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

New Job – Studio Manager

I’m working now!!

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I’ve been contemplating getting a part-time job for a while now but every time I applied for something I’d get a queasy feeling in my stomach. When I decided to push fear aside and go for it I had 2 opportunities at once not to mention a few temp agencies seeking me out. The job I ended up accepting was the one I didn’t even apply for. A friend recommended me and that how I got it! I won’t go into specifics but I didn’t get the queasy feeling so I knew it was right for me. I am not going to say who I’m working for until I ask if she’s okay with it first but I love my new job.

I’m a Studio Manager for a small business. I organize, maintain and help with the day-to-day stuff. This particular industry is very new to me but will help with something I have desperately wanted to do. Hopefully she’ll allow me blog/ vlog about my experience with the service I want! More on this later 🙂

I feel good about the work I’m doing because it is familiar and different. I was having a very hard time in the beginning balancing work and home life but I’ve gotten into a groove; not a routine but a good flow. Some days I am thrilled to be at work enjoying the change of pace from my SAHM life. Other days I feel like a horrible neglectful parent/ wife and those days are extremely difficult emotionally speaking. Being a SAHM for almost 3 years has been strange yet rewarding but I’m looking forward to all my new adventures as a working mom.