I love being a WAHM. Like, I really, really love it. I totally get that it’s not for everyone, but hey, neither is peanut butter and honey sandwiches!
I had my first child at the age of 31. Up until that moment I was a focused, successful corporate woman. I was out-earning my husband and one of the very few women at my level in the division of the bank I worked for. I was so good at my job that I got a pay rise the week before I left on maternity leave!
Then my husband got the opportunity of a lifetime and we packed up and left for the UK with a 6 month old. Unfortunately I had to resign and was left wondering what on earth I would do. It turned out to be the biggest blessing in disguise. Fast forward 12 years and I’ve now started by own business and wouldn’t change it for the world. Here’s why I’d never go back to a corporate gig.
Free of guilt
Sick child? Excursion? Speaking part in school assembly? No problems. Working for myself means I can handle all these things in my stride. I don’t need to feel guilty about missing a deadline or an important meeting at work. I don’t need to experience the mummy guilt of missing the school assembly again. And not feeling guilty does wonders for my physical and mental health.
Working my way
I love turning the music up, not having to worry about office politics or being disturbed by well meaning colleagues. Working from home requires its own set of focus requirements, but I find I get so much more done, even when the distractions are rife!
Decrease in stress
I’ve found my levels of stress have decreased significantly. Any deadlines I need to make are self imposed deadlines. They are determined by me depending on my timeframes and abilities, not by someone else who is being pressured to get things done! A less stressed me means a less stressed family.
I love how I can put a load of washing on whilst the kettle is boiling. Or unpack the dishwasher to clear my mind. Even preparing dinner after a quick bite to eat is making the best use of my precious time. It also means that I can spend more time being present with my family when they are around.
Not having to deal with other people
I know this point sounds a bit counter intuitive. To have your own business, you need to provide customer service, and that usually means talking to people! There is a difference though between dealing with people you want to deal with, and dealing with people you have to deal with.
I am far less tolerant of ignorant people these days. If I went back into the corporate world, I think the number of these types of people might just do my head in!
Working from home, being a full time parent or corporate career woman is a choice we all get to make. I understand that some women are driven to succeed in a corporate environment (I used to be one of them) but having spent so much time as a full time mum then running my own business, if I was ever to go back to the corporate world, I think it would have a negative effect on my mind and body. I feel blessed to be able to work in my own business from home every day. Each to their own.