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To Work Or Not To Work, That Is The Question

I’m just going to start off with a little honesty – straight out of the gate. This is one of my least favorite topics in the world. I know there are different opinions about mothers working outside the home, or staying home to raise children. But in my ideal world, it’s not even a debate. I’d be at home with D.O. and not even think twice about it. But let me be clear – that isn’t to say that I have an opinion about what other mothers should do. There are many women who work out of financial necessity, and many who desire to have a career. I think that it’s a very personal decision that nobody else can make for you. I know many amazing mothers who work full time. My mom was one of them. I also know great women who stay at home with their children because they feel it’s right, but often miss working. You have to decide what works for you, and I think as long as you’re following your heart – your family will be the better for it.

Well, for me and my family – our priority has always been for me to stay at home with my son. It has not always been easy, financially. But it’s been worth the sacrifices we’ve made in order to make it happen. And despite the days when D.O. pushes me to the edge of my sanity, I almost never miss working. When I meet ambitious, career-driven, professionally successful women, it makes me wonder if there’s something wrong with me. Why don’t I have that desire in me? Even if D.O. was grown and gone, if I didn’t need to work for financial reasons – I honestly don’t know if I would. I mean, I’m not saying I would just sit around… but there are millions of things that I would love to get involved in, that would be on my list before a career. I don’t know why that is… Maybe I just haven’t found what I really want to do yet. Perhaps if I had found that, I’d be a little more excited about building a career. I don’t know. But it in any case, right now – all I want to do is be at home and raise my sweet baby.

You’re probably wondering why on earth I’m talking about this today. So let me just get to the point. I’m not sure whether I’ve mentioned this before or not, but right after we closed on our new house – I lost my work at home accounting job. They had grown quite a bit and decided to take their accounting in-house. It was the right decision for them, but as a result, we lost a considerable part of our income. So finances have been a bit of a struggle for us lately… Bigger mortgage + Smaller income = Not a great combo. So after a few months of debating different ideas or remedies, I decided that I might need to work outside the home. Even if just temporarily. This was not a decision I made lightly, and unfortunately – it also came with many tears. But when all is said and done, I’m actually quite blessed. I’ve been given an opportunity to work full time for 3 months, while my sister babysits my son. He will love spending so much time with his cousins and I will get the opportunity to go and make some money to help get us back to our comfort level, financially.

Tomorrow is the day. I start tomorrow. I will miss visiting with y’all during the days, but I’ll be checking in when I get home. :o) I hope that Dominic doesn’t miss me during the day… but I KNOW that I will miss him. I’m grateful I have so much family around me to help provide great opportunities like this one. Working outside the home isn’t ideal for me, but if I need to do it – this is the perfect way to go. I’ll be in touch and let you know how my first day goes… oh did I mention? I’ll be working as an Office Manager for our family business. For my dad, and with my husband. Yeah, I know – I’m brave. :) But the timing just worked out perfectly. I was looking for work outside the home, and they were placing an ad on Craigslist for an admin person. It all felt just a little too coincidental not to give it a shot.

Did you have a good weekend? I celebrated a birthday recently… Guess how old I am? No, don’t… :)

Stay tuned for my list of 33 Things I Want To Do While I’m 33.

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