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Just Checking In

Hey, guys!  Once again, I’m going to apologize for not checking in with all of you for quite some time.  Between entertaining the kids, trying to grow my business, getting ready for Halloween (my favorite holiday!), and everything else that goes with daily life, I barely have time to eat, much less write a blog post.  I know you all understand what I’m talking about.

So I don’t really have much to talk about in this post, just wanted to see how everyone is doing out there and see if anyone has made any progress on their journey to become a work at home mom.  I’m still plugging away at learning all about search engine optimization, helping my couple of clients with their sites, and trying to figure out how to find more clients.  That’s the hardest part, since I don’t have too much experience with all of this stuff.

Sometimes I just wish there were about 10 more hours in each day.  I have so many ideas about things I’d like to do to make more money…like painting old furniture and distressing it, inventing items to help the average mom out, organizing people’s spaces (mine included!)…the list could go on.  For now, I’m just going to enjoy and cherish all the precious moments I get to experience with the kiddos, keep working towards my goal of making lots of money, and thank my husband daily for being such a hard worker and allowing me to stay at home with the kids.  I know it was a necessity when I first quit, but now that our preemie daughter is thriving, I’m sure she would be fine going to a daycare.  I just wouldn’t be fine with it.  It still amazes me how much our lives have changed in just a couple of years.

Well, I gotta run.  Laundry and cleaning and planning dinner are all pressing issues right now and I have about 20 minutes left of nap time to get it all done!  Comment and let me know where you guys are with your work from home jobs!

Katie

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Take Action!

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Hey, everyone!  I just realized I haven’t made a post in quite awhile.  Sorry about that for all of you who sit on the edge of your seat waiting for me to post a blog every day!  Ha!  So we’ve been super busy with the holiday last weekend, working on getting the kids on the same sleeping and eating schedules, me trying to manage my time and work in between raising kids and running a household.  I know I talked about time management in another post, and just wanted to say that it is definitely a lot harder than it sounds!  I’ve gone for a couple of days at a time without taking a shower, I usually stay in my pajamas until 2 or 3 in the afternoon, and my house is a wreck right now, but I have been making some progress with the job hunt!

I signed up with www.freelancer.com which is a site where you can offer pretty much any type of service you want.  You create a profile describing your experience and your skills, and people post whatever type of services they are looking for.  You can then place a bid on the service, and they choose whichever one they like out of all of the bids.  I haven’t landed a job through them yet, but I’m not giving up.  I’m pretty sure your ratings and reviews from other clients play a big role in getting jobs, and since I don’t have any experience on this site, I don’t have any reviews or ratings yet.  I’m thinking I’m going to have to get some of my friends to post jobs and give me ratings just so I’ll be able to get some legitimate jobs.  That’s not too dishonest, is it?  I’m just trying to be creative here!

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Do You Ever Want to Pull Your Hair Out?

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Hey, everyone!  So I’ve realized in the past couple of days that working from home while being a mother to two children is going to be a lot more difficult than I thought.  I can barely find time to write this blog, let alone find 4-5 hours a day to do anything to earn money.  This post is probably going to come across as me complaining, and I don’t mean to complain, but sometimes it is good to vent your frustrations out in the open.  So this is a warning to all of you readers that this post may seem a bit negative!

I love my husband.  He works his butt off every day at his job to provide for our family, and when he comes home, he pretty much takes over with the kids and keeps them entertained while I spend the evenings doing a million things I couldn’t get to during the day.  The problem I’m having now that I’m trying to work and bring some income in, though, is that I feel that he doesn’t recognize or appreciate my efforts.  He doesn’t spend all day every day with the kids and he seems to think that all I do every day is “play”, so I should have plenty of energy and motivation to start working as soon as he gets home.

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Kids Come First

kids come firstHey, everyone!  My name’s Katie.  I’m 29 years old and am married with two kids, ages 2 and 4.  Before I had our first child, my identity was consumed by my career.  I mean, I worked ALL the time and in the very little spare time I had to eat and sleep, I was thinking about my work or replying to e-mails.  At the time, I really enjoyed the work I was doing and didn’t mind the fact that I hardly ever saw my friends or family.

I got pregnant, and while I still worked way more than I should have, I just knew that I would be able to balance having a successful career and still be a good mother to our child.  We found a great daycare for our son, and while I enjoyed my maternity leave, I couldn’t wait to get back to work again.  It was sometimes hard for me to get away from work to come home and spend time with our son in the evening, but for the most part, I did a really great job of leaving my work at the office in order to spend quality time with him.

A year and a half later, I got pregnant again, and since working a full time job with one kid was doable, we just assumed that the second child would follow suit.  Boy, were we wrong.  About halfway into my pregnancy, I started having issues with my blood pressure.  I was put on bedrest, so I obviously had to take a leave of absence from my job.  My poor husband ran himself to death for two months between working full time, shuttling our son to daycare, feeding, bathing, and entertaining him in the evenings, and trying to take care of me as much as possible.  We did have some help from my mother, but for the most part, it was all on him.

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