Ever heard the saying “Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness?” Over the past 7 seven years I’ve had the opportunity to have both. I’ve experienced the freedom and happiness in my career because I chose to be a full time mom. I bowed out of the workforce and hunkered down at home to raise my son. I was a first time mom who thought nothing of putting my career on hold. Some people may say that’s a privilege and others say a sacrifice. I happen to agree with both. I didn’t know any different because that is what being a mother meant to me. Boy, have times changed since 2008! I shutter at the idea of what my resume looks like after being home for seven years. I’ve had a couple small ventures, big ideas, and a great deal of unknowns. Anyone else?
At this point in my life I am a mother of two children who this September will be in school “almost” full time. Whatever will I do? The school day isn’t long enough to get a 9am-5pm job. Going back into teaching puts me out of the house before my little ones head to school and home after them. What’s a stay at home mom to do?! When I mention the idea of “working” to my 7 year old and almost 5 year old they panic. “Mommy, you don’t work,” they say. What have I done? I have given my children the security of having my home 24/7, but they just may believe I do nothing! Well, that is about to change. I can’t look back because that’s not the direction I’m going in. I am moving forward. Maybe I’m not a teacher anymore, but my children have been mine. Becoming a parent changes you. Going through a divorce strengthens you. Knowing you children look up to you inspires you. I am following a new passion. I’m learning. I am so excited for what is to come.
Thank you summer for your inspirations, for the time you allowed me to have with my babies, and for the growth. Now as sad as I am to see you go, cheers to fall!