A Workaholic’s Worst Nightmare

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Pregnant Woman on ScaleIt’s safe to say that the majority of us that work in PR tend to fall into the workaholic category. I will fully admit that I am one of those. Of course, I’ve trained myself to take social media breaks, etc., but I am now about to enter new territory.

If you haven’t heard yet, I’m almost ready to deliver the next member of the PRBreakfastClub family. That means that I’ll be taking maternity leave for six weeks. SIX WEEKS! Gulp.

Now, I know having a baby is like a big deal, but not being immersed in the PR universe for six whole weeks? This concept is starting to turn into a very hard pill to swallow.

If you are a workaholic like me, when you go to sleep, you dream about work. When you’re on your way to the office, you think about work. When you watch the news, you’re always wondering how you can get your clients on it.

Anytime I envision my upcoming time away, I start to hyperventilate. I know (or so I’ve been told) that my days and nights will be filled with diapers, sponge baths, tummy time, sleepless zombie walks to Dunkin’ Donuts, etc.

However, I can’t help but stress over what I’ll be missing.  The PR industry is ever-changing and I’m afraid that when I come back, I’ll be so out of the loop. I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes, but what if you were gone for a long period of time?

What breaking news is going to happen? What new trends will emerge in the social media world? What are you going to do without my PRBC posts!?!? (I’m kidding with that last one).

Look, I get it. Work isn’t – or shouldn’t be – a person’s entire life, but when your world has been focused on it for so long, it’s difficult to imagine anything different. Don’t get me wrong, I’m freaking out about excited for this new adventure and I know the PR world will be here when I come back. Yet, my inner workaholic is in full on panic mode.

I assume the majority of these feelings stem from the fact that I am a publicist. It’s my job to know what’s going on all day, every day. While six weeks might not seem like a long time, in the PR world it translates into months.

So readers, have you been in the same position? Do you have any tips or suggestions on coping with lengthy time away?

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  • Rachel Lom

    These feelings are normal…especially before having a baby. When that baby comes out, this feeling you're having will go away. There is no way to explain it to you or convince you. You'll just have to go through it. But I promise you…once you are holding your baby, all will be OK. And by the way, at the very beginning you'll have nothing to do but sit in front of the TV holding and feeding your baby anyway. You will know the news loop by heart. Good luck!

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  • http://www.sarascarboroughgraham.com Sara Scarborough Graham

    Marie, I completely understand what you're going through. My daughter's now 18 months old, and I was convinced that I would become a dinosaur during my maternity leave. That being said, I think you might be surprised at how quickly six weeks goes by. Resist the temptation to check in, if you can. Best of luck!

  • http://www.bradmarley.com Brad Marley

    The baby will change your entire outlook on your life, work, etc.

    But if you're really worried that a maternity leave will negatively affect your career, then you're sending the wrong message to your readers, and all aspiring PR people.

  • marieveebee

    Hi Brad, thanks (?) for the comment. Actually if you read the post, it's about not being in the loop 24/7 – which is what we are used to in the world of PR. It's not about how having a baby will negatively impact my career. In fact, the majority of my PR career is dedicated to working with moms.

  • marieveebee

    Hi Brad, thanks (?) for the comment. Actually if you read the post, it's about not being in the loop 24/7 – which is what we are used to in the world of PR. It's not about how having a baby will negatively impact my career. In fact, the majority of my PR career is dedicated to working with moms.

  • marieveebee

    Thank you so much Sara! I'm sure the six weeks will FLY by, that's what I hear. I appreciate your well wishes. :)

  • marieveebee

    Thanks Rachel! I am glad to hear the feelings are normal. I'm sure once this little guy makes an appearance, I will be totally focused on him.

  • rochelleveturis

    Love this line: “When you watch the news, you’re always wondering how you can get your clients on it.” It's so true :)

    You're going to be an incredible mom Marie. Plus, you'll come back with new insights to the mommy blogger world. See? It isn't all bad.

  • marieveebee

    Aww thank you Rochelle :)

  • marieveebee

    Aww thank you Rochelle :)

  • AuroraPixi

    Can't you keep up on relevant news while at home? Just because you're not at work doesn't mean you can't know what's going on.

  • http://www.bradmarley.com Brad Marley

    Sorry. I must have misunderstood, then.