Hey there. Checking out my blog? I’m so glad you stopped by. Would you like to sit down for some virtual tea with me? I’ve been wanting to hear about your dreams and goals and help you turn them into reality. I’m still working on mine, but hopefully we can learn together.
This little nook of the web was born not long after my daughter in 2015. To say she rocked my world would be an understatement. From the moment she danced her little hand across my chest and stared up into my eyes, I knew it would be tough for me to go back to a traditional career, at least for a while.
You may have felt the same way when first held your baby. Or maybe you didn’t realize that until later—the first smile or that first, cute baby giggle. Whichever way it happened, you are likely here because it hurts your heart to work a traditional 9-5 job away from your little one(s), yet you aren’t ready–shouldn’t ever have to be ready–to “give up” your creativity and passion and drive as an innovative thinker, doer, and dreamer.
When my daughter was 6 months old, I tried to go back to teaching full-time in the public school. We struggled to find childcare amidst wait-lists and high nanny rates. I struggled with pumping at work during my short lunch and planning period. She struggled with taking a bottle after so many months of being exclusively breastfed. My marriage struggled with our opposite schedules as my husband worked nights and weekends. We struggled as a family since we lived five plus hours from grandparents and friends. We were struggling to catch our breath. We realized this wasn’t the kind of life we wanted to be living. So with my husband’s blessing, I quit.
Was it the most financially responsible decision? Definitely not, as I was making more than he was at the time, but it was the best decision for my family’s well-being and it allowed me a wonderful bonus year home with my daughter.
Still, I am an educator at heart, and I have a passion for listening and giving guidance to others. So my goal with The Write at Home Mom is to realize my dream of having a residual income stream in a creative field, but also, through my successes and failures, help you realize and manage your work at home dream.
I hope you find The Write at Home Mom is a resource for work at home parents of all types, or writers who are building a freelance business from home. I cover topics related to parenthood and writing/blogging, as well as balancing the two while living productively and mindfully.
I have since gone back to working full-time outside of the home in a career I love, and my 2-year-old daughter is in a wonderful daycare, but that year off with her as I worked from home was invaluable to me. I’m still passionate about helping other moms work from home for however long they want/need to.
- I have an addiction. To chocolate. I’m serious. It’s an addiction. I often send my husband to retrieve chocolate at odd hours. His agreement to do so obviously shows his undying love for me…or that he has ulterior motives. Most likely both.
- Street lights often go out when I drive/walk under them. I like to think I’m a human deluminator, storing up the light for later use (catch the Harry Potter reference?).
- I converted to Judaism as an adult. Not for my husband (he’s agnostic). For myself. This choice surprises but also endears me to many people.
- At 16, I had cancer. (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma nodular sclerosing type IIA to be exact). The experience influenced who I am, but it doesn’t define me. People tend to think it’s strange that I downplay cancer. It’s not that I don’t respect the extreme grief it causes people, it’s just that for me, cancer doesn’t get the acknowledgment of redefining my existence. It’s just one small part of what makes me who I am.
- Teaching at the elementary/middle school level had a profound impact on my world view. It taught me that a nine-year-old can hold more empathy in his/her heart than you could ever imagine. It taught me that even though 14-year-olds act “too cool for school,” they actually love learning when you show them how fun it can be. It taught me that if you have passion and know you are good at something, it doesn’t matter what other people think. You will always have fans and you will always have critics. Take BOTH with a grain of salt. It’s easy to get a big head from the fans and easy to get down from the critics, but neither really matters. Being successful involves believing in yourself, remaining humble, and accepting that temporary failure is sometimes part of the process. Getting back up, dusting yourself off, and moving forward after failure is what makes the difference.
- I wish I was traveling, skiing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, and bike riding more. Responsibilities and going home for holidays always seem to get in the ways of having the adventures we long to as a family.
So now that you know a little bit about me. I’d love to learn more about you. Join me in the endeavor to live a balanced and productive life in your own unique way. We are going to stumble along trying to be mindful and live in a healthy way, keep up and grow a blog, look at fun and meaningful ways to parent, create crafts and have Pinteresty-DIY adventures, and learn how to be productive while trying to balance it all. We’ll fail in plenty of beautiful ways, but we’ll also learn from those failures and we’ll keep dusting ourselves off and trying again until we succeed or change our definition of success. What does success mean to you?