Life doesn’t always go in the direction you think it will. Besides telling me to “sleep now,” one of the things I often heard while pregnant was “everything changes when you become a parent.” While I knew that was true (duh, you’re now responsible for taking care of a tiny, milk-drunk creature who can melt your heart with one glance and who you will never make a decision without considering again), I could not understand until the day I became a mother.
I’m a driven person and my career has always been important to me. I stared my career in public accounting, got my CPA license, moved into corporate accounting and ultimately, corporate financial planning and analysis. But no matter how much growth there has been available in my career path, family and living a life that I find fulfilling has always come first and I have made many choices throughout my career that reflect this.
After returning to work after a six month maternity leave and putting Siena in daycare, I didn’t feel like I was getting enough quality time with my family. Although we got to spend an hour in the morning and a few hours in the evening together, the majority of that time was spend cleaning, cooking and preparing for the next day. Half our weekends were taken up by chores to get ready for the week. I was barely getting any quality time with Siena and even less quality time with Mike. At times I felt like I was juggling a hundred balls and felt like I was failing at everything. I didn’t feel like I could do a great job at work as well as be the mother and wife I wanted to be. I felt mediocre at everything I was doing and I hated that feeling.
While I’m ambitious, I have always felt that my career in accounting and finance wasn’t the perfect fit. While I excel at it (and literally love Excel), it’s not my passion. Leaving my baby and missing quality time with my husband every week for something I’m not passionate about is not ideal. It’s pretty freaking obvious, but fitness is my passion. When I signed up as a Beachbody coach again earlier this year, I wasn’t sure where I would take the opportunity. But thanks to the incredible support and training I’ve benefited from as part of my team, I’m ready to really pursue it as a career. I can literally say that it’s my JOB to work out. It’s my job to help others achieve their health and fitness goals. It’s my job to improve myself with learning opportunities. It’s my job to eat healthy.
My last day of work in the corporate world was Friday, August 19th and after a week long vacation, today is my first day of my new job as a Stay at Home Mom and Beachbody Coach. While I’m by no means replacing my salary with my Beachbody income now, there is potential to do that (and much more) in the future. I’ve already seen significant increases in my income from the last time I coached and every month I am earning more simply by sharing my story and my passion for 21 Day Fix, Shakeology, P90X and other Beachbody products. Until my Beachbody business really takes off, I’m also doing digital marketing work for my sister in law who recently started her own marketing firm (I’ve been doing this at a very part time basis since December when I decided to extend my maternity leave). Luckily we have family in town and I will have help one day a week for now and two days a week starting in November so I will be able to focus on work as well as get some much needed “me” time in.
No matter what, my first job is being a mom. That is why I left my corporate job and the money and perks that come with it. While I plan to check in on my challenge groups and do some social media updates while Siena is awake, the majority of work will happen during naps and when I have someone to watch her. I am excited to spend more quality time with her at home as well as on the go. Knowing me, I will go stir crazy if we stay inside all day so I’m sure I’ll have at least one activity planned out of the house each day.
Am I scared? Yes. As a planner and someone who likes to know what to expect, this change is scary. But I know it’s the right decision for OUR family. It may not be the best decision for everyone’s family but it is for ours. I know that we won’t regret it.
Any words of advice for working from home with a baby? Have you ever had to make a similar decision?