3 Things I wish I Had Told Myself Before I Moved To Donegal

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This week we have another guest Donegal Mammy  telling her story.

Donegal Mammy loves to hear from all of you and it is your platform after all to tell your stories.

There are some more great inspiring ones coming up very soon.

This week meet Cathy , a Business Coach & Trainer from Dublin and now lives here in Donegal with her husband and young daughter.

Burned-out from a stressful corporate job in Dublin and not enough quality time with her family, she decided to take the leap last year and go where her heart was calling her, Donegal!   Welcome… you are now an official #DonegalMammy.

Huge thanks to Cathy for being so honest, being mammy is a great gig but it can strip of you of all that you once were and leave you tired and stressed.. Cathy tells her honest story here and gives some positive words of wisdom to her old self and indirectly to any of us who are struggling out there with similar issues.


3 Things I wish I could have told myself 9 months ago (when we first moved up to Donegal)


1.You’re going to freak out for a while being a full-time Mammy

It used to eat away at you only seeing your little daughter, Saoirse, for an hour a day when you got home from work.

Some days you wouldn’t see her at all because you were travelling. Now you are going to be with her every day.

It’s going to feel brilliant at first. But then you’re going to wonder who you are now that you aren’t ‘Cathy the Marketing Manager’ and wonder why you feel depressed.

Give it time. You’ll come to realise that you had so much of your self-worth tied to your job, something that you don’t miss at all.

You’re going to realise that your daughter’s happiness is the most important thing to you and you will place a new value on being the Mammy you want to be for her.


Happy family life in Donegal


2.Expect a lot of crap to come up now you have time to think

Thoughts and feelings you didn’t even know you had are going to surface.

This is because you are finally stepping off the treadmill and allowing yourself to breathe.

It’s hard.

You are questioning everything and everyone.

Your emotions are up and down.


Your mind is racing. Relax. Go for a walk. The beautiful landscape just outside your door is your therapy.







3.You don’t need to worry, it will all work out

You will spend a lot of time worrying about your new career direction, the what’s and the how’s.

You want to try something new, more in line with your passion and that’s flexible to work with family life.

Trust yourself and take baby steps. Go with your feelings every day.

Some days you won’t want to do anything on the work-front, that’s ok.

Other days you are going to be super productive.



Be courageous, put yourself out there and you will reap the rewards.


There is so much support around you and there is a buzz of enterprise here in Donegal.

You’re going to find what you’re looking for, have a lot of fun and meet some great people.



Contact Cathy HERE





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  • Elaine

    Hi Cathy. Great blog post and welcome to Donegal. 🙂

  • Bernadette Delaney

    Lovely, honest post. I enjoyed reading it.

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