I must confess, I have times when I haven't left the house all week, I've had PB&J for lunch four days in a row, my son reminds me why I nicknamed him Trouble and a client refuses to pay me for work I've already done. On those days, I wistfully look through the full-time, away-from-home job listings.
I really am thankful to be a Work-At-Home Mom -- I just may need a little reminding sometimes. Here's the things I try to keep in mind on my bad days:
- I get to watch my son grow up. I worked outside the home for a few months after Trouble was born, and I felt like I was missing out.
- I have the ability to put my family before my job. Before I became a Work-At-Home Mom, I'd have to cover late night meetings and I would have to either leave work early, or miss tucking my son into bed. Now, I can work around his schedule so I'm there when I need to be. I don't feel like I have to choose between work and family.
- I've learned to enjoy the little things. Yesterday, my son had a blast with a $2 ball and a laundry basket. He loves the vacuum and can entertain himself for hours with kitchen utensils. My son reminds me of what I have.
- I've become a better business person. You can't simultaneously work to meet a deadline while doing laundry and soothing a sick baby without picking up a few new skills, like multitasking and stress management, for starters. I would not have a successful business today without the ability to multitask.
- I now enjoy grocery shopping. I used to hate going grocery shopping. But when heading to the office every day just means heading upstairs, leaving the house to run errands is wondrous.
- I get to teach my son new things throughout the day. It's strange how proud I feel after something as simple as teaching my one-year-old what a monkey says.
- I face challenges every day—and I love it. I was on the verge of going crazy during my maternity leave, when everything I did that day only had to be repeated the next day. I enjoy the mental challenge of working. It's my “me time.”
- My days are never boring. Seriously, I'm usually trying to work while Trouble is doing things that could certainly win America's Funniest Home Videos if I just had a camera handy...
- My job isn't just a job -- it's a career. I love that I can both work from home and do something I love—and went to college for.
- I get to follow my dreams. I remember doing a career presentation in middle school about being a freelance writer (yes, I was a nerd even back then). While my goals have changed as I grew up, I've always wanted to write.
I may just have to hang this list next to my desk for the next time I need a reminder.
What about you? Why do you love working from home?