What a crazy year 2017 was! I started off the year working part time as a poker dealer at the casino for 6 months. I loved working there, but I was always stressing out about working weekends and finding babysitters around my husband’s shift work schedule. I kept trying to make shift switches with others and drove myself crazy trying to make it work while not forfeiting my entire paycheck to childcare costs.
The breaking point was when my husband and I decided we wanted to go on a 3 week Road Trip in September. I rationalized that I wouldn’t possibly get the time off without losing my job, so I would put in my two weeks notice beforehand. We started planning this in May, and in June I decided to make June 29th my last day so I could enjoy being off for 4th of July.
Transitioning to being a stay at home mom terrified me completely! Growing up, I never considered being a stay at home mom. I’ve always had a strong work ethic and enjoyed the benefits of being financially independent. Working gave me a sense of accomplishment and contribution to the household that I could clearly define. Not having a job and depending completely on my husband was a completely foreign concept to me.
So there I was, trying to figure out what a stay at home mother does, trying to fill my calendar with playdates to fend off boredom, and trying to keep the house together when I felt like everything was falling apart. Luckily I had a great support system in my husband and parents and in-laws… until my parents and my in-laws both decided to move to Arizona. Eeep! There were several times I considered going back to work, but I couldn’t go back to the casino because of the hours, and starting over doesn’t really afford anyone the opportunity to start at the top and make their own rules like I wanted to.
Within 4 months of being at home with my son, I decided to look into Work At Home Mom jobs. My son was 18 months old at this point, and starting to be a busybody. With all that toddler energy and mayhem, WAHM jobs were not gonna happen. At about this time, Facebook changed its algorithm and I kept seeing the same posts from the same people (my favorite pages) over and over again. That’s when I decided, “I can do that!” When I was much younger I wanted to be a writer. That was 20 years ago, I was 12, and the internet was not what it is today.
Fast forward to today, and I am so excited to have my own website, a super supportive Facebook following, and over a dozen articles- which all came together in the last 6 to 8 weeks! I am so grateful to have this opportunity to write and connect with all of you!
In case you missed any of it, here are my top 3 articles of 2017:
I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for all of us! Thanks for tuning in!