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Taking a full year of maternity leave

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I wrote a post a couple of months back about how it was getting to the time when I need to start looking for a job for when my nine months of paid maternity leave comes to an end. We know that we don't need me to work full time anymore but I do need a steady income to make sure that I can cover some of the housely outgoings each month.

The job I am on maternity leave from is in no way family friendly as there is quite a bit of travelling involved and the commute is a fair distance. I was always late for work when I only had one child and come September, Zach will be in school (aaaargh) which makes everything even more complicated! So I started having a look around to see what there was available and crying inside about how it was all happening far too quickly. I mean, I swear that Oscar was only born weeks ago but he is now six months old. The end of May was speeding along and I wasn't happy about it! 

I have been earning from my blog for a while now, bits and pieces here and there, and the majority of it has been put into my savings account. I have spent some of it on the blog for conferences, a laptop, a camera and when I have made these purchases, I have always checked whether there is a voucher code website doing any special deals to make sure I am paying the lowest price, as then I know I am saving the most money that I can. And so I had quite a healthy pot of money that I actually didn't know what I was going to do with. 

Then one day, I was perusing through one of the many blogging Facebook groups that I am a member of and someone mentioned that every penny they made from their blog was going towards being able to take a full year of maternity leave – to see them through those last unpaid three months. Suddenly I had the same plan! I didn't quite have enough money though so at that point it was still very much a dream. 

Then January happened. It was my most successful month of blogging yet and I suddenly had a bigger pot of money. It was time to mention my plans to the other half. 

So, if I wanted to stay off for the whole year, would I basically have to cover what my maternity pay currently pays me?

The answer was yes. 

And I was almost there. I had a little bit to go until I had enough money to see us through those three months.

And I've done it.

I just got paid for a couple of posts and I have hit my target. I can cover those unpaid months and I can now take the whole year of maternity. It gives me extra time to earn more money, extra time to think about what I need to do and extra time to make my plans. And of course, it gives me extra time with my two gorgeous boys.

My maternity leave officially ends at the end of August which means I get to be at home with the two of them through the whole of summer -something I really didn't think I would get to do. It also means I get to spend all of that precious time with Zach that I have before he starts his school adventure in September. 

I am so proud of myself, and of this little blog, my little corner of the internet, providing me with such a wonderful opportunity. And fingers crossed it just keeps going! 

 

 

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33 Comments

  • Reply Hannah Budding Smiles

    Well done lovely, you deserve that extra time with your gorgeous boys and I hope you love every minute!xx

    March 17, 2017 at 9:07 am
  • Reply Big trouble in little nappies

    Great news and a massive well done you! Hard work paying off

    March 17, 2017 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Mrs U

    YAY!!!!!  Hard work does pay off!!!  

    Thank you for visiting my blog!!

     

    His,

    Mrs U

    March 20, 2017 at 1:05 am
  • Reply RachelSwirl

    Well done to you, I am so glad that you get to extend your maternity as I feel it is so important!

    March 20, 2017 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Helen Reynolds

    Congrats! Being able to stay at home with your kids is the best! 

    March 21, 2017 at 6:37 am
  • Reply Claire - Life, Love and Dirty Dishes

    Well done Lisa, That's amazing.  You never know you might earn enough in the next few months to keep you going for another three after that. Thanks for hosting #TwinklyTuesday

    March 21, 2017 at 6:39 am
  • Reply Wendy

    Yay, so happy to read this. Congratulations Lisa, hard work does pay off. Enjoy your extended maternity leave xx #twinklyTuesday 

    March 21, 2017 at 6:42 am
  • Reply Fran Back With a Bump

    That's really good and fab blogging allowed you to take longer off. Thank you for hosting #twinklytuesday x

    March 21, 2017 at 6:43 am
  • Reply Kiri

    That's great news! Good luck in your job search – or getting enough work from your blog that you can put off the job search for even longer! I have a 50 mile drive each way to work, can take up to 1hr 30 each way and long commutes are definitely not family friendly #TwinklyTuesday 

    March 21, 2017 at 6:48 am
  • Reply Chloe

    Hi, that's great news and well deserved. Enjoy your summer holidays now / extended maternity leave, Chloe #TwinklyTuesday

    March 21, 2017 at 6:58 am
  • Reply Kamsin

    Well done you! My dream situation would be making enough money from my blog to not have to do other things! #twinklytuesday

    March 21, 2017 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Kerry

    That's amazing, well done you! It's amazing what you can achieve when you have kids…we couldn't afford the extortionate nursery fees so it meant that when I did go back to work we were actually losing money! I quit altogether and started my own soft play hire business which works around Molly. If I can eventually start making money blogging then it will be even better. Enjoy your year off! #TwinklyTuesday

