Thank you to Shop Pink Blush for providing the look for today’s post
Big changes are coming to the Stratton Household. This is my last week at work, and it is extremely bittersweet.
I had the blessing of scoring a job working completely from home, on social media, making a salary pay. And I gave it all up for her.
While so many moms dream of a stay at home job, let me tell you it’s harder than most jobs that are in person. I was supposed to only work 40 hours a week, ya know the norm, but if you are a social media user you’ll understand how hard it is to shut it off and stay logged out. I was finding myself working at 5 am or 10 pm when I was supposed to be clocked out. This isn’t a complaint, because I absolutely LOVED it. But I realized I was putting my baby on the back burner and not being the best mom I could be. If you read my last post, you’ll know that my dream was to always be a mom. To be technical, it was my dream to be a stay at home mom. I didn’t want to miss out on a second of my babies lives and would take happiness over a paycheck any day.
When my best friend, and caregiver for Sav, told me she was moving it threw a wrench in my tracks, but a good wrench. I had been struggling with my work/life balance for the past month or two and this was the sign I needed that told me I need to be home now.
I loved my job and while I’m not longer working there, I plan to take all of the skills I learned with social media marketing and apply it to my blogging life. There are skills and lifelong friendships that can never be forgotten, so for that I am thankful.
Ultimately, my mental health and body have been suffering. I was constantly feeling stressed and torn between working and taking care of a baby which isn’t good for anyone’s mental state. Also without me realizing, I had began to skip meals and not stay hydrated because any “down time” I had was spent working or breast pumping. I am below my pre pregnancy weight and I need to work on getting back up to a healthier me, which is super important since I am providing nourishment for another human too.
People will most likely call me crazy for quitting, which I probably am a little, but being there for her is my number one priority. I was ignoring her cries for phone calls and would feel guilty for having to choose between the two. She now has my full undivided attention, and that’s the best Work from Home job I could ever ask for!
Leaving my career also allows me to have more time for my blog, which is where I feel like it all started. I’m excited to take it to the next level and continue to work with companies. Also, I now get to spend all day in my pajamas if I want to which is super awesome, especially when I have cute ones like these from Shop Pink Blush to lounge in. I don’t have to start work at a certain time, and although I’m now “working” 24/7 my little boss rewards me in cuddles and I no longer have to choose where my time is going.
Here’s to the next chapter of becoming a stay at home mom, my dream job.