I am so passionate about this topic because it is a challenge that I have been willing to accept. I am all about busting the myths of being a wife at home and making it something more. Maybe it starts with believing that women can do a lot of great things, even in the corporate world. I am not sure. I think one of the reasons why I wanted to start a blog about the home, was because of this.
Working my butt off to make my home a safe place is great and all, but knowing why I am doing it is what keeps me focused. As you read this, keep in mind that I am fully aware that working from home is not for everyone. It was something I chose because I could. I wanted this type of challenge. Some might prefer the challenge of working in the corporate world, it's totally cool.
Have you spent a portion of time being at home and it drove you nuts? Especially if you are used to the routine of waking up, going to work, and coming home to relax. After finishing my work outside of the home, I didn't realize how much adjusting I had to do. Being home all the time made me want to do one of two things:
Clean the house like a maniac till Chris got home because that is what I did when I got home from work in the past.
Not do anything at all except watch a show online and make myself a snack because that is what you do when you get home from work.
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I want to emphasize that I am very grateful for the opportunity to be home. This isn't a post about how bad I have it, stirring with boredom alone here. Yes, I have had clouded thoughts of ungratefulness, but it's completely selfish really. I do want to say that it takes great discipline to set your own schedule and motivation. There isn't a boss giving you deadlines or customers to please. Chris doesn't even have huge expectations, just me. So I have to take charge of my life and make things happen otherwise negativity sets in.
It has been a year since I've been working from home and it has been quite the journey. Most of what I do is household duties and fixing up the house where I can. I think that what has been the hardest thing to work through, here, is the guilt of it. It is pretty commonplace for a woman to work outside of the home these days. I sometimes think, "Maybe I should have a job that provides a more consistent paycheck to cushion our lives a bit more." Then I remember why I am doing this.
Our focus has never been on the money. God has been gracious in allowing us the opportunity to live on just one consistent income and to have this home. What we have chosen to make a priority is family. Ya, we don't have kids yet but we are preparing for it by making this a lifestyle. We've also found that the more money we have the more we find we want. It takes the focus away from our truest desires and clouds our judgment. Instead, we fully depend on God for our need and plan accordingly.
When it was commonplace for a woman to work in the home, things were simple and families spent more time together. One thing that I am extremely grateful for is the ability to practice this lifestyle with the freedoms I have as a woman today. We can vote, work in corporate if we want to, and defy the odds freely. Society might put expectations out there for what I should be, but I have the freedom to fly solo. There are so many benefits in this as well!
When we have kids, we won't have to worry about who will watch the kids when they come home sick from school. Those appointments done during the day are set. Dropping off packages at the post office is a breeze and our weekends are left open for being together or tackling a project if we wish. Someone is always at home base, managing the fort. It might not be for everyone, but it is something that I find great value in.
I would love to share more on this in the future to put away any doubts. If you would love to make the switch to this type of lifestyle, I would love to connect. Already living the home life? I would love to know more about why you work from home. What are some goals you have? What keeps you on track without anyone to hold you accountable? Have any questions? Comment below.