Have You Dreamed Of Going To Work In Your Pajamas?
I too dreamed of going to work in my pajamas. Thanks to losing my babysitter last September, that dream became a reality. When I initially started my blog last March, it was to learn and enter a whole new world which I had hoped would enable me to quit my job. A job I was disliking more and more every day. And unfortunately, I was telling everybody just that. I do not believe it is a good thing to talk bad about my job and had several times told others that if they were so unhappy, to leave. Then one day I realized I was just like them. But we have to pay the bills. So like them, I stayed.
Why stay where you are unhappy
Sometimes we feel trapped so we stay in jobs and many other places because we feel we have to. The day my hubby and I discussed the babysitter issue, I had to be real. And I realized some very important factors.
Children need attention from their mother.
My children are very important to me, as they are to most parents. So it makes sense that I want to spend more time with them. To play with them and also to work on the beginnings of school. I love to hold, hug and kiss my babies. They comfort me in a way no one else does.
Nowadays, we have children being raised in daycare because parents have to work. As parents, it is our job to take care of their physical needs first by putting a roof over their head and food on the table. There are so many needs children really have. Not just physical but mental, emotional and spiritual as well. It should be our first job to make sure they are well-developed youth. But unfortunately, we can’t.
Here is one reason why
Our jobs require us to work long hours and sometimes drive many hours in between as well. When I worked the day job I would drive an hour to work and one home too. I also would make sure to leave about an hour and a half early to make sure I was on time even if traffic was bad due to supersonic attendance requirements. Four tardies or absentees would equal termination. Sometimes they made exceptions but not often. Emergencies still ended in an infraction. Many jobs are like this. Emergency or no still equals trouble.
2. My husband needs a wife
Our spouses need our attention too. Many times we are the ones to cook dinner and take care of their needs just like our babies. It’s nice to be able to sit down to watch a program with them or to play a game. I’m sure just to be able to be in their presence is nice too.
I would love to be able to go out on a date with my spouse once a week or even once a month. We could go to a movie or maybe walk down by the ocean. I miss that we use to be able to do that. I love our babies but they do constrict time together. So one of my goals is to create a date night for the two of us. Or at least find something that we can all do. Inexpensively of course!
3. The house needs attention
When I was working my house suffered terribly. Well, that’s not completely accurate. After having my third child is when it really started showing the maltreatment. Also having babies means we should have a clean environment to grow up in. Not having a clean environment puts their little systems at risk of catching all kinds of illnesses.
Now that I’m home I have the opportunity to make sure my floor and bathrooms are clean. I’m still trying to figure out some kind of cleaning schedule. So far it just happens when I feel like it. Thankfully I take care of the floor every day. But I have crawling babies. I better be taking care of that. Wouldn’t want anything to end up in someone’s mouth. Choking hazards!
4. My stress level needs to be moderate
Seriously, my stress level before I quit my job was at an all-time high. I was not enjoying my job anymore and the fact that I had been there five years didn’t matter to me anymore. I had been looking for a new job for several months and had started blogging in March.
I would get up super early to make sure I was in the parking lot by a certain time so that I could get at least an hour working on it. However, I wasn’t trying to up and quit the way I did. But it was so good for my mental health. I had started counseling due to some other issues. But what is really amazing is that the day I quit my job was the most relief I had felt since having the baby.
Where am I going with all this
Again the question. Have you dreamed of going to work in your pajamas? Me too!
Since that day I have only had a few days where I actually went to work in my pajamas. It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized that I was doing one of my dreams. While I may not be making a full-time income on my blog, let’s be real. I’m not even making a part-time income on it. I am getting so much more out of it than I thought possible.
This blog gives me an opportunity to change our circumstances in so many ways. I don’t know what all of them are yet but I have been looking at some.
Here are some that I have found.
- Guest Posting on other successful blogs
- Writing articles for magazines
- Affiliate Income
- Trying out and reviewing products
I’m sure there is more. These are the ones I have heard about lately. I’m not even close. I do have some ads up on the site. It’s kinda funny because in the last seven months I have made seven dollars in ad revenue and had the affiliate site I’m using tell me they are going to cancel me due to lack of clicks. Ha. It’s a good thing I am getting more out of this than financial stability.
And I get to go to work in my pajamas
The even more crazy part is that I know it can be done. I’m going to get better and have been taking classes and courses. I am still excited about it even though I’m not currently very good and even though I have been kinda failing for about seven months. That being said, I knew going into this that it was not a get rich quick scheme. That it would take a lot of work and that I would be working for free for a year or two. It could turn into a failed blog. Thankfully I have gotten a lot more out of it than it has taken from me. Unlike my last job.
What about you?
Maybe you’re miserable at your day job too. You might be a stay at home mom already, who needs some sort of outlet for all the thoughts or silent conversations you have with yourself every day. Baby talk can be hard to understand sometimes.
Would you like to be able to start something fun and challenging? Maybe you have information you know can help someone. Then maybe starting a blog is the thing for you. There are so many elements to starting a blog. It has been a great outlet for myself. I am learning to be creative. Something of which I didn’t really think I was. But when you use your brain it works better. You know the old saying ” Use it or lose it”. Definitely true.
So, if you too dream of going to work in your pajamas, check out my resources page here.
In it, you find some of the people who have been helping me get better. My first post was four sentences long. I think I have come a long way since then. And while I know I have a long way to go, there is something about it all that has been really helpful to me. I hope you can find something helpful to you too!
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