I Have Some News

I’m not pregnant. Now that we have that out of the way, I can get right to it. So, if you’ve been following along with me and have read about my long days, my shortcomings as a mom, and my overall struggles with life, you know that I work too much, have a ghastly commute, and barely see my family during the week. Well, all of that is about to change.

Yesterday was my last day as a full-time employee. When I return to work on January 3rd, I will be a part-timer, working 20 hours per week. The plan is to do that until the end of March/April and then leave my company to be a full-time mom who does consulting, project, and temporary work, as needed. Todd and I solidified our plan to do this back in August and once the stars aligned to make it possible, I notified my company in mid-October.

Words cannot express how excited I am about this change. The thought of not living the rat race that is the current state of my everyday life is so exciting. I’m looking forward to learning how to cook again; I haven’t cooked in over 5 years. I’m mostly excited about being able to take my girls to dance classes, story time at the library, and [insert every activity that isn’t conducive to a working mom’s schedule]. I’m excited to pick my kids up every day and to spend more time with them. I’m excited to be a better wife; I’m a pretty crappy one.

All that said, words cannot express how terrified I am about this change. I’m a career girl; I have goals and was one step away from fulfilling them. Heck, I’m still paying my student loans. I’m not one to find my identity in my career but it feels like I’m abandoning an old friend in some ways; I’m ambitious and have been chasing my ambitions for over 9 years. Also, we have to make major life changes for this to even be possible – will I be able to adjust to living on a budget? Will I feel lonely and isolated like so many moms do? Will I be able to secure a job when I’m ready to return to the full-time workforce? I strongly believe that being a SAHM is a calling and that I did not receive that calling. So, I’m terrified that I will hate it and will go crazy. My plan is to go back to work full-time in a few years, but what if I go back in 6 months because I can’t hack it at home?

Fears aside, while I may not fit the “SAHM mold” (I am so not domestic, have zero patience, and see no issues with my kids watching TV all day – okay that last one is an exaggeration but only a slight one), I am confident that this is the right thing for my family right now. Life today is hard. Really hard. My husband needs me. My children need me. I need them. Something had to give and I decided it was my career. Yes, me. I decided.

Many of you may be wondering if I’m putting my career on hold to pursue blogging full-time. The answer to that is no. However, this little blog of mine made this decision more of a possibility. The income I have made off of sponsored posts this year fully covered the cost of A’s part-time preschool tuition for next year – something we wouldn’t have been able to cover with just one income (she goes full-time now but will drop to part-time in January). So, I’m thankful for this blog for many reasons, that being one of them. So while I am not putting my career on hold to pursue blogging full-time, putting my career on hold will make it possible for me to focus more time and effort into my blog.

Speaking of my blog, with these changes, it only feels right to have my blog’s name be reflective of them and fully reflective of me. That said, there is a rebrand coming soon. Although I will be a working mom until April and then off-and-on throughout the year as I pick up short-term assignments, I feel “Memoirs of a Working Mom” might be misleading going forward. Don’t fret, though; my tone, voice, and post themes will not change (but may increase in variety). My target audience will continue to be moms, with special attention paid to working moms, of course, since I am and always will be one at heart.

My prayer is that you will stick with and support me through this exciting, terrifying transition. I definitely plan to write about the life changes and my experiences navigating this new world I will be embarking on; I’m sure it will be rich with laughter, tears (mine), and the ever-so-popular mom-bun on the daily. I’m grateful for each and every one of you and appreciate your support so much.

2017 is going to be a great year. I hope you’ll continue to follow along.

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  1. January 21, 2017 / 2:40 am

    I feel you! I just don’t feel the calling to be a SAHM either so me and my little one have to find something that works for both of us. Maybe WAHM? Anyway! Congrats and way to be courageous and loving enough to put your family’s needs first! <3 I love the URL. It definitely calls to all moms.

    • Shannnon
      January 21, 2017 / 2:46 am

      Thank you SO much! I hope you find something that works for you and your family. I understand the feeling of being torn. Thanks for reading!

  2. January 10, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing you are inspiring me. I am currently feeling the struggle of working full time and being a wife and mother of three- and an my own person on occasion! Anyways thank you for your honesty.

