Some of you might have noticed over the weekend that I changed my Instagram name to OliviaJeanette_. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ll be making some exciting changes to Corporate Catwalk over the next few months. The name change stems from wanting to better align with my everyday life and the content we are sharing both on the blog and on Instagram. Over the last year, corporate life hasn’t been a focus of mine and I haven’t posted a great deal of outfit inspiration for corporate style, which was due to the shift to more lifestyle content. While the blog’s focus will be around documenting our everyday lives here in New York City, I will still feature corporate style as it is still a part of who I am and outfits that I love to wear.
Around the time I found out I was pregnant, I decided to leave my corporate job. It was a very difficult decision as it’s what I have done for the past 8 years. I admired the company I worked for and truly enjoyed the work. However, the blog afforded me a way to step away for a while and explore my passion. Furthermore, it gave me the luxury of focusing on me and taking care of myself during my pregnancy. The day I made the decision to myself to leave, I told Matt what I was thinking and he was 100% behind me. He is the best and it allowed both of us to spend more time with each other in preparation for Sebastian’s arrival.
Now that Sebastian has arrived, I have been asked quite a bit about what’s next. Will I go back to work? If you do, will you continue to blog? When I originally started Corporate Catwalk in San Francisco, it was an outlet from my corporate job. A way for me to be creative and have an peek into the fashion world. My original plan was to start the blog as a hobby and eventually grow it into something that would give me the leverage to leave my corporate job if I got pregnant or decided to start my own company. Well, it did and I am so thankful that I decided to start and keep Corporate Catwalk going. I have loved seeing how it has evolved and excited for what’s to come. That being said, I am planning on going back to work in late spring. As much as I love being home and working full time on the blog, I do miss the corporate world and getting back to the office. It is certainly not an easy decision because I know I’m going to miss being with Sebastian all day long. As the day gets closer, who knows, I may decide to stay home. Regardless of what happens, I know we will make the right decision and will work out great.
So, as of now, the plan is to head back sometime in April. Most working Moms, I would assume go through the inner struggle of going back to work or staying home. I know those first few weeks are going to be super hard leaving Sebastian. It brings tears to my eyes right now thinking about it. I think about all the things I could potentially miss. His first steps, first word and all the funny faces he makes as he discovers the world. It is going to play in mind over and over…did I make the right decision. Till then, at least I have time to think more and perhaps change my mind.
Thanks again for all my readers who have followed my journey from the beginning. Would love to hear how other women have dealt with this question in your life. I know it’s not the easiest decision, but certainly look forward to the next chapter in my life.
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