As a mom who has worked both from home and outside of home, I can honestly say I ADORE working from home. I become even more enamored with my work at home setup when I am home for the summer. I know things happen for a reason and I had to go back to the classroom this past year, but I still feel as though I am not fulfilling what I really want when I’m working outside the home. Working from home full time last year enabled me to work at my own pace and it provided me full access to my son who was really struggling with his diagnosis and all the changes that came with it at the time. Being home provided me with mental peace of mind and physical proximity to my kids when they needed me most.
As a mom and teacher who is super organized, I embraced working from home and really ran with it. I woke up as if I were waking up to work in the classroom and did my work and met deadlines that were required from brands that I was working with. I continued to learn as much as I could. Not being social media or tech savvy was difficult, but through that time I learned a great deal. Whoever says working from home is NOT a full time job, they told a lie! It’s a full time job and more! How about when those children are home for holiday breaks and you have no help?, as it was in my case. They were right by my side as I worked away, but I organized my time in a way so that I could be mom for them but still worked when they were involved in something else, as I do now during the summertime.
Working from home enabled me to travel and speak at conferences, which would not have happened had I been in the classroom. It opened me up and gave me this sense of confidence that I knew I had but was unable to touch before. I find myself turning down speaking gigs that are offered to me because I know that I have no help from anyone to watch our boys and that traveling to speak may conflict with me being in the classroom. It’s heartbreaking for me as I am very passionate about social media and the blogging world now. I enjoy supporting my fellow blogueras and blogging communities, and being active in the space, at conferences and writing as much as I can.
Although bills don’t pay themselves, it truly helps when you are passionate about what you do, but you can also tend to your family in a manner that works for you. Working outside of my home, I always feel guilty when I miss my boys’ performances or when class moms are chosen and I can’t apply. It’s hurtful when your child feels as though you are never around. When I worked from home, I also didn’t feel guilty as if I was neglecting my classroom children when I chose to spend time with my own or vice versa. When I worked from home, it allowed me to drop my kids off at school in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. My boys were happy and they knew I was happy because I was doing something that made me feel complete on both my mommy side and my career side. So when many say, “you have the best job in the world,” I beg to differ. I know we can’t have it all… but I still want it all. I want to be able to tend to my children and still be able to feel valued as a woman and professional. I love to work and contribute to my household, but why can’t I have it all? Is it really too much to ask for?
Care to share: Would you rather work from home or work outside of home? Why or why not?