#workthatworks – Lucia’s Story
I came across Third Door when looking for a place for Tessa to go to when she was 5 months old. I was ready to go back to work and needed somewhere I could take my daughter for a few hours a week. The idea of a Nursery and a Workhub all in one is absolutely brilliant and the flexible plans they offered were amazing – I could leave Tessa in the Nursery and go upstairs and work for 2 or 3 hours uninterrupted. Also, there was no commute so I knew that if Tessa needed me (or I needed to check on Tessa) it was a matter of going down the stairs and peering through the door! It gave me a real sense of liberation to do the work I needed with the confidence that Tessa was in safe hands and I wasn’t abandoning her. As she grew and we started spending more time at Third Door those feelings changed and a sense of community and belonging appeared.
After 2 years at Third Door I wanted to do more in terms of work. I didn’t want to go back to 9-to-5 employment as I want to spend as much time as possible with Tessa whilst she is still so young so I wanted to find a worthwhile job that was fun and challenging whilst being flexible. Shazia, owner and founder of Third Door recommended I check out Digital Mums and, after giving it a great deal of thought, I embarked on the Social Media Management Course and started last October. The course has been another really strong antidote to the loneliness and cabin fever that you can get being a mother in London. It gives you a group of peers with whom you speak every week to talk about your challenges, tease out concepts and give each other strength to study, work and take care of little people.
The great thing about Digital Mums is that you can learn at whatever time is convenient for you. I can study while Tessa is at the Third Door Nursery, after when she has gone to bed, or even at 7:30 in the morning! The flexibility offered by both the Digital Mums course and Third Door means that I can organise myself how I want to and it gives me a sense of control of my life. It has been challenging but so nice to know that there are institutions out there that can give you with the flexibility you need to do what you want to do after becoming a mother.
I am about to start my campaign for Studio Cwtch, an Interior Architect company in Bristol, in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait to see how it progresses. The great thing is that I have Third Door to go to where I know there will be silence, no laundry to sort and the peaceful feeling that Tessa is having a great time with her friends.