I began Iluvem as a stay at home mom. However in August, my youngest would become a full time kindergartner and I was left with a choice. Surely, I could continue down this path, right? I could volunteer. I could be Logan’s Home Room Mom and Kylie’s Girl Scout Leader. I could also go back to school. I could spend that semester with just 2 classes maybe. 2 classes to start is reasonable. Instead, I chose the path I knew best. I went back to work.
In nearly 5 years, I’ve had 6 interviews; 3 of which I was told in no uncertain terms that I was the perfect fit for their company. None of which actually panned out. We were still in a recovering economy. I reminded myself but I knew the truth. I had been out of the workforce far too long. For too many employers, my free lance/volunteer work was neither here nor there. Writing “Not Applicable” in the salary box of each prior experience dating back to 2009 had left me invaluable and too much of a risk. Furthermore, I had children- young children.
I submitted over 100 applications last July. I applied for every open job in the area. Miraculously, within moments of submitting of a few of those applications, I’d receive a return call only to find out the company wished to hire me to sell hair serum at Costco. I was discouraged, yes, but thought it only fair to exacerbate this option before signing up for Spring Semester.
As you know, I did get hired. I have been a working mother of 2 for 5 months now. I was a working mother on the first day of school. I was a working mom on Halloween and a working mom throughout Winter Break.
So often I hear, “I don’t know how you do it.” I’ve heard it so much I began contemplating it myself. How do I do it? Then I thought about you guys, my readers. Could you still love me if I outsourced and took short cuts? Would you still read my work if I showed you how we can eat a home cooked meal during the work week and forgive ourselves for the fast food you grabbed on the way home because there was no way real food was happening this week or in my case, month? That did happen.
Today, I am relaunching myself as a not so ordinary working mother of two, wife to one, lover of life. Are you still with me? Good. Stay tuned.