I signed my baby up for kindergarten today. In a weird twist of fate, the board of education approved full day kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year. I thought I had more time before I had two kids in school full time. I know many people are expecting me to be happy, I am, but I am also sad and confused.
Seven and a half years ago, I walked out of the work force and into the role of stay at home mom. I was expecting this new job to be easy peasy. It wasn’t, at all. It was decided long before I was even a mom that once both kids were in school full time, I would go back to work. When I left my job as a sales representative at a large publishing house, I knew that when my time to go back to work, I wanted something different, something meaningful.
Now that time has come. From the time we left kindergarten registration until this evening, multiple people asked me “what are you going to do now” or “I guess you are going back to work”. Why is it assumed that with no children at home all day I will go back to work?
The fact is, I have a job. I work at home. I work at home more hours than I ever did at an office. Explaining to people what I do is so hard. Most people just don’t seem to understand what digital marketing, social media marketing and blogging is. I swear people think I just sit home on my computer or play on my phone all day. The thought of explaining it is daunting.
The mere thought of going back to an office, where I’d work 9-5 under someone’s rules, to make money for someone else, to not be there at 3:25 when my kids fly out of school and light up at the sight of me…is daunting.
I’ve built my own business. My family understands and respects that business to know that NO I am not “going back to work”. I am exactly where I want to be.