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.