So many thoughts. Good thoughts. Frustrated thoughts. Scary thoughts. Silly thoughts. Wonderful thoughts. FOMO thoughts. Unforgettable thoughts. Questioning thoughts. Breathing thoughts.
It’s funny, if you think too much how crazy you can drive yourself. Staying home to me has been one of the biggest gifts, blessings, passions, best and most wonderful thing!! At the same time, it can be a tad lonely, scary, worrisome, and if I let it, questioning. In today’s world, women are told we can be and do anything. Yay! No I am not a feminist (far from it) but I love that we have the ability to do whatever we want. I think the hardest part is that you have to find what you’re happy with. Throughout the last 5 1/2 years I have had thoughts cross my mind that maybe I should go back to work. I will admit that it’s mostly when things are hard, (duh life is hard!) but also as teacher friends get ready to go back to school in the Fall, I have a twinge of “what if…?”
But as with anything, I allow myself to work through my feelings. I write, I talk it out, usually with my husband and good friends, or my mom. I try to figure out why I may feel a certain way and go from there.
I will say that running a business and staying home is not for the faint of heart. I truly believe there is MORE than enough work to do taking care of a child, or children, cook from scratch, clean the home, care for dogs, and take care of a husband who works crazy intense hours. It’s hard to find time to do things that need to get done, things you want to get done, plus play with the kids, enjoy the time with them and possibly give yourself some down time too.
I believe it takes a village to raise children, and villages don’t really exist in my world, so other than an awesome sitter who actually just had a baby of her own, it’s hubby and I. Family lives far away and so a lot falls onto my shoulders.
I had to take a good look at our life and pick and choose what and where I want to spend my time. For me, there are several non negotiable terms when it comes to our home life. I find it extremely important for the kids to eat a warm breakfast most days. Even if it’s a bagel and cream cheese or one little egg. I think that a hearty meal first thing in the morning sets you up for success. I also will always be here to greet the kids off the bus. Until they are in high school, I truly find that after school time to be crucial. Is this the only way to be a mom? Absolutely not! But in my heart, it’s the way I want to be.
I’ve recently discovered my true need to break a sweat at a gym. We had a monthly membership to the Y, but I decided it was a tad expensive and canceled it in August. Well, September was absolutely nutty trying to get into a groove with one in Kindergarten and one in preschool a few hours each week. Once we settled into the swing of things, it was all of a sudden Halloween. I would make lame attempts to do at home workouts, or walk the dogs and play with the kids, but I missed socializing with people! I haven’t even been there a week yet, but I can tell you in the few times I’ve gone, my smile is bigger and my mind is quieter. I’ve also implemented a few more things, but I’ll touch on those later.
Bottom line, being a momma is hard. We worry even if we don’t want to and I always want to do the right thing. I will tell you it’s difficult to not give into the tantrums, the junk food, the instant gratifications. But it’s so worth it. Stay at home or work at home, moms are amazing. (Dads are too, but this post isn’t about them!)
Like I’ve stated before, there is not “right way” when it comes to staying home or working as a mom. There is only what’s best for you. For me it’s a crazy combination of staying home, and also working. I believe that once the kids are both in school full time I will be open to even more opportunities. I have quite the ‘bucket list’ of dreams I’d like to accomplish and the ultimate dream being to work with my husband every day.
Regardless of what your “job title” may be, the best advice I can offer is to stay focused. Don’t get caught up with what other people are doing. This I am learning, is very tricky with social media in my hands. I can very quickly get down on myself for not being where I would like to be. It’s good to push ourselves, but it’s a whole different ball game to compare and lose sight of what is right in front of us.
Would I stay home or go back to work if I had to do it all again?
I’d stay home 100%. Even on the hardest of days where I feel like I accomplished nothing, I know that I am making the right choice for my family. If you stay home and feel like you’re in a rut, then I highly suggest shaking up your routine. Get out more; have more fun; meetup with some other mommas or do a baby or toddler class. Leave the dishes be and get on the floor with the kiddos. Snuggle them on the couch and ignore the laundry. It’s all gonna be there anyway.
Also, mamas, ladies, women friends, do not ever feel guilty for filling your cup!! Take the bubble bath and lock the door. Pour a glass of wine and play the jazz music. Sneak off to the coffee shop and bring your laptop. Join that gym and go do your favorite class. Read that book or follow that dream inside of you. You are worth it!! If you’re so caught up in your crazy busy life and don’t even know where to start, then you definitely need to stop and take a pause…
I’ll be sharing more on my pause in an upcoming post. Until then, feel free to comment or reach out to me. You are not alone!! Motherhood aint easy, and there are way too many mean girls out there competing. Life is not a competition; it’s your journey and yours alone. Tune out the negativity and quiet your mind…I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Make today beautiful friends.