March 19, 2020

The Journey of Being a Stay at Home Mom, Mom Blogger and Work from Home Mom

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Stay at Home Mom 

Time flies so fast and I could not believe that it has been twelve years already since I became a stay at home mom or a full-time mom. If you think that being a full-time mom is effortless, then you are definitely wrong. It is not really easy; in fact, it is more stressful than working in the corporate world. When my baby came, my life gradually changes because this time, I have little time for myself. It is really hard to become a wife, a mother and a maid rolled into one.

Choosing to be a stay at home mom is not an easy decision for me because I know that I have to give up my career and future incomes. But still, I am proud and happy because I am always with my son from the time he was born until now. I feel blessed because not all mothers have the chance to be with their children. I witnessed his first cry, first smile, first laugh, first tooth, first crawl, first step, first word, and other milestones. I am present on special occasions and school events.

The joy of being with my son doesn’t mean that I am always on a cloud nine because there are challenges and struggles too. The journey is not simple especially if you are not used to it, there are also times that I cried because I miss working and I want to have my own “me time”. But still, I never regret that I chose this path because even I do not have a salary, I know deep in my heart that it is a rewarding career.

Read: How Motherhood Changed Me
Unexpected Joys of Motherhood 
The Mom You’re Meant to be
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Stay at Home Mom
Things You Should Never Say to a Stay at Home Mom

If you are a stay at home mom like me and if there are times that you feel depressed or unfulfilled, don’t worry because it is just normal. You can read the “Professionalizing Motherhood” book by Jill Savage. This book really helps me a lot and makes me realize that being a full-time mom is a valuable career choice and there is nothing to be ashamed of.

Stay at home moms do not mean that we are lazy and uneducated because we are not, we just choose our kid/s over career because we feel that this is the best decision for our own family. Instead of focusing on the negative things, look for an opportunity to do the things that you cannot do if you are still working or take advantage of the time to learn new skills.

Read: The Day I Learned How to Bake my Own Bread
The Day I Learned How to Sew 
The Day I Learned How to Crochet 

Work from Home Mom 

When I decided to resign from work, I know that it would be difficult for me because I am not used to being at home. Two months after graduation I already started working so choosing to be a stay at home mom is really a challenge. I enjoy the first two months because I have time for myself, no work, no more graveyard shift, and no more deadlines. Aside from the usual household chores, most of the time I watch TV, surf the internet, bake cupcakes and read magazines and pregnancy books.

But after two months I really feel bored because I cannot do anything and I am stuck at home. I have all the time in the world but I cannot go on vacation because I was on bed rest for few months, I do not want to spend money since I no longer have a salary and I have no companions since they are all working.

After three months of not working, I worked as a real estate agent but it is not easy so I stop before giving birth. After several months, I became a mompreneur, I opened my online store (www.mcsstore.multiply.com), it all started because I want to sell my son’s pre-loved babystuff and then I decided to resell some products. I closed my online store because I don’t have time for shipping or meet-ups.

I tried my luck and applied to be a ghostwriter. Honestly, I don’t consider myself as a writer, because I hate English subject during my school days. I just took the risk and applied to be a content writer and fortunately I was hired. I have been writing for eight months and I decided to resign because it’s eating my time and I felt guilty because I have no time for my son. It reminded me the reason why I resigned so I focus on being a stay at home mom.

Mom Blogger 

Quitting my online job leads me to blogging. I started my own blog where I can freely write and share my story during my free time. This year 2020, Michi Photostory is already 9 years old, I never thought I will come this far. My blog may not be popular and it may not have a lot of followers but I happy to help those people who stumbled on this blog.

This blog allows me to earn a little through ads, sponsored posts, paid insert link and other blogging opportunities. The passive income helps me to support my hobbies, buy the things that I want, save and invest.

Read: Why I Love Being Mom and Blogger
7 Things I’ve Learned in 7 Years of Blogging

It is not just about the earnings but this blog is the reason why I learn and develop some skills like graphic design and social media managing. These skills allow me to have a freelance career. Yes, I’m back to being a work from home mom but this time, I only accept short-term projects or part-time work. I’m still a work in progress because it’s been years since the last time I applied for work. I feel like a fresh college graduate student who has no idea how I'm going to sell myself in a job interview.

Check Michiscape Facebook Page and Michiscape Instagram

In a span of 12 years, I became a stay at home mom, mom blogger and work from home mom. I know that my journey as a full-time mom will not end and it is still counting. But I’m thankful to God for opening doors so I can enjoy being a mother and at the same time, earn while I’m at the comfort of my home. I just hope and pray that as I walk this path, I will learn to enjoy and appreciate more my chosen career.

Read: Working Moms vs Full-Time Moms 

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