Am I the only one who struggles with balancing a career and being a mom? This past year my life has seemed so out of balance that I felt like something needed to change. Yesterday was my last day at my job after 11 years. It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made and I still question did I make the right decision. There are so many questions. Will we be able to make it as a one income family? Is this the right thing for my children? Am I crazy for leaving a secure position? Did I just throw 11 years away to have to start all over when I decide to go back to work? Is my husband really okay with this?
At this point it is time to embrace the decision that was made and make it work. Don’t get me wrong, we definitely talked about it and prayed about it for weeks. We wrote out all of our expenses to make sure we could handle the change. We started cutting back and being more mindful of purchases. Even though I’ve always been in accounting, I am not really good at budgeting on a personal level. Plus as a busy working mother, there were a lot of times that I knew I might be overspending for the sake of convenience.
Yesterday was a long and emotional day. At the end it definitely felt right. I have made some amazing relationships over the last 11 years and I know this is an opportunity to make those even stronger. So when I got home last night, we popped a bottle of Prosecco, ate take out, and continued on with movie night.
I am excited to be embarking on this new adventure. I am beyond thrilled to be able to spend more time with my children. Please continue to follow along on my journey of penny pinching and meal planning! 🙂 I’d love to hear any tips you may have for this transition. I know I am not the only one who has made this life change.
Mary Leigh says
Congratulations, Mama! What a great blessing to have a job you love and to also be able to choose to be home! It’s definitely not always easy, but it’s always worth it!
Thank you Mary Leigh! I have definitely been blessed and am looking forward to this new adventure!
Congratulations! Definitely a leap of Faith- don’t worry He has the safety net around you
Enjoy this journey. Enjoy the extra time with your little one
Thank you Mary! I am looking forward to the journey!
Jennifer Smith says
Way to go girl! Embrace it and it’ll turn out to offer more opportunity than you’d had before!
Thanks Jennifer! I can already see opportunities that would not have been possible without this leap of faith!
Emily @ Pizza @ Pull-ups says
Good luck on your new adventure. I imagine it is a huge leap but I hope it is a wonderful one for you!
Thank you! It has definitely been an adventure so far!
Dianne Theron says
It’s scary because you’re leaving something you know for something you don’t. But being able to spend more time with the kids is the best thing ever! Good luck xx
Thanks Dianne! I am so excited to spend more time with them. I can’t stop planning all the fun things I want to do with them this summer!
Congratulations lady! Wishing you nothing but the very best moving forward! Enjoy those kiddos!
Thank you Jenny! I will! 🙂
Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries says
Congrats!!! It sounds like the right choice to me 🙂
Thanks Corey! I sure hope so!
Anne | Like the morning sun says
Wow, that truly is a leap of faith! You will never regret spending more time with your kids. Good luck with all that will come your way!
It is a hard transition but so so worth it!
Melissa Javan says
All the best on your new adventure ahead. You’re going to do well momma
Crystal // Dreams, etc. says
Good luck on your new adventure! That’s exciting!
Congratulations on beginning your new adventure! I’m a stay-at-home mom and I really enjoy it. I do sometimes miss having a job and feeling like I’m contributing to my family’s finances. This summer I actually got a part time job as an assistant coach for my kids’ swim team. I can still be with them but earn a little extra on the side. I hope you enjoy being at home!