Four years ago I quit my job as director of marketing communications for a small juvenile product company to stay home with my kids.
Four years ago, I had a new “boss”.
It’s been both amazing and frustrating being home with the kids. I can honestly say that I have never, not for one minute, regretted being home with them. It’s what I needed to do and I’ve always felt really good about my decision. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t missed aspects of the working world.
I haven’t been at “at home” to the fullest extent though. I’ve tried to keep my toes in the marketing world through contract and freelance work. It’s worked really well for me and the family, giving me freedom, flexibility and a little bit of extra cash.
But the end may be approaching.
We (Jason and I) are starting to talk about me returning to work full-time. Miss E starts kindergarten next fall and while it’s a year away, it will be here before I know it.
My current contract ends at the end of the month. I don’t think I’m going to seek anything out to fill that void, at least for now. I’m going to enjoy this time by actually being at home. I’m going to go through the house and clean out the “junk”. I want to start a few house projects, research hard wood floors, new counter tops etc. I want to volunteer in the kid’s classes as much as I can and help out at their schools. I don’t know what’s coming so I want to take advantage of the time I currently have.
Since I’ve had a taste of being at home and working outside the home, I would love to find a nice blend of the two. In my fantasy world, I find a nice 7:30 to 3:30 job that allows me to pick up the kids from school, help them with their homework and just generally be there a bit more than I would with a regular 8:30 to 5:30 job. That might not exist but for now, I’m going to pretend it’s an option.
In the meantime, I’m going to just live my life. Time isn’t slowing down, that’s for sure.