A friend recently messaged me, asking how I re-entered the workforce after being a mostly stay at home mom for sixteen years. I was reminded that I’ve been meaning to share this information for a while.
Soon after re-branding the blog, I wrote about lessons I learned since going back to work, but I never really wrote about how I got back to work in the first place.
Going back to work for me had everything to do with timing.
I knew that I was going to look for a new job once the youngest went to school full time. But, when our youngest was entering kindergarten, I was not quite ready to get a full-time job–and, I learned that he was not my youngest child! In January of his kindergarten year we welcomed a set of twins into our already bustling family. Those twins (and their dad and brothers) were my full-time job for the next three years.
When the girls turned three, I began to get restless. Three may be my husband’s favorite age, but it is not mine. The three-year old demands, times two was threatening to push me over the proverbial edge. Meanwhile, my oldest was a Junior in High School. . .college, and the expenses that go with it was sneaking up on me. (more…)
One of the biggest struggles for working moms is finding a way to “do it all” or to have it all. Motherhood is already fraught with guilt, but when you add a career to the mix, the guilt does not only double. . .it triples.
I found this transition particularly difficult as I had spent so much time out of the career zone. In my sixteen years as a stay at home mom, I had plenty of jobs outside and inside the home, but none were careers. None of those jobs demanded that the lines between home life and work life would be so blurred as a career would.
My career assumes a traditional forty-hour workweek. I also have a monthly evening meeting, various fundraising events that happen within and outside of my “work hours”, occasional travel and various miscellaneous activities. While I may leave my office at 5 PM, my mind is constantly on my job.
Add into the equation the fact that I have six children and a husband who also juggles a busy career with multiple non-traditional commitments. (more…)
We just got back from a much needed family vacation.
Pastor’s families have to get a little creative with vacation time. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter just don’t work for us. Summer gets super busy with sports, theatre, scout camps, and major fundraisers for my work (we still sneak away for one vacation in summer!)
Our family has found that Washington’s Birthday is a perfect chance to get away!
This year was my first time orchestrating a fairly major one-day online giving event for work. But as soon as the online clock wound down, I packed up the family and we headed out for a few days at a friend’s lake cabin in the woods.
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
There is a secret in our society.
Work can be fulfilling, and even fun!
There seems to be a negative stigma surrounding work. You’ve seen them, the memes that go around Facebook about Monday being the very worst day of the week.
Let me be straight with you. I’ve been at my new job for just under a year now. I’ve not dreaded going to work for one single day.
The old saying is true, “Do what you love and you never work a day in your life!”
But, sometimes getting to that point is hard. When I began my job search, I was not really sure what job I would love. I had been out of the working world for many, many years. The things I studied in college were decades away; and my goals, ideals and aspirations had changed along the way as well. (more…)
I tend to head into the new year with a renewed desire to get my household more organized. With six kids and two busy careers, our house can get chaotic. I’m usually the last one to leave the house in the morning, and I often look around at the wake we leave in our paths getting ready and I think, “there has got to be a better way to do this.”
I am not a naturally organized person. I’m a leader, I’m a person who thinks outside of the box, and I tend not to get caught up in the little details.
I’m married to a naturally organized person. I’m sure you can see where the conflict comes in. (more…)