Friday, June 19, 2015

I Miss Working

I'm going to be real with you all. I'm at about 5 months in to being a stay at home mom and I have come to find that I miss working a tiny bit. Call me crazy but I believe it really makes sense. Almost a decade of habit doesn't go away overnight.

I sure don't miss the bad things about work, such as the long commute, dealing with other people's bad moods (yeah, I said it), etc. However, I do miss the good stuff. I miss the routine. I miss producing a meaningful, good product of work. I miss deadlines -- boy, do I love me some deadlines. The cat is out of the bag, you all. I'm a Grade A nerd that loves to organize things, meet deadlines and produce a good, quality of work. So, I guess you could say I'm a little worksick. It's kind of like being homesick but you've got to be a little crazy in order to come down with a case of worksickness.

Please don't get me wrong; I absolutely love being Piper's mommy, and the fact that I get to stay at home with her is a bold and underlined dream come true. But, that doesn't mean that I don't miss working, too. I enjoy working. And so, I have come up with a solution. It took me a couple months to get everything settled, but I'm finally up and operational.

My new work space.

I have begun working my own schedule, doing my own kind of work. My schedule is: whenever I want, but mostly during Piper's naps. My own kind of work includes working with Sponsors for this blog, hobby photography, and running an Etsy store. I'm my own boss of a few different ventures now and I'm loving it!

Like mother like daughter.

These "jobs" have been satisfying my craving for work. It's the best of both worlds. I can work whenever I want, and however much I want. If I'm feeling restless, some weeks I "work" every day during each of Piper's naps. Other weeks, I only work once or twice. The best thing is that I get to do this all while parenting Piper exactly how (my husband and) I want. I'm living the dream over here, my dream.

I can tell you that I don't have it all figured out but, I know that I've come a long way from where I was a couple months ago. Being a stay at home mom was exactly what I wanted, but when I started feeling worksick, I felt a little confused. If being a stay at home mom was what I wanted, why did I miss my old life sometimes? My confusion is gone now, and I am so, so excited that I found my own "best of both worlds".

If you're a stay at home mom, and you feel worksick, I just want to say: don't feel bad about it! I wish I could go back and tell this to myself. There are plenty of things you can do to satisfy that nerdy-working-need all while taking care of your little one. It only took me a few months to figure it out, but I'm so glad that I did.

Readers, have you ever worked as a stay at home mom or dad? Do you hope to stay at home with your child(ren) one day? What is a nerdy-working confession of yours?


  1. I was a SAHM for about year after I lost my job... long story short, I am not wired to be a full time SAHM :) I work full time now, but I think my ideal situation would be to work part time 25-30 hrs/week. It's stressful, not getting home until 5:30/6:00 every night and then having to get dinner on the table, feed the kids, bathe kids, and get them in bed by 8. I would love to work like 8-2 or something like that. Congratulations on finding something that works for you, and satisfies your desire for a little work structure!

  2. With my 13 yr old, all I wanted was to stay home.but I had to work. Now, with my two year.old I am staying home and totally miss work some days. I don't have a."hobby" or something for me so.I don't have that happy medium yet.....two.years later!

    1. Hi Lynn, thanks for commenting! I had been doing all of the hobbies I have now prior to having Piper so it wasn't too hard for me to go back and put more time into them. I hope you can find a hobby that gives you that happy medium!! :)

  3. You guys have the cutest house and great decorating! I kinda suck in the decorating department. Have you thought about ever doing any of the sell from home things like jamberry or the wrap things everyone seems to do? I have bunch of friends who do and the ones who invest time into it seem to bring in some decent cash. Just a thought if you're into that kind of thing.

    1. Great ideas. I tried something similar (Avon) in the past and I didn't enjoy it as much as the things I'm doing now :) Thanks for the thought, though!!