“Never apologize for working. You love what you do, and loving what you do is a great gift to give your child.” -Marlene Sanders
“You don’t even have to love your job; you can merely love what your job does for you—the confidence and self-fulfilment that comes with doing and earning.” -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I recently started a regular work from home gig and these excerpts from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions perfectly capture a lot of my thoughts and feelings about this new role.
I think it was early October when a friend told me that his company was hiring work-from-home writers. And when he explained that everything happened online (the application process, interviews, and all the work), I thought I had nothing to lose.
And here we are! I’ve been a regular work from home mom (or work-at-home-mom, or WAHM) for about three months now. In the beginning, there was a lot to learn on the job front and even more to learn on the home front. It was a bit of a learning curve (it still is). And there were days when I felt like I was a failure at all of it—as a wife, a mom, and a freelance employee.
But I kept at it because I realized how much I needed this. More than the added income (which is wonderful), I needed to remember that there were other things I could do apart from being someone’s partner and mom. And that’s worth all the late nights where my boys are sleeping and I’m typing away on my computer.
I still believe that I am where I should be—at home with Max. I love how flexible this gig is. Working from home has it’s challenges, but for us, it’s pretty ideal. Max’s growing independence is a gift and I don’t want to waste it. And I’m fortunate to have a husband who truly believes that we’re equals. I’m young and I’m still really eager to learn new things. So we’re going to keep on going. ❤️