It's been some time since I shared one of my 2011 goals. I realize it's already May and posting on resolutions is the thing of four months ago. To keep you interested, today's goal will include a report of how it's going so far. Be sure to read on because this one is exciting!
Goal number 5: Research and act on career opportunities. Take small steps.
Sounds boring and predictable so far, right? Let me explain.
As a somewhat newlywed (approaching 2 years) and a somewhat recent college graduate (4 years - okay, not so recent), I am enjoying time with my husband and growth in my career. If you know me personally, you are probably aware that I don't work a dream job. I am content and glad to contribute to our income.
There is, however, something I've wanted for quite some time now. To be a mom. To have a chubby baby with Eric that we can cuddle with and watch grow into a toddler, kid, teen and one day - a young adult. In fact, if nature allows, I'll happily have a few of them.
We're not ready to have kids yet (sorry Mema!) but when the times comes, I want to stay at home. I trust that God has his hand on our marriage and future family and, if we use wisdom, he will help us realize this dream.
What does this have to do with my career? Everything.
In college, I tossed around the idea of being a Journalism major. I was a book worm growing up (summer days spent reading in a tree, anyone?) and thought writing would be a perfect extension of my passion. Then I got scared. What if I couldn't find a job or make good money? So I took business courses instead, graduated and found a great job.
The longing to write was still there and a little over a year ago, my sweet husband encouraged me to start a blog. It's been a wonderful journey.
As I pondered my goals for 2011, my mind focused in on "take small steps." This made everything sound easier. I want to write. There are local magazines in Birmingham. Small step: send an email to a local magazine editor.
I did. She was so gracious to meet me for coffee, offer advice and an opportunity to work as a freelance writer for her magazine. It's silly I know, but I could cry. As I type this, a beautiful picture runs through my head. Me, doing what I love: taking care of our home, spending time with husband and our little munchkins, and writing. Writing! I hope and pray that this small step leads to big opportunities so that I can one day stay at home, contribute to our income and challenge my mind.
Tomorrow, I'll share my first published article with you.
Are you (or do you want to be) a stay-at-home mom? How do you (or will you) make it work? Do you think it's an absurd desire in this day and age? I'd love to hear!