By now you’ve probably caught wind that I never intended to be a WAHM. This blog was birthed as a simple way to chronicle my pregnancy with Jemma for family that lived far away. And from there it grew. Slowly, but it did. To more than I ever thought it would be. And then it grew beyond this one site into freelance writing opportunities at Baby Gizmo, What To Expect, mom.me, and other online portals. Daily, I’m floored by all the opportunities out there.
One day I was a mom snapping pictures of my first little one and posting her doctor appointment stats for posterity and the next Dominic was calling me into his office to tell me that I had grossed my highest earnings the month I was due to give birth to Reid. I mean, it wasn’t literally the next day. But you get the point. I fell into freelance work and it has been good to my family and I.
It’s stressful and tiring too. Because working with little ones around is no easy task. Most weeks I have just one 3 hour segment of childcare to write. The rest, I do while they sleep.
But I love it and I wouldn’t change it. The perks are endless and far outweigh the struggle. WAHM life is a unique double edged sword of awesomeness.
It all comes down to control. I dictate my hours, my outfit, my assignments, and my priorities. I can work as much or as little as I want. If I want to take Tuesday off, there is no HR department to tell me that I’m out of vacation. If I want to sip coffee at a local shop while I work, all I need to do is line up childcare. If I don’t want to wear make-up or do my hair, there are no coworkers to think “hot mess” as I walk by. If I need to earn an extra $100 for surprise dental work or swim lessons, I can. That, my friends, is the beauty of freelance life.
Speaking of my outfit … may I introduce my official freelance uniform!
Today we’ve got a comfy foundation via Hanes Get Cozy ComfortFlex Fit® Seamless Pullover Bra (I can even nurse in this style!) and Cool Comfort® Cotton Bikini Panties, my fave graphic tee, a cozy graphic tee, and comfy leggings or shorts. Boom! All tag less, because who needs itchy tags when they’re trying to focus?
Being a freelancer means flexibility and comfort. That leads to confidence. And confidence leads to success. Freelancing has its own bundle of worries too, don’t get me wrong, but when I compare my former job to this one, I’d take this one over and over and over again. Is it because I’m a control freak or prefer to wear anything I want while bringing in the dollars? Maybe. I mean, Hanes ComfortFlex Fit® bras and Cool Comfort® underwear are the ultimate comfort (and they’re on sale)! But, most of all, it’s because being freelancing let’s me be the mom I want to be while still earning an income. When I balance it right, it’s the best of both worlds.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.