My Work at Home Mom Journey

I became a stay at home Mom by choice. Becoming a work at home Mom happened by choice as well, just a few years later. Leaving the workforce to raise my family was both a choice and a privilege that I am grateful for. At the time, I had no idea what the decision to stay home with my kids would mean for me personally.

While I felt grateful for the experience and I loved the opportunity to be there for my kids 24-7, what came next was unexpected.

I lost myself.

I found myself feeling like I had lost my identity: many days questioning whether I had a purpose outside of being a wife and Mom. It was a very slippery slope.

One thing led to another and I found myself looking for opportunities to connect with other Moms. For me, this happened naturally online when I started my Mommy blog, Multi-Testing Mommy.

Doing something for myself was the best thing that I could have done. Little did I know, this connection with other Moms would lead me to a business where I had the freedom of working from my own home. AND as an added bonus: on my own time. A business that I could work on as much or as little as time allowed or I wanted.

Over the past few years, I have experienced the ups and downs of working from home. My work at home job has also branched out to include a business with Norwex and my own business consulting company, Digital Girl Consulting.

Being a work at home mom comes with pros and cons. It is also important to note that working at home is not for everyone! I know many women who have a career outside of the home and a beautifully functioning and happy family too.

Here are the main pros and cons of being a work at home Mom from my point of view:

PROS of Working At Home

  • have control of your work schedule
  • can be home when your kids are sick or have appointments
  • can volunteer and be involved at the kids’ school to go on trips etc.
  • have a consistent before and after school routine

CONS of Working At Home

  • when kids are home (e.g. after school, sick or PA Days) and there are deadlines, you definitely learn how to juggle
  • you must learn how to draw boundaries (which can also be a pro) and teach your children when they can and cannot interrupt you
  • you get easily get distracted
  • home chores can easily get neglected (or perhaps this would happen regardless)
  • it can get lonely, so it is important to look for opportunities to get out of the house to network etc.

Overall, working from home has given me the freedom to control my schedule, to be at home for my children when I need or want to be, to manage the household (with the exception of the laundry) and to grow personally with endless possibilities.

Do you work from home or wish that you did? What would the biggest PRO be for you if you could (or if you currently do work from home)?

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Overwhelmed by the transition to entrepreneurship?

I’ve been there. When I left the corporate and small business worlds to start my own business, I didn’t know what I was in for. I saw other women living lives that I wanted to be mine, and wondered, “How are they doing it?” Knowing something had to give, I totally changed the way I’m running and building my business.

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It all came to a head in the Fall of 2015. With my daughter’s autism diagnosis and my postpartum depression following my son’s birth, my Spring/Summer that year had been pretty rough. I was feeling pretty kicked around — to say the least. As I was crawling out of the dark and twisty places life had cornered me in that year, I knew that everything had changed.

For many reasons, I couldn’t go back to my corporate life. One of the biggest reasons was that my perspective on how I was going to live my life had changed. A shift had happened. My time away from my children was going to be spent doing things that I was passionate about. Doing things that got me pumped about life. In May of 2016, I went out on my own and started my business. It was great. I was finally doing things that had me pumped about my time away from my kids. I had the flexibility to spend more time with them. At the end of the day, I had the energy to work in my household and my marriage.

But, while I was living my passion and excited about my life again, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses. Previously, I was a teacher, a sales professional, marketing leader and client services manager. By setting clear objectives, I succeeded in each role, even though they were in different industries.

But being an entrepreneur was a whole new world. I felt the loneliness. I had self-doubt. I didn’t know where to start…and I wasn’t the only one in this boat.

Whether I’m out speaking to a room full of female entrepreneurs or leading a workshop, one of the things that I hear over and over again from these amazing women is how great it is to be out from behind their desks and surrounded by a group of like-minded women. And as our conversation continues, it becomes clear that they are looking for a tribe of women that they can connect and collaborate with regularly in an environment that is welcoming, encouraging and safe enough to let their walls down and share. I needed a community like this too. One that encourages fellow members as they conquer fears, overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. A tribe that leaves me with a new comfort level and the confidence I’m craving to expand my growth and limits — both personally and professionally.

And most importantly, I wanted a place that would offer me more than inspiration. One that would give me the actionable advice, education and mentorship, support and accountability that we all need.

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You see, it’s not just me. And it’s not just you. We are not alone. And when we come together, it’s a powerful thing. With the Fempire Builders community supporting me and holding me accountable, I have experienced the business growth that previously I had only dreamed about.

Just as it has been for other Fempire Builders, it will be the same for you, too. Wait and see!