A few weeks shy of one year ago, I made the announcement that I would be leaving the full-time workforce to spend more time at home. A year ago I was terrified and excited all at the same time. My life as a full-time working mom was hectic, mostly due to my 3 hour (round trip) commute that was often coupled with 10-11 hour workdays; I didn’t see my family enough and we were all suffering. We made the decision that although being a SAHM was never my “calling” in life, it was best for me to be home for awhile – not to be a full-time blogger, but just to be there. My last day in the office was 3/30/17. It’s been 8 months and I can honestly say that there are things I like about being at home and things I don’t, just like there are things I like about being at work and things I don’t.
So what’s my news? A couple months ago, my former company reached out to let me know about an opportunity to work at the same level I was working before, in the same function, but at a location much closer to home – 12 minutes from my home to be exact. I wasn’t looking for work at all and was content in my situation, but this opportunity definitely deserved my consideration. Todd and I spent a week weighing the pros and cons and once we determined the pros far outweighed the cons, I let the company know I was interested in being considered, which brings me to this post. My news is that I have formally accepted an offer to return to the company and team that I love, starting on January 3, 2018.
Why did I say yes? First, I would have been a total fool to say no – opportunities like this don’t exist in my small Atlanta suburb and though I wasn’t “ready” to go back to work, I knew this opportunity wouldn’t exist when I was. Another reason is that going back to work means we can afford to send my girls to the private school we’ve always wanted them to go to – which just so happens to be literally a mile from my soon-to-be-office. That alone is a huge weight off my shoulders. Plus, being so close to where they are will give me the opportunity to go to their school events, volunteer in their classrooms, and have lunch with them sometimes while not missing a beat at work.
If I’m being completely honest with myself, I don’t know that I’ve ever felt normal since I’ve been home full-time. My pre-home suspicions about not being good at this gig turned out to be true. While I love the extra time with my kids, I think I’ll be a better mom to them if I work outside the home. And that’s okay. I also realized I hate cooking and suck at that, too. Maybe I can convince Todd to go back to being our in-home chef (*fingers crossed*).
So what does this mean for Sweet E? She’ll start preschool full-time with her big sister in January and she’s pretty excited about it; she wants to go to school with her pretty much every day already. Her teacher will be the one A had when she was 3 and we love her. So that’s a win.
So what does this mean for my blog? Well, I’m not planning to “close up shop”, so to speak, but you will definitely see fewer sponsored posts and maybe fewer posts altogether. I plan to be very choosy about the opportunities I accept and will only share things I absolutely can’t resist. I’ve already intentionally taken a step back from paid blog work and am excited about getting back to blogging for the sake of blogging as a creative outlet and building community. The timing of it all is perfect because I was starting to feel burnt out anyway. I love this blog and I love the friendships I’ve made through it; I’ve met so many amazing women, have been introduced to so many awesome brands, and have learned so much. I’m grateful for this space so it’s not going anywhere; it just may look a little different.
How am I feeling about the change? There’s a big part of me that’s sad. I’m going to miss having my sidekick, E, around while A is at school. I’m going to miss snuggling with A on the sofa after school. I’m going to miss taking my girls to ballet every Monday afternoon (my mom is going to start taking them), and I’m going to miss not having to
shower and/or put makeup on everyday. 😉 Overall, though, I’m stoked. Todd is stoked. This will be good. I’m so grateful for the time I was able to be home full-time and plan to spend the next month giving my kids all the snuggles and good times I can.
As always, I want to thank you, Dear Reader, for sticking with and supporting me. I hope you will continue to as I make yet another life transition. Cheers to new beginnings (again)!
What To Wear
In the spirit of going back to work, here’s a super affordable, easy-to-put-together fall/winter outfit that is perfect for my office environment but can also be worn out and about, too. I’m being totally honest in saying I own the tunic in 4 different colors (in size small); it’s perfect. Also, you should know that olive-colored-everything is my jam this season and is a great neutral![Huge thanks to Blo Ponce in Atlanta for my doing my hair!]
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