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Something big happened today.
My baby started school. It’s been a long time coming, and now that it’s suddenly here I feel all sorts of emotion.
I’ve been planning away in the background for this day and all the forthcoming weeks and months.
Because for the first time in 8 years, my life is now mine again (between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm of course!).
The Stay-at-Home Mum
When I made the decision to become a stay-at-home mum, it was because mentally and physically, it was a real struggle to work full-time with a 7-month-old baby who was waking up 3 or 4 times a night. To add to that, my husband was a shift-worker, doing 12 hours from 6 am – 6 pm in the daytime, and 6 pm – 6 am at night.
With my Other Half often absent and then being so tired when he was home, I felt like I was doing everything by myself with no down-time (and often very little sleep). There were other issues happening in the background, which for personal reasons I won’t share, but it was a difficult time. Ultimately, I was working in a job I hated, for average money, to pay someone else to bring up my child. I was exhausted, and it made no sense.
So, we took a pay cut. We went from a two-income household to a single-income household.
I’ll be honest, things were tight for a long time! I budgeted (though not properly at the time), but we always had credit cards and used them as ‘back-up’ frequently. And while they always remained just about manageable, they weren’t getting paid off. Then, as my husband worked harder, he progressed through his organisation. He received pay rises over the years, and with that extra money, we bought things on finance. So the debt got bigger.
While I’ve always been so grateful to be able to stay at home and bring up my babies, I’ve always disliked not having my own income. Which is why, over the years, I’ve tried different ways to work from home, which is how this blog was born.
The Work-at-Home Mum
Now that I’m on the cusp of going somewhere, it’s as though everything is falling into place. My youngest baby is now in school, freeing up my time to fully focus on growing this blog. I’ve already started planning my weeks and months for the year, and I bought this diary to help me. I love it, as it has a week-to-view, To Do Lists, Goals, Birthdays, and so much more.
It’s ironic, as I’ve always maintained that I’m quite disorganised, but being self-employed (and a parent, too) means you have to GET organised. There’s no way around it. If you want to be successful, you need to be ready.
You need to plan your life.
So, while I’m a mess of emotion today, I’m also very excited. Because today is the start of a new chapter in my life, and this is where it begins.