Jun 23, 2014

Mom to Mom // 05

Today for #momtomommonday, we have Jill Wojslaw. She is a strong work from home mom, with two beautiful littles. She also works for a company that I absolutely adore, Sakurabloom, and she is pretty fabulous. So excited for you all to be introduced to this momma, if you don't already know her! Thanks again miss Jill!

Becoming a Work at Home Mom.

I've always enjoyed working. Ok not always. Sorry Starbucks, but rolling 12 jugs of milk through City Center, at 5am, was just not my idea of a good time. Anyway, after leaving my last job I hadn't really considered going back any time soon.

When I went to work after my first child it was a huge shock to both our systems. My life suddenly became so hectic. Getting on a bus, and dropping off  Lucy, who was 1 at the time, was hard. Running to catch a bus to get me to work barely on time was a joke. Then, my mom had to pick her up since the daycare closed before I was off work. Finally, I'd get Lucy late in the evening. We'd eat dinner, and watch a VHS from the library, and do the same thing the next day.

Being a single working mom is no joke.

But that was a long time ago, and since then I've gotten married, had another child, and have been lucky enough to be able to stay at home for the past 3 years.

Remembering how stressful working was made me hesitant to want to ever go back. I love spending my days at home with Mila. We laid in bed all day, played outside, cuddled,  nursed, and read books, but when the most amazing job opportunity became available I had to go for it. Working at home part time, making my own hours, for a company I was already very passionate about, I started to remember how validating having a career is. Still, there was a huge adjustment. 

The first thing to change was my bed time. The only thing that gets done at 11pm is Netflix watching and snacking on junk food, so I've started going to bed at 9pm and waking up at 5amGone are the days of staying in my pajamas, and eating cereal at noon.

Now, I have breakfast, get Mila dressed, and am up and ready to go by 7am at the latest. Ok, maybe my hair and makeup aren't done, but just putting on real pants makes a huge difference.

With Mila in my lap I do my first round of work. Checking emails and making a to-do list. 
Then after Lucy goes to school, Justin, my husband who works nights, gets up and watches Mila. That way I can make phone calls and accomplish what I can't do with a toddler nearby.

By 11am, I am mostly done, aside from the occasional email or text that I respond to while at the park, pushing Mila on the swing or standing in the produce department of our grocery store.

It's amazing how I actually feel like I have more hours in the day now than I did before. 

Now, I know I have a unique situation, where my husband is home during the day to help, and there are stay at home moms who are super motivated, and get a lot done during the day without a job to get them going, but for me, transitioning into this work at home mom role has been nothing but positive. 

If anyone out there is thinking about starting an etsy store, or selling makeup or oils, doing social media or web design from home, etc but have worried about how they will manage their time, I say "go for it!". Get organized. Go to bed early. Have a to-do list. It's worth it. The feeling of having personal success outside of my role as a mother has been so rewarding already.

1 comment:

  1. Oh I love Jill! So good to have a new perspective/ peak in her life, I'm taking notes!


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