Today we did a few hours of school – some outdoor fun first, then to workbooks, before I worked on my social media consulting business. I have to admit that balancing family and business is not nearly as difficult this time around as it would have been just a year ago.
I don’t want to speak too fast, though. It’s not like I have assistants or babysitters…this is all juggle work on my heart. It means going to bed pretty late most nights and squeezing in time to work between family fun, meals, and housework.
But at this point in my life, I wouldn’t have it any other way…I really, really miss consulting, and have missed it for quite some time.
So, although I took a few years’ break, I am back in full swing…slowly working my way back up (and I am having to do a lot more than pick up where I left off since so many things in the tech world have changed since 2007).
Granted, my baby (BabyZ) was born in 2007, and I kind of fell off the radar for a while. Low energy (due to a brand new baby, of course!) combined with a poor business infrastructure to begin with meant I really didn’t have the foundation I needed to continue working my business, so I had to let it go. PLUS, I started homeschooling my then-kindergartner that year and had to get into the mode of home education and learn the ropes. PLUS, I really, really needed to get my house in order and work on some housekeeping routines that just kind of weren’t there when I previously worked my business (you know, the kind of housekeeping where you keep organized with weekly menus, grocery lists, organized mail, and monthly budgets). You don’t just learn that stuff overnight and with my head into the business since ’02, and a full time job and graduate school right before that, I really just didn’t have the time to learn it and do it right.
So in 2007, at the birth of my 2nd baby, and the beginning of my homeschooling journey with my oldest daughter, I got my much-needed break: an opportunity to get organized within my family and home.
It’s been a blessing.
I have learned SO much, I’ve developed some routines with keeping organized (the whole nine yards of cleaning, cooking, menu-planning, budgeting, organizing, all that stuff– BUT with the exception of couponing! Anybody got some advice for me on that? I am ready to learn).
Three years came and went. During these past years I’ve been keeping busy with Christian Ladies Connect and Journey of Shalom – two website I’ve been running for Christian women. I’ve also been writing parenting articles for a local parenting magazine, and began keeping a blog about technology for homeschoolers. I’ve loved this journey, but I miss Faith Media (my former business)…so, on to a new start (or re-start).
This will be an interesting experience but probably not all that different from how I did it before (of course, back years ago my then-only-daughter was only about 2 years old, and had a very quiet personality). That pretty much spells E-A-S-Y in the world of working from home.
My second baby is a bit more rambunctious so I gotta keep my eyes on her more. But I remember what it felt like to balance both full-time parenting and business…
So back to my work from home journey.
How long will I homeschool? That’s for the Lord to decide and let me know 🙂 Right now, I LOVE homeschooling and the kids enjoy it and don’t know any different.
I have offered my 8 year old the opportunity to look into private schools one day, and we’ve discussed our options. She fervently told me, “Mom, can you keep homeschooling me for now? I like it and I don’t want to miss my co-op friends”.
So, there you go. Kids are happy, mama’s happy. Of course, that makes papa happy too, because you know, everyone’s happy when mama’s happy.
Will keep you updated on the work at home/homeschooling mix, of course, as the journey proceeds.