Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thursday Thoughts...Quitting My Job

Happy Thursday Girls!

Like usual, I am very happy that tomorrow is Friday!  I am looking forward to the weekend because AJ is playing in his first tournament of the season...so we are excited over here!

So over the past few months I have been REALLY struggling about whether or not to quit my job.  After 20 some years of being home and raising my kiddos, I decided last year when Olivia started kindergarten that maybe going to work would be a good idea.  I knew I needed a job with flexibility and a job that understood that I am a mom first.  I was fortunate enough to get a job with one of my husband's former co-workers, and he was super great and super flexible.  I was able to work while the kids were in school, if they were home, I got to be home.  It seemed at the time like a win/win!  A few months after I started working there my husband started working there...and I admit I was pretty excited about getting to spend my days with my hubby...and then about a month later my oldest son started working there...that's right I was spending ALL DAY LONG with my husband and my son!  Don't get me wrong, some days were really really great, and others were not.  Sometimes it is really hard to "leave it at the door", and when you work and live together it can get very difficult to separate the two!  I have noticed over the past few months that it was starting to create somewhat of an issue, nothing terrible, but it was becoming more and more evident that all of us working together maybe wasn't the best decision for our family! 

I have been so fortunate to have been able to stay home and raise my children, so when looking into going to work, it was more for something for "me" and not so much because we needed the money.  Now don't get me wrong, the extra money has been great...it has allowed me to do more for the kids, my husband, our home, vacations, and it allowed me to shop without feeling "guilty" that I was taking away from my family.  So one of my biggest struggles with deciding whether or not to quit was realizing that I would be saying goodbye to my own paycheck.

Another reason I have been contemplating stopping work is because I just cannot seem to get it all done.  I am so envious of all the moms that work full time and still come home and meet all their responsibilities with the house, husband and kids.  I have been working just a year now, part time, and I feel like I am constantly scrambling to get things done.  We are a family of 7...so there is a lot that is always needing to be done around the house, and with sports and activities for the 3 little ones, we are very busy after school and the weekends too!  I used to go to the gym 4 times a week, and since I have started back to work, I can't even find the time to do that.  I have tried getting up at 4 am and going early, but seriously, I just don't want to get up that early!  I feel like I am constantly "under pressure" and I hate that feeling!!!  I really thought after a few months I would find my "groove"....but I have yet to find it!  Ha!!

Like I said, having some extra money coming in has been great for my family, but I do also feel that my family has suffered a bit with me going back to work.  After months of going back and forth with should I or shouldn't I quit, Mark and I decided that it was probably best, for now, if I am home.  So on Tuesday I gave my two weeks notice....and I immediately felt like a huge weight was lifted from me.

So in two weeks I will officially be a SAHM again and I cannot wait.  I am really looking forward to focusing on my home and my family.  I am so thankful to have a wonderful husband who is so supportive of me, and who "gets" how I feel.


 
 



 And to all those moms out there who work full time and come home to their families at night and get it all done...you are my HEROS!!!

Be sure to check back tomorrow....Friday Favorites and a special little someone turning 7 (insert me sobbing uncontrollably right now)!




 
 
  

11 comments:

  1. Yay for SAHM!! I have been a SAHM for 6 years now and at first it was a tough decision, but we truly feel like it is a wonderful thing! I am so excited for you!!! ;) Have a great day!

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  2. I only work one 10 hr day a week and it just about kills me! Ha! I also don't know how working moms do it. But I think you're doing the right thing. Your family always has to come first. And who knows..maybe another great opportunity will come your way again!

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    1. Thanks girl. For now I am going to enjoy being home!!!!

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  3. Good for you, Kimm! You sound like you have such a peace about it and that's what really matters!

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    1. Thanks Laura, I really do have peace about it...which makes me know I have made the right decision

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  4. I'm sure that was a hard decision but sounds like the best one for you and your family.

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    1. Definitely not an easy decision at all!

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  5. I have been struggling with this since coming back to work after having Jett! I just posted about it yesterday. My husband gave me the green light to stay home, and now I keep going back and forth. I haven't stayed home other than maternity leave. But, I find myself everyday longing to be home and I can't seem to keep up with the house, kids, and take care of my husband..and myself! So great to read this today!

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    1. Hey Whitney....I definitely have to go and read your post now. Thanks for reading today!

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  6. Good for you for making a tough decision! I'm sure your family will be so happy to have you home!

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