Welcome to The Modern Home Economist.
So a little about me.
I am a newlywed wife who adores the more traditional female roles in a home. I absolutely love:
- the cooking (especially baking – the obsession with flour started at a young age when my grandmother would give me flour and water to play with which would always morph into a batch of, rather bland, biscuits)
- performing domestic duties (being a proficient cleaner gives me great joy)
- styling the home (through little tweaks of décor)
- working on my hand-crafts (particularly the quilts and knits – I truly adore the process and ritual of making a quilt just as I love casting a row on my knitting needles to begin a woolly delight)
- creating a cosy environment The Hubby and I look forward to coming home to
Although fresh from the honeymoon I already adore all the new responsibilities I have had to take on as wife. Along with my wedding come a new home (previously I was living with my parents) and a whole new set of home duties to busy myself with. And so far, as an inherent nester and nurturer, I am loving it all!
Yet being a somewhat modern woman of the 21st Century I feel a sense of responsibility to my professional self and a need to contribute to my family’s finances. Being in my early twenties I have a sense of obligation towards utilising the degrees I studied so hard for and also providing stability for a secure future financially. I hold a double degree in Arts and Commerce, my majors being Arabic, Islamic Studies, History, Finance and Economics (… a hint to my title perhaps) and currently work in the very demanding finance industry in a boutique corporate advisory firm as a financial analyst. There is a sense of achievement that I receive from being recognised for a strong piece of work and career development does play an important part in my life.
But truthfully, the job is highly demanding: the phone is never off, the work never stops (even on the weekends), the industry is predominantly male and I am in the office on average 12 hours per day (7.30am – 7.30pm). Not the ideal job for someone striving for domestic bliss.
I suppose that this is all a clue to the title I have chosen for myself. As the Modern Home Economist I attempt to juggle the loving wifely duties of a homemaker and maintain my professional career in about the areas of my working field I am passionate about; finance and economics.
And therein begins my daily endeavour: to try to balance all the traditional domestic household duties I so enjoy whilst maintaining my responsibilities as a professional woman in a demanding industry. This will not be a forum for my complaints about the roles of women (even though career women versus housewife inherently conflict) it’s just about finding the equilibrium, like a true Economist – of course I can!
I am intending The Modern Home Economist will be a forum where you can follow my attempts to juggle all the homely duties that mean so much to me whilst keeping my career developing in this modern world.
I wish to explore, with you, the parts of my life which provide me so much joy (be it recipes, quilting projects, funny anecdotes or reflections on newly married life) and I hope that The Modern Home Economist can provide you with some entertainment and maybe even some useful information. I also hope to discuss issues and learn from my readers and followers.
So join me as I try to balance two different female worlds as The Modern Home Economist…