Big Changes Ahead
You may remember that I hinted in this post about something exciting brewing in my future. On a scale of 1 to 10, it's definitely a 10 in my book! However, it can be a sensitive and divisive issue for some people...so I'm going to tread lightly. After 10 years of working day in and day out, I'm going to be joining the ranks of "Stay At Home Momma" in a few short weeks!! I decided I really wanted to spend more time pouring into the things that really matter to me: Babycakes, Dear Hubby, church, and this blog/ new business ventures I'm working on. Now I will have the time to actually do that. Picture Source.
I consider Staying at Home a Luxury (and a choice).
This is a hot topic because of the judgement that often comes along with it. Moms who choose to work think what they do is best and moms who stay at home tend to think everyone else should too. It is a HUGE decision, and no one wants to feel like they're being judged or making the wrong choice! But the truth is, in this economy, staying at home is not always an option for mothers. Plain and simple. The flip side is, some mothers could afford to stay home, but choose not to. For me, I never thought it was something that I could do / we wouldn't be able to afford / didn't make sense. But, Dear Hubby's business has been blessed and is making it possible. Yes, there will be sacrifices. Yes, there will be budgeting. Yes, there will be simplifying. But we can make it work. We're going to make it work.
Babycakes will still go to my in-laws' twice a week (one day a week I'll do accounting/admin for Dear Hubby's web development company and one day a week I'll work on my own business development), then I'll get to spend 3 days during the week with Babycakes.
Excited for the Chance:
I'm so excited for the "chance" ... the chance to build my own blog and new business (details in another month or two!), the chance to pour into Dear Hubby's business and make it stronger, and best of all... the chance to pour into Babycakes when she's at a really critical stage - absorbing and learning EVERYTHING!!!!
She brings true joy to me (even with a periodic tantrum). I mean, come on... look at that sweet face!
I gave my notice at work last week. I will finish out through the next month-end close (3 weeks), and my last day will be Friday, July 6th. I have already gone into major planning mode at home - making lots of lists, simplifying as much as possible, and moving furniture around (if I'm going to be spending more time at home with Babycakes, I want it to be more organized and more conducive to fun, learning, and exploration). I plan to blog about some of these simplifying strategies - with real practical tips on how to do it. I won't say "you should take 15 minutes to declutter." I will say things like, "Start by decluttering one daily nuisance: mail. How? I hung 2 metal containers in my butler pantry: One is for items "To File" and the other for bills "To Pay"... Daily mail goes into one of those two containers or directly into the trash/recycle. Outcome: No more random mail throughout the house or in piles!"
I am still going to:
- Focus on delicious, easy, healthy meals perfect for everyone: the working AND stay-at-home mommas, the non-mommas, and any guys that read this blog!
- Take the weekends off to focus on my family.
- Work towards my next set of goals.
- Encourage, inspire, and challenge you to live the happy healthy life, every step of the way!
- Do you have a good "simplifying" tip to share?
- Do you use a budget? Are you good at sticking to it?