My life has significantly changed since I quit my time-sucking, day-time desk job and there is one rule that changed the way I work at home that helped my transition. Here’s a quick back story if you are just joining me with my journey from being a crazy-commuting, 8-5 full-time working momma to now being a work-at-home-momma… you can catch up by reading When I Realized I Couldnt be a Full-Time Working Super Mom.
Adjusting to a new schedule and routines has not been easy. As I write this post, I’m ending my 6th week transitioned as a WAHM (work-at-home-mom) and I’m feeling so many emotions! I’m worried, scared, stressed… but I’m also the happiest I’ve been in a long-freaking-time! I feel more freedom than I’ve ever felt in my life… but even with that new-found freedom, I realize that I need to keep a balanced schedule while working from home.
If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money CAN’T buy
First off, I want to inspire others to make a change. If you have wanted to make a drastic change in your life toward a dream or goal that you have – do it! Stop waiting! There is no better time than now. I know it’s easier said than done. Some of us have bills to pay – but I want you to know that I have bills too.
Both the hubby and I still have student loans with 1 kid in full-time day care. I made the choice to quit my day job because my contentment (and life in general) was much more important than any salary I was earning. Money was not a deciding factor for me. My employer asked if there was anything they could do to change my mind, but there wasn’t – I needed to do this for myself. And I have not regretted a thing!
Developing a daily routine was not easy the first couple weeks. I had a lot of work to do on the blog and my crafting business and supporting the hubs real estate business. Then Leela had Spring break and I had to entertain her that week. That week pushed my tasks back a lot! I’m still catching up and trying to grow a business. The growing part takes a lot of time and energy but I’m also trying to enjoy this new found freedom.
Being a work-at-home-mom means you never leave work
I am not calling myself a stay-at-home-mom because I have a small business that I’m running while I’m at home and the kids are still in school full-time – but the roles are pretty much the same. Stay-at-home-moms still work and work hard. With both WAHMs and SAHMs, the days go by so fast because there is always something to do.
I don’t have much adult interaction anymore (unless you count my handsome coworker – my hubby, hehe) which has been a huge change for me. I’ve also been tempted to do housework while working at home but I have to remind myself that I’m putting in “working hours” and I’ve been able to maintain the same household routines that I had with my day job. If there is a major household task that needs to be completed, it gets done in the evening or on the weekends. I’ve learned to separate work time from family time – that work-life balance that we all crave.
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up
There have been many days I wake up and want to wear my pajamas all day or I’m tempted to put on the yoga pants -sorry, but they are the stereotypical “stay-at-home-mom” pants 🙂 But instead, I get up, exercise, take a shower, get dressed, do my hair and make-up, get the kids to school and then I work (at home).
If I put on a nice dress, the hubby asks “who are you dressing up for today?” I tell him that it’s for him, hehe, but it’s really for me – I wouldn’t feel as confident, put-together or ready for the day if I didn’t do those things. There are days that come to an end and I haven’t seen a soul all day – but I still look like a million bucks! Why? Because this is my ONE RULE: no matter how you feel, you get up, dress up and show up. You do what you need to do to feel 100% so you can give 100%.
Interested in starting a blog?
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I have to admit that over the past 6 months since I became serious about blogging, I realized that I need A LOT of help getting this blog where I want it to be. Not only did I enroll in the Elite Blog Academy (which is closed now but will open again Fall 2016) but I also invested in Abby Lawson’s Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook. Abby details how to grow your hobby blog into a business and the info she provides is fantastic! I read through the book in a matter of hours adding bookmarks with my to-dos. She provides everything that you need to know if you are just starting a blog or need some pointers to push your blog further. It’s a must-read for bloggers!
Be sure to check out my Resources page for all of the blogging resources that I used to turn my blog into a money-making business!
Make sure you have a host with enough space/speed…
Like I mentioned above, BlueHost is great if you are just starting out. I switched to WebFaction with the recommendation of my IT support team but I’ve also heard great things about WP Engine. If you plan to have tons of pictures (like me) then you should check out hosting providers with more storage and speed, in which case, WP Engine or WebFaction are the way to go. Go through this link to get 2 months free at WP Engine when you pay annually. You can check out their plans here.
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When starting to blog, there are many free themes (designs) that you can choose from, which is how I started. Although it didn’t take long for me to want to have more control over my design and stand out. That’s why I highly recommend purchasing a theme through StudioPress. Here’s the SMP blog theme (Modern Pro Blogger by Pretty Darn Cute) if you like my theme. My theme has 5 different color options, patterns, etc to personalize and make it your own. I highly recommend a theme with the Genesis Framework!
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I’m still adjusting to my new life and journey and I pray every day that God will help me continue the path that makes my life feel full and complete. A book that inspired me to take this journey was Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want by Michael Hyatt. We purchased the book on Audible but still had access to the free downloads to start creating our Life Plan. This book is a #1 best seller on Amazon and I highly recommend reading it.
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