. She became a Mum in September 2014 and lives in Leeds with her husband Nick, who is also a singer. Gillene returned to work in March this year after her maternity leave, to take on the lead role of Julie Jordan in the revival of Carousel (13-23rd May) at the Grand Theatre Leeds and on tour.
People keep referring to me (kindly) as Superwoman (if only I looked that good in lycra-wait-a-minute who my kidding, I'd NEVER wear lycra) but truth be told, I'm asked quite a bit 'How do you do it?' so I thought I'd blog exactly how!
How do you do it? Do you find you're asked that a lot too? As in how do you work and raise a young family? Are you a superwoman or something?!
If there wasn't enough anxiety-filled pressure when you're pregnant (big bump, little bump, too much weight, not enough) once you pop that baby out or have him airlifted as I did twice, first an emergency, second an elective (the latter a whole other set of pressures, of which I ignored wholeheartedly) you are quickly, at least with first baby anointed with parenting pressures.
Motherhood+work=juggle. It's not brain surgery...unless you're actually a brain surgeon with children that is.
Family time! You know what they say, "You want something done, give it to a busy person" and that person is usually me...and I love to be busy. I'm so lucky that I'm able to keep up the juggling act of kids ...
Hazel Davis is a freelance writer living in beautiful West Yorkshire with her partner Bob and daughters Clementine and Gilda, 19 months and three months respectively. Hazel writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Billboard and more.