    • Shannnon
      January 10, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      Thank you for reading! It can be so hard to manage it all; I know this is best for my family right now. But, we’re all doing the best we can and I’m sure you’re knocking it out of the park!

  3. happymomblogger
    December 24, 2016 / 10:53 am

    Good luck! I’m really happy for your! That’s really exciting! I’m a working mom too and I know the struggles! I wish you all the best and look forward to all your new posts on your blog!
    Merry Christmas!
    Emily@happymomblog

    • December 27, 2016 / 11:52 am

      Thank you so much!! I appreciate it! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  4. December 23, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    Congrats! Our mutual friend, Sarah Blauw, sent me the link to your blog a few months ago and I have been loving your blog. I can’t wait to read more as you make your transition.

    • December 27, 2016 / 11:53 am

      Hi! Thank you so much! I’m so glad Sarah sent you my way! I appreciate the support!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:08 am

      Thank you so much!!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:08 am

      Thank you! Me, too!!

  5. December 22, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Yeah Shannon! That is super exciting. As a mom that work 40+ hours a week and commutes 80 miles a day, I so get why you are doing this for your family. Congrats dear!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:09 am

      Oh girl! Your days sound just like mine! Almost 80 miles a day here plus avg 50 hour work week, too! I hope you can find some balance!

  6. December 22, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    So excited and prayful with you in this transition! Will be here as a fan as I always have! Love ya lots girl!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:10 am

      Thank you, Traci!! So much love, girl!

  7. Amie
    December 22, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you!! Can’t wait to hear your new name 🙂

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:10 am

      Thank you, Amie! I can’t wait to share it!

  8. kozyandco
    December 22, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    This is such amazing news Shannon! I’m so excited for you and for what the future holds do you and your family!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:10 am

      Thanks, girlfriend! I appreciate the support!

  9. December 22, 2016 / 11:14 am

    What exciting news for your family!! From someone who has done the flip flop (been a stay at home mom for 3 1/2 years to now part-time working, single parent) I have learned that you just figure out how to adjust to the differences of lifestyle. You will be able to do it! Just give yourself some grace as you figure out your new routine. Being a stay at home mom is definitely hard work (and amazing!) but if you continue to invest in friendships and a hobby (like your blogging) you will have a good outlet. Looking forward to see where this takes your little family! You probably know this, but you will NEVER regret putting family first. They are what lasts long after the careers, the money, etc. Merry Christmas!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:11 am

      THANK YOU! I so appreciate your wisdom, experience, and encouragement! Thank you so much!

  10. December 22, 2016 / 10:28 am

    I’m so happy for you that I could cry! I hope to work towards an amazing announcement like this one day. I am so excited to follow your journey through this change. I know that you will be honest, funny and real about your transition. Congratulations!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:12 am

      Thank you, Kaitlin! I appreciate your support more than you know – thank you! And, I hope you get to make the announcement soon, too! xo

  11. December 22, 2016 / 9:49 am

    I’m so happy for you! Can’t wait to see what changes you make to your blog. I just found it this week but I love it already! I am a SAHM and it is so hard but so rewarding.

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:12 am

      Thank you, Cheri! I’m so glad you found me! Thanks for your support!!

  12. December 22, 2016 / 9:21 am

    Congratulations! That’s really exciting news! I hope you find the balance you’re looking for and that it’s a smooth transition for everyone.

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:12 am

      Thank you, Brittany! I hope so, too! I appreciate you!

  13. December 22, 2016 / 9:01 am

    I love when the stars align. I feel you – I left my full time corporate gig 5 years ago to be around the house more as my kids were in their teen years, I’m not the Ms. Brady type of mom, but my heart yearned to be home – I fell in to a full time home career and haven’t looked back. When those stars align, trust them. You’re never going to regret this.

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:13 am

      That’s amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!! I love hearing others’ experiences!

  14. December 22, 2016 / 8:28 am

    That is great news! So excited for you and I only hope that 2017 will be a great year for you! Looking forward to following along with your new journey!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:13 am

      Thanks so much, girlfriend!! I appreciate your support!! You’re the best!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:14 am

      Thank you, Patty!

  15. December 22, 2016 / 8:17 am

    I have happy tears for you Shannon!! So excited for this upcoming year! I hope the transition is as smooth as possible.

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:14 am

      Aww! Thank you, my friend! I appreciate you!

