When I first started this blog, I was a college student, few years I started working in my current field of Higher Education Administration. Once I got into the beginning of my career I had a baby, got married became a Stay-At-Home Mom, now I am back to being a Working Mom/Blogger. Here I am 10 months after getting back into the working world and I must admit that it was a great decision, not only for my family but for myself.
Being a Stay-At-Home is a hard job, and I found that what I really missed is the camaraderie of my coworkers. I love the fact that I work around women that are working towards their own personal goals it has sparked a new found motivation in myself. Something that I didn’t realize I was missing. I talk to women from all over in different blogger groups but its something about being around others that I quickly learned that I missed and loved…I love hearing the journey of others and what they are working towards.
Another thing that I didn’t realize that I had gotten pretty relaxed on was my appearance. Not that I was ever a slob, but I just had a relaxed style because I was dealing with children 24/7. I love when my husband comes home from work and I’m still in work clothes and he tells me I look pretty (and slaps me on the butt…it never gets old). Now he still did that when I wasn’t working but its different now. And I feel good about getting dressed again…
I have also seen how Emma pays attention to me getting dressed in the morning. When I put on earrings, she wants earrings, when I put on my make-up and do my hair she and DJ tell me I look pretty. And the hugs that I get before I go to work and when I get home are the BEST!
I originally started working in a position that I worked in the afternoons, however, now I come in, in the morning and leave and still have time to run errands with the kids and take Emma to her therapy sessions. This was a big thing for me because at the beginning of the school year we transitioned to an entirely new team of therapist and I hadn’t met them. I set up everything and would get reports from my husband and mom…but for a mom that wasn’t good enough for me. Now I am able to be home in time to take her to therapy and run errands, and I know they enjoy this time with Darrick and I because sometimes he is able to get off work early too!
And most of all what I absolutely love is for a couple of hours a day I get to be Carissa! Don’t get me wrong I LOVE my family but sometimes its good to be just Carissa! I get to ride to work or home with the music of my choice, sometimes in total silence.
Overall, this transition has been a great one, from coworkers to changing job positions. I have found a new sense of self, and I love it. I love the motivation I have found in working outside of the home, and I understand that it takes hard work but I can be successful in both capacities. I think early on I was nervous about dropping the ball somewhere but I guess when you are blessed with a good support system we all work together and it all works together! #ThankYouJesus