I had high hopes of being a stay at home mom. In fact, I passed on getting an MBA because I thought it would not be a good use of my money, given that one day I had plans to get married and have children...lots of them. Had my parents agreed to foot the bill....who knows the life I might have led. Thank you Mom and Dad for your wisdom! Anything worth having is worth working for.
Little did I know that being a working mom was as much a blessing as being a mom. I learned this after having my fourth (and final) child. Coming off a relatively stressful and political work environment, I decided that I was done with being a working mom. I quit. Cold turkey.
Dazed and confused, I didn't realize that without a job and career, I felt a little lost. Yes, I lOVE being a mom, and a hands-on one at that. But I guess I'm just not that interesting if I'm not working on someone else's interesting life and work.
That's when opportunity knocked and I was back to work. But on my terms -- with flexibility to work from home most days, drive my kids to school, pick them up, host play dates, volunteer in the classroom and chaperone field trips. Granted, I often stayed up until 2:00 am getting my work done, but it was the price I had to pay to be the kind of mom that I wanted to be and the kind of employee that I needed to be.
I've been working while momming ever since. For almost a decade, under my own company, helping start-ups and turn-around companies tell their stories. So there you have it, that's my story.