WAHM – One Year Anniversary

As I mentioned a while ago, I am now a Studio Manager/ Personal Assistant. I started off putting in a lot of hours in the studio so I could get the lay of the land. Slowly I started transitioning to 90% of my time being from home. Since getting pregnant, it’s more like 100% of my time is from home.

I had a romanticized version of what working at home with a toddler would look like. I thought, this will be the best thing ever. There was going to be perfectly scheduled time for everything and I’d have wiggle room whenever I needed it. I could earn money from home while being with my little man. What could be better?! Well… this isn’t a scary story but there are a few positives and negatives that were unexpected. I’ll name them and elaborate if necessary.

Pros of being WAHM

  • Commute is awesome
  • Dress code is at most casual at very least kid friendly
  • Watch him grow and learn new things
  • Can be there when he’s sick
  • Can work when I’m sick unless I lose my voice
  • Pregnancy related nausea & vomiting don’t interrupt my day too much
  • Frequent bathroom breaks without anybody caring
  • Can control food smells because it’s only myself and co-worker (toddler) during lunch
  • House is maintained because I can wash clothes while on a call or clean during my break

Cons of being WAHM

  • You work longer without realizing it because you’re at home and can check/ respond to work any time
  • No adult co-workers to chat with throughout the day
  • Toddler meltdowns can make phone calls very stressful
  • Not having a dedicated office space is tough
    • Distractions are common
    • Must move all work items at the beginning and end of the work day
    • Not having a proper desk and chair puts stress on the body especially while pregnant
  • Overeating
    • You are getting snacks for your child and you are right by the refrigerator