Last Friday was my last day at my full-time job. I’m honestly still pretty much in awe that I’m not going back to work outside the home When January comes around. If you would’ve asked me 9 years ago when I was pregnant with my first baby if I’d like the opportunity to stay home with my children, I would’ve laughed in your face. At that point, I was hellbent on being a working mom. I was so full of pride that I could do it all…and then some. I would be going to work for a break from my kids. 😉 *snicker-chuckle-laugh hysterically*
Even after Lila was a couple of years old, I still enjoyed heading to work each day. It gave me time with my coworkers who I loved being around and kept my adult humor to the max level.
When our second daughter, Vivian, was born, I enjoyed taking about 10 weeks of maternity leave and spending time being a mom to my two daughters. The desire to stay home with them grew, but at that point in our lives, we just couldn’t swing it. So I sucked it up and headed back to work. Again, being around my coworkers, who had by then become some of my best friends, got me through and still I enjoyed being there and doing my job.
Fast forward to approaching my due date with our third daughter and I already had the tugging at my heart to stay home with my kids. We, however, had just moved into a new, bigger house to make room for our newest addition (and all the stuff we had acquired throughout our 6 year marriage and 2 spoiled children). That bigger house came with a bigger mortgage and higher taxes. Staying home was once again not an option for us.
At several points over the last two years, I had made the comment that my heart longed to be home with my kids. I prayed to God constantly that one day this would be an option for me. We just kept truckin’ though and each day went through the routine. Last summer, our office went through many changes and after that, Neil could really see how this was taking a toll on me. We sat down and figured out (well mostly he figured out) how we could make this happen. We knew it wouldn’t be a final decision until right up close to the end of the year, but we started paying off debt in a crazy way. Well, as crazy as we could be! If I could keep our weekly spending under a certain amount and we could pay some huge debt off, then maybe, just maybe this could be a possibility.
Neil has always been a huge fan of Dave Ramsey and so off we went. We made some minor changes to fit our goals, but for the most part, stuck with a snowball payoff plan. By the time we were approaching December, we knew it could be done. We have been so blessed with so much in our lives and this is just one more thing that God has given us. I’ve prayed for and dreamed of this happening for so many years.
At the beginning of December, I was actually able to give my notice. I can tell you that after working at a place for 10 years with pretty much the same group of people the whole time, it’s very sad to leave a place where you call coworkers your family. Think about the amount of time you spend with the people at work. You’re with them more than immediate family sometimes.
On December 21st, 2018, I left our Christmas party knowing that I wouldn’t be back at work in January. It’s still crazy to think that it’s happening.
I will say that I’m not planning on sitting around doing nothing. Aside from my full-time job of being a mom to three daughters, I will be working my doTERRA business and full time as possible. I’m also so thankful that I have an opportunity like this to replace the income of my full time job. As many of you know, this is something I’m so passionate about. I want to help as many people as possible with their health and wellness. So you can count on me for all of your doTERRA needs! I’d love to help you on your journey to a healthier you!
Y’all it can be done. All it takes is hard work, discipline, and a strong desire to do what you want. One of our favorite ways of thinking now in our house is this idea from Tony Robbins.
“One of the most important precepts about human behavior and change is that at the most basic level, there are two forces that motivate people to do what they do: the desire to avoid pain or the desire to gain pleasure. This principle is what causes the ‘yo-yo’ pattern in some people: they go back and forth between taking action to create change and losing their drive to take any action at all.”
This literally changed our lives.