Archive | December 2014

Working Mom Dilemma

Happy end of 2014 and welcome to my 100th post.  I love it when something unplanned comes together.

So, working.  I’m not sure what to do about it.

A few months ago our financial situation was pretty bleak.  I was panicky and started sending resumes off into the abyss looking for jobs in my industry.  I even posted on monster.  The good news is: I got lots of bites.  The bad news is: they weren’t things I was interested in.

Our heads were above water, though barely.  I could afford to be choosy.  Unfortunately, nothing was coming up that made me want to get dressed up and go interview.

A friend suggested I send a resume to her company, so I did.  I heard nothing from them.  That was in.. September?  I got an email this morning from them asking if I was still looking, as they have some upcoming openings.

We’re in a little better financial position now than we were a few months ago.  Not great, but better.  I love being home with my daughter most days.  Some days it is boring, and I really think she and I could both use some interaction with other humans.

My freelance writing business is finally starting to come together.  I scored a big on-going job blogging and writing web content.  It won’t last forever, but it is a stepping stone to bigger and better things.  When I get some time to write I come out of it euphoric – someone is actually paying me to do this!  It’s amazing.

Downsides:  we could use more income.  We don’t have insurance yet, but we do qualify for ACA subsidies.  Our coverage will be crap, but at least it will be cheap.

I’m thinking about going in for the interview just to see what they might be able to offer me.  If the money is right I might be tempted.

On the other hand, I was discussing with my husband how life might change.  Putting Miss P in daycare, what our days will look like getting up early, coming home and making dinner and getting to bed to do it all over again the next day.  Trying to fit a life into a couple of hours a night and the weekends.  We’d have more money but hectic schedules.  We would miss out on a lot of Miss P’s development.

I think I’m leaning toward staying home and trying to expand the writing business.  I want to write, be my own boss, and still have time for my daughter and the freedom to explore the world during the day.  My husband admits that even though he works life isn’t all that hectic because I have the time to take care of things at home.

Life is good.  If we keep going this direction maybe it would get better.  I hope so.