I Did It – I Officially Quit My Job

I created Mom’s Plans at the end of March, 2009.  At the time, my second child was 5 months old, I was on maternity leave, and I was on a mission to quit my job to become a stay-at-home mom.  Unfortunately, my husband was unable to graduate with his Ph.D. as we had planned, so when my leave was up in August, 2009, I returned to work. 

Unbeknownst to me, I was also 3 weeks pregnant with baby number three.  🙂  Honestly, I don’t remember much of those 8 months I was back at work before baby number 3 was born.  I know I was insanely busy with two kids, my full-time job, the blog, my eBay business and pregnancy.  When I had baby 3, I was granted another generous maternity leave/leave of absence, so I was able to try my hand at making a living from home.  The Saved Quarter Challenge posts reflect my endeavors.

Last week, I had to give my notice at work if I was going to quit.  I have had my job since 2000, and while I didn’t care for the job itself, I did enjoy the company of my colleagues.  That was the hardest part of quitting, along with the uncertainity a person like me, who loves to plan and control everything, feels.  My husband still has not graduated; we are planning on him graduating in September, but much of that depends on his advisor.  Quitting my job was indeed a leap of faith.

Last week was momentous for us–I quit my job officially, I had a colonoscopy which came back clear (I have now outlived my father who died of colon cancer at 38 by two years, so it was a huge relief to know everything is fine), and I began making multiple trips to Once Upon a Child to officially close my eBay business.  And you know what?  I couldn’t be happier.  I feel this tremendous weight off my shoulders, as if I am shedding layers of heaviness.

The time was right to move on.  Now, I am finally able to stay home with my kids, and I am also pursuing a life long dream of being a writer.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds.


  1. Congratulations!!!! Someday I dream of doing the same thing… Hope you enjoy every moment with your family!

  2. Congratulations on quitting your job and your clear colonoscopy!! That is excellent news all around.

  3. Hey 🙂 it’s good to know that you’re cleared of the burden that has been on you for quite some time! You’re a busy person, just like me! How could you manage all those that you mentioned? I’m a full time student with a part time job and managing my blog plus opening up my own hosting site before July. I feel so stressed up! Anyway, I’m glad you’re finally enjoying yourself now 🙂 all the best to your husband in his phD!

  4. Melissa,
    It is truly a leap of faith to give up your job, however, if we don’t follow our hearts when we are young, we may live to regret what we didn’t get to do! I’m impressed, and I’m anxious to follow all your successes!

  5. Fantastic! Very happy for you to be able to do what is in your heart!
    I look forward to following your journey.

  6. Rachel H says:

    Good job!!! And the best of luck to you!!! 🙂

  7. Congratulations to you! I am working on being able to quit my job as well. It has been a long hard past 5 years but I know it will pay off. I am so happy for you and wish you the best of luck!!

  8. Congrats! I hope the journey you are now on provides you with much enjoyment and more peace. 🙂

  9. Good luck! My wife quit her job before our first child was born in 2009 and neither of us have regretted the decision once!

  10. congrats on quitting your job! You will never regret choosing to spend more time with your children!! Best of luck in all you do! I quite enjoy your blog!

  11. Congratulations!!! I’m thrilled for you! 🙂

  12. Congratulations!!! Your blog is such an inspiration to the rest of us! 🙂

  13. Congratulations. I am very happy for you. This is great.

  14. Jennifer says:

    I think that is awesome. I am a stay at home mom and it is a leap of faith. I love your blog by the way.

  15. Big congratulations!

    Question for you: Does your husband work while he is finishing his degree? I was curious if there is any income coming in.

    Also, congrats on the PR! Mine moved to a 4 and I couldn’t be more giddy today:).

  16. Congratulations! It’s great to see you found a close by consignment shop to help that closing process go quicker and I can imagine you will be more productive now that you are ‘doing’ what you really want. For me, the biggest weakness in working from home is enjoying the flexibility so much that I don’t get the work done each day I should. Praying for discipline for you so that you only see improvement in reaching your goals.

  17. Congrats on making the leap! I was raised by my stay at home mom and I am a very well rounded individual 🙂 Your kids will benefit the most.

  18. rebecca says:

    Congratulations!! How fantastic!!!

    Additionally, I know exactly what your husband is going through as well… the academic system can be very hard on students — I, too, kept waiting for my advisor to give me the go-ahead to graduate. It is frustrating to have one person control your life so much1 Tell him to stay strong, too. I, did, and persistence paid off – I finished my PhD in ’09. 🙂

  19. I don’t know you personally, though I feel like I know you from reading your blog. Nevertheless, I’m crying tears of happiness for you!! Before my kids were born, when we knew we wanted to become parents, I quit my job and started working from home. It’s been a hard road, but I wouldn’t change a thing. So proud of my fellow WAHM!!

    • Melissa says:

      Thank you. I appreciate the well wishes. What do you do from home? Just curious. 🙂

      • I started out as a public relations and marketing consultant, which includes a great deal of freelance writing (press releases, marketing plans, byline articles, brochures, etc.). Now, that’s expanded to include social media consulting and ghostwriting all the way up to book-length projects. 🙂 I’ve been on my own (and working largely as a subcontractor for marketing/PR/ad agencies) for more than a decade now.

        • Melissa says:

          It sounds like staying home and working from the beginning was a great move for you! I can only hope for the same success. 🙂

  20. Congrats on quitting your job AND your clean colonoscopy! Both are are equally important for your health. Enjoy those babies. I am happy for you.

  21. What a happy post to read. Congratulations!

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