Parker (my youngest) will be five in June. Following my maternity leave after his birth, we decided it was best for all of us for me to be a stay at home mom. It works well for our family and I really love it. LOVE it. Without divulging details about my previous job, it was an easy decision to make at the time. And I honestly cannot imagine not being here for my kids early years. Please know this is just me and I know not every family can make such a choice or decision. Let's throw in the Amy Poehler "good for her, not for me" quote from Yes Please here. I greatly admire and respect working moms and am not debating it at all.
In the fall, Parker starts all-day kindergarten, and I'm entering a bit of a crossroads about how I will spend my time with no one at home to care for during the day. Should I go back to work? If not in the same field I am educated and trained in, then what? Work at home on my own or work in an office? Part time or full time? And perhaps mostly importantly to me, what do I like to do? What am I good at? How can I translate that into something that I 1.) enjoy, 2.) is fulfilling and 3.) helps contribute financially to our family? Is that too much to ask?
I've been very fortunate with the scrapbooking and design opportunities I've had over the last few years, but I'm pretty certain "professional paper crafter" will never be on my resumé. I'm totally okay with that, because I enjoy playing with photos and pretty supplies, even if (especially if) it's just for me. I've run a pretty successful (to me) Etsy shop - sending out 1600 orders in the last 3 years. And Blurb continues to print and ship my 20 Questions books regularly. They were fabulous options for me to make some money while flexing my creative muscle, all while I stayed at home with my little ones. And boy did I learn a lot in the process. I'm so very grateful for all of that, but I wonder what's next for me, professionally?
While looking for books to add to my Amazon wish list, I stumbled upon Now, Discover Your Strengths. I watch Marie Forleo's Q&A Tuesday videos and remember her mentioning this book several weeks ago, so I put the copy that my library had on hold and was able to pick it up yesterday. Yup, I'm already reading two other books and I totally just broke my no-more-nonfiction books rule, but oh well. I'm really excited to dig into this one and see if I can brainstorm some ideas and / or reignite my passions to pursue further. Whether I decide to re-enter the workforce, or try something new on my own, I'm excited about the possibilities.