THE BIG NEWS
At the beginning of the year I set a goal for myself to see if this was something realistic and doable. I had treated it like a hobby before when I first started because it connected me with so many women and moms I loved and admired. That was all it was about for me- simply sharing and creating content my readers and followers will enjoy. Never did I imagine the opportunities it will bring to me and my family and the brand partnerships that came along with it. I never thought I would be able to support my family with something that has brought so much joy to my life nor that I would surpass that “goal” I initially had at the beginning of the year nor surpass my husband’s income that I would finally be able to quit my job and pursue this DREAM OF MINE. This decision did not come without hard work, late nights, early mornings, and sacrifice.
HOW IT ALL STARTED. I originally started my blog when I just had Ryan and Elyse and was going to school full time. I was working Thursday through Sunday and my kids were still little. Life was so chaotic for me at that moment as I tried to juggle it all going from one child to two and I wanted a creative outlet- this is where The Busy Life Plus Two came from. Fast forward a year later and I’m pregnant again with Luke and then I changed it to The Busy Life Plus Three- and it’s stayed this way ever since.
SAYING GOOD BYE TO MY JOB . After my last pregnancy I cried at the thought of going back to work. Deep down I knew this job was not for me. My calling has always been motherhood, although I know that is not for everyone. For the longest I wanted to leave my job and be more present with my kids during the weekends it was a tough call to make because of all the history I had with my company. I started working here since I was in high school. I had just turned 18 when I got hired. I was managing being a high school senior, still active with cheerleading and now adding a part time job that required late shifts and working all weekend long. Pretty much what you called working that retail life!
FOR ALL THE WORKING MOMS. I cannot express this with much words. What I know is I have a whole new appreciation for working moms. From all that I learned these past nine years since becoming a mom. Working mothers are incredibly brave. It’s not easy to face the criticism that they face for not staying at home. It is difficult to balance work demands and the demands of home life. It is sometimes impossible to be the best employee when your number one priority is trying everyday to be the best mom you can possibly be, but thousands of women do it everyday. These women are amazing, and I seriously applaud them. Coming back to work with 3 kids was hard for me and all I craved at that time was having the flexibility to work freely at my own time with my own schedule yet be at home too while doing it. And I can now say I have found my passion and cannot wait to pursue it FULL TIME FROM HOME.