Friday, October 12, 2012

My "Ah ha" moment

A few weeks ago I tried out a new endeavor--freelance writing for what I will call a 'content mill'.  Let's just say it hasn't gone the way I had hoped. For pocket change maybe it is not so bad.  Working for clients who request an article that entails at least an hour or more of research, writing the article, proofreading, and possible rewrites with a 24 hr. deadline and in the end for what it costs to go to a fast food restaurant for one person? No thank you.

I continue to consider getting a job outside the home.  I felt, however, that I HAD to get a job in order to feel as though I am doing something..anything.  I thought that since my daughter wasn't here for 7 hours a day that I did not have a job anymore. The other day after I ran around the house cleaning everything in sight (because I am slightly OCD, but that is another post in and of itself!) , fed the dogs, ran to the bank, returned books the library, balanced the bank account and paid bills, ran to the grocery store, picked my daughter up from school, and took her to Girl Scouts, I finally had 50 minutes to go for a walk.  During my walk around the reservoir at our town park I had that "ah ha" moment....the moment that had been waiting since Kindergarten started---I DO have a job!

Whether my daughter is at school or not, I still have a job to do. It is a job that keeps me busy all day. It is a job I have been blessed to have for the last six years thanks to my husband.  It is a job a lot of mothers wish they had day to day.  It is a very important job no matter what some people may think. Just because I have this path does not negate my degree. Whether I ever use it or not, my degree was an accomplishment that I won't regret.

Not to say I am forever a stay at home mom.  If the right career path comes along I will jump in with both feet and a crap load of enthusiasm, but until that time comes I am o.k. with shouting from the tallest mountain that I DO have a job! Taking care of a little girl, my husband, two dogs, and our house is a job and my degree can collect a little bit more dust until the right time and right career becomes clear.

1 comment:

  1. Love your post! Yes we (stay at home mom/wife) do have a real job! I enjoy my downtime when everyone is off to school and work, but I really work my butt off for my family. Why is it we feel guilty? If we had a "real job" we would feel guilty about not being able to do what needs to be done with our family. I give up...I'm just going to enjoy the ride and see where it takes me!


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