Where Will I land?
I have taken the last 8 years off to be a stay at home mom. And I have loved it! But the kids are getting older, we need more income coming in, and I am ready to work. I am getting restless at home (even though I volunteer quite a bit). Momma Brown is searching for a job. And the time is now.
I have been sending resumes, making calls, emailing like a maniac, networking, etc. Whew! This is a job within itself.
I think being out of the workforce for 8 years makes it challenging no matter what anyone says. Even though being a stay at home mom is the toughest yet most fulfilling job I have ever held, many do not see it that way.
Let’s talk about that for a minute. Stay at home moms. I was doing well in the world of pharmaceutical advertising and truly loved my job. I never dreamed of being a stay at home mom. Never. Until it took me 5 years to get pregnant, and when baby Zoe popped out, I knew I wanted to stay at home.
I tried going back for three months. There was a part of me that could not let go. I had worked so hard to climb the corporate ladder and I was still holding on with one hand. But most of me was swinging into mom mode. Being at home with my baby . And after trying to bring my baby to work and to work from home; I resigned. I was a stay at home mom.
There were days when I missed going into an office and having adult conversations that did not evolve around baby stuff. But, I have never regretted giving up my career for 8 years. My career became my kids. And boy, did I learn a lot. Stuff I never dreamed of.
It takes a lot of organization, coordination, skills, patience, etc. to be a mom. Especially when you are home with kids all day. I got really good at finding places to go, locating free activities, scouting out moms’ groups, and putting together field trips. We did a lot. I needed to get out for my own sanity. Did I mention that I had my second child 16 months after having Zoe. Whew!
Which is where I am now. Getting out. I love volunteering at the girls’ school, blogging, and working on my book. But I need to get out. To be with other adults working on a project or a cause. Using all the skills I have acquired over the years. And earning some money. That would be nice too.
Being not only a mom, wife, and friend but a….marketing executive? Advertising executive? Or???
I have been applying to many jobs in my old realm of comfort – advertising and marketing, and none of those are panning out. At least not right now. Just got an email this morning saying they had more qualified candidates for a position that sounded good. So I am starting to wonder if there is something else out there. Maybe I am not going down the right path?
Life coaching? Counseling? I do have a masters degree in counseling. I love people. Helping people create the life they want? Maybe it is time to revisit that? It feels right. Always a good sign.
But a little scary too. Venturing out of one’s routine and daily rituals can be a little unsettling at first. A good thing though. Trying new stuff in life. And deep down, I know I am ready.
As I start this new journey of finding (or creating) a job, I realize that I need to open myself up to opportunities, and trust that there is a job out there for me. Believing that it is just a matter of time.
So I am going to continue on my quest. If you hear of anything let me know. And I will keep you posted. And no matter what, I will continue to blog, tweet, and work on my book. Promise!