When my daughter was 1, I quit working to stay home. Shortly after, I found out I was pregnant with my son. I have loved being home with them but I also like to work. I know I contribute a lot for our family by being home but I just have always desired to earn some sort of income for my family.
With having 2 little ones it wasn’t feasible financially for me to work outside the home that would require us to have to put the kids in daycare. Really that’s what I didn’t want to do. Not that I think staying at home is the only thing mothers should do, I know that each family is different and different things work for different families. My mother had to work my entire childhood because she really didn’t have a choice. Because our financial fate didn’t require me to work outside I just didn’t want to put the kids in daycare because I still had the desire to have some sort of career.
When I first heard about women working from home I got really excited! I just couldn’t believe I could actually be with my kids, help with homework, and be there when they were sick. My desire to be flexible and be available for my family outweighed my desire to have some sort of a career. I began looking into anything and everything I could.
I did many different things, direct sales, childcare, and when they both started school worked a little part time outside of the home. I never enjoyed any of these at all. I dreaded doing all of these things and because I wasn’t the primary bread winner and we didn’t depend on my pay check to eat I quit those. I know that there are many women who do these things and are very successful and love doing them but I never could muster enough passion to truly love it. Like with direct sales, I liked the companies (and yes I have tried many, many companies) and the products but was never truly passionate about the products. The women that are really successful with them don’t just like the products they love it! They don’t just sell things they share something they love and you can really tell a difference when someone is passionate about what they are doing and not just trying to make money.
That’s what I wanted. I wanted to find something that I was passionate about. I wanted to love something and be somewhat good at it. I wanted my passion and joy about doing something push me past the difficult parts that weren’t fun or successful. I want the drive to succeed.
Looking for something that fit all my requirements (able to be flexible and available for my family, primarily work from home, and love what I am doing) took a lot of thought. I finally decided to jump in and attempt a childhood dream. It was extremely scary but I am so glad I took that leap. I decided that I want to become a writer and from there my blog was born. I have only been writing for about 6 months and each week I’m growing and improving. I have yet to monetize my blog and that’s okay because I want this to be a lasting career that I love. I’m not in it for the money, I’m in it because I love it. I have realized that writing is a part of who I am. I have many goals and dreams for my career as a writer and little by little I will get there.
My family has been extremely supportive and I have noticed that they are excited that I am excited about something. My husband is incredible because he wanted me to have something that I love doing. I have always felt guilty about not being fully satisfied staying home. Then I would also feel guilty that I wanted to love my job when so many people don’t really have a choice and have to work whether they like what they are doing or not. Guilt can steal so much from you though and decided to just let it go and do whatever worked for us. I’m incredibly thankful to have such an amazingly supportive family.
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Alicia is from Mississippi but currently lives in Texas with her husband and their two fabulous kids. She is a recovering people pleaser and a hippy wannabe. She blogs over at Hippy Juice Mama about life, books, and slowly switching her family over to a natural lifestyle.
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