Monday, January 30, 2012

Smile and life will grow

I got married six days after graduating from college. My husband found a job before I did and before I knew it we were moving to Indianapolis, IN (and have moved two more times since!). We're native Hoosiers so we're not talking a huge transition. In a rush to find myself a job as well,  I took what I promised myself would be a temporary job at a day care center.  Who knew I would partially enjoy my work there as not only a teacher but as someone who had to step up in a time of crisis more than once and help run the center. Before I knew it four years had passed and we found ourselves expecting our first child. During my pregnancy I decided to break out and attempt a career in Public Relations. After our daughter was born I landed several interviews with PR firms in Indianapolis, however, nothing prepared me for the connection I would have with my child that would cause me to rethink my whole future. Suddenly, the thought of putting her in the same environment I had worked in for four years sent me into a panic and made me sick to my stomach.  I knew then that my purpose at that time was to be a stay at home mom when just a year prior I never even had that on my radar.  I made my daughter and my husband my life but I also wasn't prepared for the sacrifices.  After 5 years I feel the day has come to make time for myself and follow the dreams I had envisioned a lifetime ago (o.k..ten years might not be a lifetime but it certainly seems that way).  Now, a new life chapter begins. Smile and life will grow around you in unexpected ways.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Welcome to my blog! My focus of this blog is to chronicle my life as a stay at home mom and my transition into a career and finally....something to call own. 

I never intended to be a stay at home mom. In college I attended class full time and worked a 25 hour a week job while maintaining a long distance relationship with my soon to be husband. My soul focus was on my future in Public Relations and creating a life around my career...not a career around my life. However, as I have learned through the years...nothing turns out the way you expect it to. I enjoyed college even though I didn't live on campus.  No, I lived with my parents and commuted 30 minutes to school everyday. Often I had class until 10 p.m. and then often stayed for meetings for the Public Relations Student Society of America.  After getting home at 11:30 or so I would then stay up until 1 a.m. studying or writing a paper.  In between school and home I would go back and forth to work as well. This was my life--for five years!  Might sound like I am complaining, but I'm not. I thrived on that. I loved deadlines and having a full schedule of work, school, and clubs. After all that--here I am--a stay at home mom. How did that happen? A combination of life's obstacles crashed together into what I can now describe as God's will......