    March 21, 2017 at 7:29 am
  • Reply Italian Belly

    I'm so happy that you achieved your goals through your hardwork on your blog. It must feel so rewarding. I'm striving to do the same thing but for now my blog is still a cost rather than a source of income. Keep up the great work!#twinklytuesday

    March 21, 2017 at 7:52 am
  • Reply Briony

    Yey!! I'm so pleased for you. Having that full year will be lovely and those few extra months really do make a difference. Enjoy it #TwinklyTuesday

    March 21, 2017 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Karen - The Allergy Mum

    I'm genuinely so happy for you, well done. I had 11 months with L and it was wonderful, and now I do 3 days and it feels just about perfect. I dream of the day I make any sort of money from my blog, having just started on the blogging journey. 

    In my day job I've just published research on gender in marketing which you might find interesting in light of the challenges you mention with Zach starting school, your commute etc. I'll tweet you a link. x

    #TwinklyTuesday

    March 21, 2017 at 9:15 am
  • Reply five little doves

    That's great news, and well done you!! I was very fortunate that I did not go back to work after I had the youngest three, I was pregnant three months after each baby so it wasn't even possible, but I can't imagine how it feels to worry about maternity pay and feeling the pressure to return to work. Enjoy the rest of your maternity leave! #TwinklyTuesday

    March 21, 2017 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Nichole Goodland

    That is amazing. Well done. I never went back to work after Maternity Leave the first time because it was too far away and I was already a few months pregnant with baby number 2. We are lucky that hubby's salary just about covers all expenses, but I do have to look daily for ways we can save in order for me to still be at home. 

    #twinklytuesday

    March 21, 2017 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Andrea @ Topsy Turvy Tribe

    Yeah! Well done! It really is precious time that we will never get back,  enjoy every minute of being with your boys #twinklytuesday

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    March 21, 2017 at 10:46 am
  • Reply MomOfTwoLittleGirls

    That is so awesome! Congratulations. I really need to sort out some paid blogging posts for myself. It's not something I'm actively pursuing right now, but you have inspired me. 

    #twinklytuesday 

    March 21, 2017 at 11:22 am
  • Reply The Mummy Diaries

    Well done, I hated coming back to work after my maternity finished 9 months just goes no where. Hopefully your blogging work can cover you full time and you wont have to find another job #TwinklyTuesday

    March 21, 2017 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Tubbs

    Gosh, I'm so pleased for you!  That's fantastic news.  Hope the work keeps on coming.  

    March 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply kristin mccarthy

    Awesome!  Way to make this work for you mama!

     

    #twinklytues

    March 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Sarah - Arthurwears

    Amazing and well done to you! It is so daunting trying to plan finances around children and schedules etc. I couldn't make it work with my teaching job (both financially and time wise) so I didn't go back and ended up nannying instead and my son came with me. I've just finished that and I'm pregnant with the next baby, I'd love to get my blog to the level where I can cover a few outgoings and have a full year off this time x #twinklytuesday 

    March 21, 2017 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Becki Parsons

    Ah well done 🙂 I hope you enjoy your extra time with your boys 🙂

    March 21, 2017 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    You are so lucky!

    Well done on making it work!

    Lx

    #TwinklyTuesday

    March 21, 2017 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Toni | Gym Bunny Mummy

    That's fab, so glad you get to have the extra time off you want with the boys. You shoud be really proud of yourself xx #TwinklyTueday

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    March 21, 2017 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Jaki

    Knowing how much I struggled to go back after I had the Little Man, I am so pleased for you. What a relief for you and how exciting to be home for all of that extra time! Good for you. Enjoy it. #TwinklyTuesday

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    March 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply ohmummymia

    well done! hard work pays off! hope to get the same;p

    #TwinklyTuesday

    March 21, 2017 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Pearl - MiraculousMums

    Congratulations, that is quite the achievement!!! You should be very proud of what you have accomplished for yourself and your family. An extra mothers day bucks fizz for you me thinks! 🙂

    #Twinklytuesday (struggling to get the badge to work by the way, but it looks like it may just be me. Will keep trying!)

    March 21, 2017 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Petite Words

    YAY! Well done you (: #twinklytuesday

    March 22, 2017 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    Well done you, so lovely to be able to have that extra time to work out what you can do xx

    March 23, 2017 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Sarah Howe

    Soooo pleased for you. You have worked hard and deserve those months off with your boys. Thanks for hosting xx

    March 23, 2017 at 7:31 pm
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