  16. December 22, 2016 / 8:13 am

    Wonderful news! New adventures are always nerve wracking and unpredictable. You can do it. You’ve got a great attitude and perspective. Grow your support network. You’ll be great!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:15 am

      Thank you, Melanie! You’re so kind to say that! Thanks for reading!

  17. December 22, 2016 / 7:47 am

    That’s so exciting! Congratulations! You’ll love it. You’ll go crazy some days, but it will totally be outweighed by the fun and joy you’ll have by being with your kids more! So proud of you. That’s a tough choice to make! I was slightly envious of you (or working moms in general) but let’s face it, grass is always greener, right? There are so many benefits to your choice. Praying you’ll love every minute and won’t look back!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:16 am

      Thank you, Nicole! I appreciate that so much! It will definitely be an interesting experience! And yeah, the grass is always greener for sure. There is/was nothing about my daily life to envy!

  18. shannanpanganiban
    December 22, 2016 / 7:35 am

    So excited for you!! 2017 is gonna be great!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:16 am

      Thanks, Shannan! Yes, it will! xo

  19. Katie
    December 22, 2016 / 6:56 am

    It’s going to be crazy and great!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:16 am

      Emphasis on crazy!!

  20. Momma To Go
    December 22, 2016 / 6:54 am

    Wow I’ve been exactly you. I stayed home full time for 18 months, then worked part time for about 3 years. Then I went FT for three years and it was such a disaster there was no balance and I hated where I was working. Now I’m home. My kids are in elem and honestly I like having time for myself. I run, cook a little more, go to lunch. I’m a class mom. But I’m dabbling in work for like no pay lol it’s so hard! Look forward to reading about your journey

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:17 am

      I’m so glad you found what works for you! I love hearing about others’ experiences! Thank you for sharing and for your continued support!

  21. December 22, 2016 / 6:00 am

    Also as a mom of childbearing age, it is crazy that everytime we have news or we are sick we have to squash those pregnancy thoughts. Lol.
    But congrats, you are at least giving being a SAHM a shot. I would love to be a SAHM, but not doable at the moment. If it does not work out you can go back out into the work force and you can say you tried.
    So good luck and I well wish it is everything you hope and more.

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:19 am

      Hahaha right?! Just gotta get it out of the way! And, thank you!! It wasn’t an option for us for so long but then my husband took a different job that opened more doors for us. I appreciate your kindness and support!

  22. December 22, 2016 / 4:14 am

    If you won’t like being a SHM you can always go back to work. But I am sure you will love it. I never thought I would love staying home with my baby and to be honest it is all I want although we do have days when I go crazy, she is very demanding or I am in a bad mood. Looking at the big picture – I wouldn’t change a thing. I do need to go back to work on 3rd of January and I hate it

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:20 am

      Thank you, Alina! Good luck! I hope the next couple weeks go slowly!!

  23. December 22, 2016 / 2:22 am

    I’m so happy and excited for you, Shannon!!! That what you just shared was me towards the end of 2015. My hubby & I took a HUGE lead of faith, leaving behind an almost 6-digit paycheck (over 90k) so I could quit my job & pursue my passions: singing, speaking & writing. It’s been an INSANE journey, but we would not change a thing. I believe God has been with us every step of the way. I even had a “theme Bible verse” for 2016, Isaiah 43:19, I talked about how God was doing a new thing, making streams in the desert and rivers in the wasteland. And I have honestly seen him do that for our family this whole entire year. I pray that 2017 will be that kind of a year for you — amazing & miraculous in many ways! Love you, friend! I can’t wait to see your rebranding!

    • December 23, 2016 / 12:27 am

      Thank you, Coppelia! I am definitely with you on the leap of faith thing! FOR SURE. It will be a huge adjustment. I appreciate your sharing your experience and encouragement in this. God’s hand has been in it for sure and, as you know, the stars wouldn’t have aligned without Him. I appreciate you sister! Thank you! xo

  24. December 22, 2016 / 1:07 am

    Such an amazing opportunity! I love being at home with my kids but blogging has become almost a full time job haha – but I think all of motherhood is a journey so go with the flow!

    • December 22, 2016 / 1:19 am

      Thanks, Claire! I’m looking forward to being able to get our kids together!

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