Ask Elizabeth: What is your plan for maternity leave as a self employed blogger?
I’ve been thinking about this question off & on in the back of my head since I saw that positive test. I have also been asked a lot by friends and family what I think this will look like for me – especially now as the days draw near. I’ve kind of put together a plan for what it all could be. I don’t feel like this is as ironed out as I want it to be but… that’s life! Also, I don’t really know how to make it more concrete. I don’t have “traditional” maternity leave that has been all mapped out in a handbook. I don’t get paid when I don’t work and I don’t get vacation days to throw at this. But that’s also part of the joy of this job.
Anyways, I need to set up some boundaries as I figure out how to be a mama. I know these first weeks / months with our little girl will be an adjustment and I want to be able to focus on her and our little family and not have to stress about work. Here is how I’m planning to do that –
I’m going to try to get some post scheduled out. I’m kinda running out of time… but the goal is to get at least one a week for a couple weeks. I’ve got some vacation posts, some fun posts, and some Ask Elizabeth’s & Thursday Links I can post. I really just need to sit down and iron them all out.
This will help me be here without being here the whole time. I may be slower to reply to comments and share on Instagram but I still want to not go radio silent.
I’m planning on setting up a Maternity Leave email responder for my email. I just want to warn people that I may be slower to answer emails/ not reply for awhile. I am going to keep this up for 12 weeks or so (the standard set by The Family and Medical Leave Act) but I’ll still try to keep on top of my emails in some way. Just not in a way that makes emails a priority over baby!
I’m going to take a break from sponsored posts. That’s how I make the majority of my money here so I don’t love the idea – haha! But I know it is what I need to do. My maternity leave won’t necessarily be paid but that is a-okay. Family always comes first over here. I still have a couple campaigns I am working on that will go live and some other ones I may say yes to depending on how I feel. But I don’t want to feel like anything needs to be a priority when I can’t make it one.
Anyways, I guess the moral of the story is that I’ll be slowing down and I ask that you be gracious with me. I’ll pop in & out as I can/ want but I hope you will also allow me some time to adjust to my new role!
I think this way more than I say it – Thanks so much for reading and following along with Oak + Oats! I’ve blogged on and off for ten years (more “on” the last couple years!) and your comments, emails, and messages mean so much to me and make this job so fulfilling. It is also just a joy to be able to share with you my life!
Samantha@Elah Tree says
So excited for you, friend! Can’t wait to see pics of your little baby!
Sarah Hynes says
Sounds like you’ve made a great plan! And we’ll be here when you get back. Just post lots of baby pics!!!
Stephanie Kirkland says
This sounds like a perfect plan. Give yourself grace and do whatever feels right!
Shanna McCann says
You are amazing and this break is well deserved! Give yourself grace and understanding that even if you change your mind about when and how you’ll come back, that that’s OKAY! You’re the boss AND the new mama, so having peace about the time you allow yourself to just be with your little girl is such a blessing! xo
Amanda | Maple Alps says
This is perfect. Take it easy and enjoy those first moments with your new little one! Nothing will be able to ever replace those moments and it looks like you have your priorities right! Can’t wait to see what you do post though! There can never be too many sweet baby photos by the way 😉
Aubry Lybbert says
This sounds like a great plan! Now that I’m on to caring for baby # 2, I can honestly say that I never regret taking time off. It’s been so necessary. I know this stage of life is a short one, and I want to try to enjoy every minute of it!
r a v v ♡ says
This sounds like a great plan Beth! This time should just be for you and your little one, so if it means taking a bit of a break, it’ll be worth it! I also didn’t have a paid maternity leave so I find ways to make a little bit of money while still be able to be present with my little girl! <3