Almost 6 months ago, I began a new chapter in my life....I started working full-time after being a stay-at-home mom for over 10 years. Yeah, I had some part-time writing gigs with some internet companies, but to be fully employed with benefits was a huge step for me and my family.
First off, I had to find someone I could count on to help me care for my amazing kids while I was in training and while I am upstairs at work....Enter Helen Hutka.... She came in and filled in... From day one...when I had to go in-office to work for training...I did not worry one little bit about my kids.
Second, I had to adjust my daily cooking schedule. Now, I spend most of my days off making the meals for the week. It works out well. Not really a big deal after all.
Third, I had to learn to use my time more wisely. I am still working really hard on this. It is getting better...but, I have more to learn on this subject.
So, after 6 months and one promotion...yep, I got promoted in February...it seems that this is the career for me for many years to come. I am so happy to have a career at the tender age of 49. Gone are my days of obsessing over the internet and who is writing what about who on the Autism web sites. Gone are my days of the petty bickering on the autism forums... and frankly, I do not miss it one bit.
I work from home, so I get to see my kids during my afternoon break. I get to ask how their days were and what is for homework.... I get smiles and hugs... Who could ask for more than that during a work day?
Most of all.... My family has stepped up to the plate to allow their middle-aged wife and mom to fulfill her dream to actually work a corporate job and be really good at it. They don't question my hours (which I get to set, btw) and know when my door is shut...it stays shut. They take care of each other very well....I am so very proud of how they have matured in the last few months. I hope we had taught them well....and I guess this proves it.
This last Sunday, my interview with AOL Health was posted on the front page of AOL. I had many people complement me. I had a couple of nasty remarks on my blog, but just a couple. What surprised me the most was a couple of family members who emailed me and questioned my motives along with a couple of friends who decided that they did not like that I got some attention....that is okay.... I had a friend remind me that true friends celebrate our highs and help us through our lows...thanks Kim ;)
In the long run...it is my friends and family who stand by us when we are at our highs and our lows...who realize the amount of work it takes for our family to be the amazing family we are. We could not have done it without the family members and friends who have become our family who stood by us for many years. It is you guys who make us complete....