Ok before I get started, I want to say … to all of you mamas out there who live in Canada and who aren’t self-employed … you are sooo lucky to get the option of an 18-month Maternity leave!!! I know this is super rare, I think the US gets 3 months?? Being a Canadian is AMAZING for that!! Unless of course, you own your own business!! LOL!! Then, you get about 18 hours off!! Hahaha, I kid, I kid. I am taking SOME time off, but I often fantasize with my girlfriends who have such a nice break with their new babes!
This time around I will only have about 6 weeks maternity leave as I’m under contract with Love It Or List It and the season is already signed and secured (this was the same with Leo!). Which means that the network has obligations that need to be met and if I took time off that would mean the entire crew would also have to take time off, and this would affect air time, network schedule, the works. It’s complicated to explain but it’s just the way it is. And then, of course, what would happen to Team Jilly??? I can’t risk losing my girls!!! LOL!! While I SO wish I could have more time off I’m grateful for the position with LIOLI and having my own business so I’ll “suck it up” and look forward to next summer! The season should be wrapped by June or July and it’s my “intention” to then take a BIG break to spend with the kids before they go to Kindergarten … now THAT is exciting!!!
Now, 6 weeks is STILL 6 weeks and the last time I “vacated” work for that long was with Leo! A lot has changed since then and we’ve been preparing like crazy to make sure everything is organized and in order before I take that time off. I plan to REALLY slow down during this time so that I can bond with my new babe, rest my body and be there for Leo (and Justin! LOL). I’ll be less stressed knowing everything is taken care of and I’ll be less inclined to check emails when I’m supposed to be taking time off! When I had Leo I was checking emails from my HOSPITAL BED! How crazy is that?!
I honestly think this will be such an amazing break for me because lately, I feel like I’ve been way TOO connected! From texts to emails to Instagram messages, I have been all over the map! So, before I take off on my mat leave I plan to get as caught up as I can on all of my emails, my goal is to have my inbox at 50 or less unread messages before baby comes and then once baby girl is born, I’m going to try and avoid checking emails for 2 weeks! It’s all about working SMARTER not harder!
So … leading up to the baby … Team Jilly and I are sitting down and going over all of our to-do’s and outstanding items so they know exactly what needs to be done before I’m off the grid and what they need to be working on while I’m away!
We already have monthly team meetings at my house where all four of us hunker down and review what went well and what didn’t go so well, in addition to what we have coming down the pipeline and it also gives us the opportunity to discuss any opportunities coming up that we want to explore further.
When we break for lunch we typically find ourselves, checking emails, editing blogs, etc. which means there are four laptops hooked up to my wifi and I’m pretty sure if you looked close enough you would see steam coming off of our keyboards! LOL!
I honestly don’t know how we would pull all of this off here and run this business without a solid network connection that is FAST (thank you, Telus!! LOL)!! It means Justin and Leo can be streaming Baby Shark, Mackenzie can be uploading photos from a shoot, Shay can be video-conferencing a client, Mindy can be editing a blog post, and I can be approving additional blogs and proving feedback ALL at the same time, with no lag!
Before we went with TELUS’ Internet 300 our connection was slower and we weren’t able to pull all of this off as smoothly as we can now. My home is basically the girls office at least once a week so I had to make sure we were able to work as efficiently as possible … and more importantly, once our new baby is here it’s so important that I’m able to stay home with her and Leo and still be able to tackle some work when I’m feeling energized to do so! LOL!
We have been working so hard lately, making sure that we have content lined up for the blog, we’ve already shot a ton of photos that we can use while I’m MIA and we plan on completing our yearly reviews prior to me leaving as well so Team Jilly feels knowledgeable, secure and up to date!
We’re also trying out something SUPER exciting this time around. I’ve asked each of the girls to take over my blog while I’m off!! Shay, Mindy, and Mackenzie will each be writing blog posts that will highlight their specific roles on Team Jilly along with topics that they’re most passionate about!
I’m so confident and excited to step away for a little bit and let them take the lead. I’m certain things will run smoothly and it’ll be fun to sit back and check up on what they share with you!! If you have any specific topics you would like to see them cover, make sure to share your ideas in the comments section below!
There you have it! That’s the game plan as of right now … I’m sure you will start to hear less and less from me once we get closer to the arrival of our baby girl but I’ll make sure the girls know they can share updates with you as they roll out!
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