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New Year's Resolution #2: "Do More Of What Makes You Happy"

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I'm not deprived in any way - my husband takes really good care of us & has been more than just a provider, but a good anchor of constant support as well. But as with any new mom (yes, I still consider myself relatively new at this), I've had loads of struggling with finding balance in the last year. I'm so focused on performing my duty as a wife and as a mother that I know that I've let myself go a bit - and I don't mean that I'm now clad in sweat clothes without showering for X number of days, not that literal. I did however, miss spending time with friends, some time to relax & reflect, and surprisingly, work.

Yes, I actually missed work. I miss being productive in other ways & that feeling that I get to use what I've learned over the course of my career to continually make myself grow in this aspect. I didn't miss the commute though (shocker.) which is why my work-from-home set up is quite perfect. Also, this allows me the luxury of keeping an eye on both Joaquin & housekeeping while fulfilling my need to be personally productive - earning extra cash doesn't hurt, too!

Right now, I'm working as a freelance HR consultant via oDesk. This is a site where clients can ODESK
contract suitable freelancers for a variety of work that can usually be accomplished online - virtual assistants, graphic artists, web designers, email handlers, etc. You can check it out if you're interested to earn on either a results-based, part-time or full time basis -->

A lot of other stay-at-home moms are also finding ways to make some sideline earning with a niche of their choosing, based on hobbies that they already enjoy to begin with - baking, arts & crafts, and even retail. As they say, if you're already doing something you love in the first place, it won't feel like work at all. If you do decide to give it a go, I suggest going part-time first to a) have a good measure of how the work demands will stack up to your current load such as house chores, family's daily schedule of activities, etc. & b) ease into a new routine if you feel like going full-on WAHM mode.

If you miss something else entirely different from work like travel, spending time with friends or indulging in other hobbies, then GO FOR IT! It will be much easier if you let your partner know so they can help you out, too - just remind them of the wise saying that "A happy wife is a happy life!" Hahaha! In any case, making time for the things you love and enjoy will leave you feeling renewed, recharged, ready to face motherhood with all the positivity you need.

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