I wanted to give a brief update about life as a working mom and where this blog may be headed. It’s been years since I blogged regularly and honestly I am not too sure that I can commit to keeping this up regularly. I will write another post later to see if there is any interest in leaving this blog archived or possibly taking it down so that I don’t have nothing but spam comments. I still have followers join on Facebook so I do want to make sure that I am not closing the door on other working moms that are in need of encouragement.
I started this blog years ago as an outlet and as a way to encourage. I was in a dark place as a working mom and I still have those days! My husband is also transitioning careers currently and working from home…which makes me even more insanely jealous. I do not know if I will ever be 100% okay with being the breadwinner and working outside the home, but I do still feel strongly that you can have peace while doing so.
One of the things that I have felt passionately about is sending my kids to the school they are at. It is a Christian school. This for me has been my why. I can get up and go to work and face difficulty knowing that they are where I believe they are supposed to be. Your why will probably be completely different but I would strongly encourage you to have a why…or several whys…more than making ends up. Yes, sometimes that is what also keeps us going, but you need to have a goal.
That being said, this year my why has been rocked. Without the same income we had with both of us in full time positions it simply is not feasible to pay that kind of tuition. Yes, it is a luxury but I’ve also had to do some serious soul searching when the thing you work for is on the line. It is a luxury but it’s where my kids are thriving, where we’ve worked so hard to send them, where they are loved and prayed over, where they are in close community with followers of Jesus, and challenged in an excellent curriculum on their level. Yes, many of these things happen daily in public school, but it is truly where I believe God has led us to place them.
So, one of the things that we are facing is trying to make this black/white (or black and red). Simply the finances are not there. I can understand that. Accepting it has not been my forte. Maybe for you it is not education but a simple family vacation. A car. A job with higher satisfaction. Feeling helpless is one of the worst feelings in the world in my opinion. The chance of being able to meet tuition for next year is slim to none but I haven’t worked full-time for 10 years as a mom to be helpless
One of the hail Mary plays I have executed is to add a second part-time job. It’s not ideal, and it will most likely never be the lucrative business opportunity that some have. The best part is that I didn’t do it solely for financial reasons. Okay, that is definitely a huge part, but I stumbled upon it looking for wholesome/modest clothing for work. Yes, it is LuLaRoe…and no, this will not turn into a direct sales blog. In fact, that is strictly prohibited as a consultant. I do want you to understand my why(s) and explain why my time here is now even more drastically limited. I will probably do another post (short post) on it and why I would even consider sales for a quick second. I am an introvert. I am not the most fashion-forward person by far, and I would never sign up for anything that I did not have my heart in. My ultimate prayer is that this will continue to provide enough for our family and bless other women. If other women…good women…amazing women were not involved, I would not have entertained it, but one of the best parts is the encouragement and helping other women feel beautiful…the exact reasons I started this blog.
I understand (completely) if that turns you off, but I hope you’ll check back to hear more about my whys. More than anything I would love–I need to hear from you—if you still follow or read or could use this blog. I don’t want to pull the plug if it can be helpful, but by my own lack of interaction I am not certain if it still serves its purpose. It is not nor ever has been an income stream for me. I think I’ve received a total of $20 from a few people clicking on Amazon links If I continue to blog, I would mention LuLaRoe occasionally as that is where 50% of my time at home in the evenings and weekends is spent…but I would also stay true to the purpose of encouragement and interacting with other working moms. Thank you so very much for what you do for you and your families. We need working mamas!!