A major life change has been tossed our way: I am going back to work next spring. Our original plan was for me to be a stay-at-home-mom until our youngest was in school, at which time I would pursue part-time work. I never really planned on being a driven career woman; I still want to be home when the kids get home from school, watch their soccer games, and be around for play dates to make sure they aren’t getting into unnecessary mischief.
However, an exciting opportunity has arisen and we both feel it’s too good to pass up. A great friend of mine is a successful real estate agent in our town and she has asked me to partner with her! So, I am presently working my way through the Real Estate course and plan to start working once I get my license this spring.
The timing is a little crazy, but I am excited. Finding time to do my course work and reading is proving to be a challenge, but it feels good to use the academic side of my brain that’s been collecting dust.
I am torn about the time I’ll be spending away from our kids, but maybe I’ll be one of those women who is a better mom since she works outside of the home and has a life outside of her children that makes her appreciate her time with them even more. Or something.
Everyone I know is struggling to find balance between work and life and marriage and kids and household responsibilities and health and friends. And I know full well that one can stay home full-time with her kids and not be all that engaged in the day-to-day stuff of life.
There are many unknowns that lie ahead for us as we try this new path, but it’s worth taking nonetheless. If it turns out to be a poor fit, or if our family is suffering, we will (of course) re-evaluate.
I’m curious, though: did your plans for work change and shift as your family grew? Or are you sticking to the original plan? If you work outside of the home, are you pleased with the situation? Any tips for making it a positive, balanced lifestyle for your family?