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My life being a stay at home mom vs working mom

Home vs work. Both are work. Both add value to our family. Both contribute to purpose and one isn’t better then the other.

It’s been nearly 3 months that I started working outside the home after being a stay at home mom for about 10 years. I got a job in my field as an early childhood educator, doing a similar job I did before having children of our own.
These first three months have been a whirlwind for me. Emotions and adjustment both at an all time high and low at the same time.

Thrilled to be finally contributing to our family finances. I’m still adjusting to missing the ride home from school where I got to be the first to hear about their day.

Happy to be back in the work force doing what I know I’m good at – connecting with families and encouraging parents.
Sad that when the kids are sick or have a day off school it is no longer an easy decision who stays home – it was always me.

I was finally into a routine of taking care of myself in terms of eating and exercise.

Now, there have been so many times that I miss breakfast or don’t make my lunch that I end up eating out. Not only is that wasting my money, it’s also causing me to gain back any weight I lost. So needless to say, I’m feeling blah about it.
My time with my family is more precious and intentional. I had figured out each my children’s love language and did what I could to meet their needs and fill their love tanks. Now, all of a sudden all three girls have the primary love language of quality time – lol.
More often than not my Sunday afternoons are filled with one on one dates with them. Not a bad thing!! It’s just something new.
This week I realized I had to make a decision and do the things I know I need to do. I have to stop living by my feelings! I’ve conquered this struggle in a different area but this time it’s different. When I’m too tired to do something, I need to do it! I need to make time to write this blog more often, I need to make time to go to the gym. My list can seem overwhelming but it’s not.

Time alone in prayer, quality time with Jesus, and deciding to go for it is helping clear my mind. Thinking more about the promises God has spoken to me.

Now I feel much better about where we’re headed. We’re settling into these new routines. My mind and heart feel more refreshed!

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