Do you ever get the sense that life is passing you by? That you get so busy during the days that the days turn into weeks, which turn into months and all of a sudden when you finally come up for air everyone is another year older?
I know you mamas out there can relate. When you’re used to being 100% put-together and then throw in a couple of kids, relentless responsibilities and a full-time job, personally, I feel like I’m never caught up with anything. These days I’m always a couple of days late making birthday phone calls, and forget about the birthday cards – those average about a month behind actual birthdays.
Sometimes on a Friday night I realize that my 2 year old daughter has a 10am birthday party to attend the next morning and no gift to take. Or like last Friday when I was talking to my father-in-law on the phone and realized that we missed his birthday that week. Or when I get to my 2 year old daughter’s daycare and realize that it’s ‘Show and Share’ day and we forgot to bring something from home for her to show and share (and then see her friends carrying their favorite toys and books into school for show and share).
The weekdays are all about getting home and getting ready for the next day…making dinner, giving the kids baths, doing laundry, cleaning bottles. Two words for ya – Survival Mode.
So, I quit my job.
I have come to the conclusion that life’s too short to constantly live in the fast lane. I found a part-time consulting gig that will give me the flexibility to work from home, spend more time with my kids during the week and work more on PureBebe.
And did I happen to mention that I will be working from home?
After 4 1/2 years of shlepping to/from my current job, I’m both excited and nervous about what’s around the bend. Certainly I have some major multi-tasking in my future (like running a load of laundry while taking conference calls in my slippers), but I also know that I will have more time for baking cookies with my girls and lazy afternoons at the park.
Many of my friends say that I’ll get ‘sucked into’ the hectic working life again and that “part-time” will become “full-time.” But I beg to differ. My goals for the next year are to remember more birthdays on time (I never said I was perfect!), to help my kids pick out the coolest Show and Share toys ever, and to take each precious, slipper-wearing day one at a time.
Have you ever thought about quitting your job? Or, if you’re a stay-at-home mom, what factors led to your decision to stay at home? We’d love to hear from you!!!
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