One year ago…

One year ago Ever-changing Life of a MumOne year ago I made one of the biggest decisions of my life … and it has been the best decision I ever made.

One year ago I walked away from a hard-earned career … and I have never regretted it.

One year ago I recognised my stress, anxiety and tiredness … and decided to do something about it.

One year ago I chose my beautiful family over everything else … and the time I have spent with them is priceless.

One year ago I put my family’s happiness before everyone else … and I now only wish I had done so sooner.

One year ago six simple words changed my life forever … and I will be forever grateful to my daughter for showing me the way.

Reflecting on the past year brings a tear to my eye but a smile to my face. It has been the best year of my life. Honestly.

Seeing the anxiety melt away from my eldest daughter, and consequently myself, is a feeling I cannot even describe. That alone has made this choice worth it.

Granted, there have been many challenges to overcome. Leaving my full time job to spend more time with my family has meant learning to live on once income. It can be tough, but one year on we are still doing it and managing well and that feels totally incredible!

The time I have been able to spend with my girls is worth more than any number of pay checks.

Overcoming these challenges has been much easier knowing the joy and happiness it brings into my family’s life. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you really want it to work.

Most of all, I am thankful to be in the position I am. But I also know that my husband and I have tried really hard to find a way to make this work for our family and without that trust, communication and love between us maybe I wouldn’t be writing to post right now.

It has been a truly amazing year and the journey has only just begun.

I want to thank you, my lovely followers, for joining me. The many kind words of care and support has been overwhelming at times but also exactly what I have needed to hear.

One year ago I made the best decision of my life …. and now I look forward to what every new day brings, enjoying the little things and creating special moments with my family. I truly feel blessed.

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18 thoughts on “One year ago…

  1. I’ve been a stay at home mum technically for almost 2yrs now although it was all mat leave and I only officially quit my job in April. Its been the best thing ever and I don’t miss work one bit. Yes we could do with extra money, but money can’t buy the time and experiences I get with my daughter each day.

  2. Congratulations I am really happy for you.
    It was just over a year ago that I too left my career and I haven’t looked back. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t challenging times and that it has all been easy. But I feel like I am living my life now rather than just rushing around and life is a lot more rewarding.

  3. I’ve been a SAHM for twelve years, and I love it. It’s been so lovely to be at home for the kids when they need me. I’m hoping that next year when my baby goes off to school, I’ll be able to work at home so I can still be around when needed. πŸ™‚

    • That sounds perfect Jess. When I made the decision to leave work, I almost felt like I was doing everything backwards as most people start gearing up to get back into work when their kids are in school, while I was making plans to leave work and stay at home! But it feels right for me and my family and that is the main thing.

  4. This is such a beautiful post and one I really resonate with. I stopped working in my private practice in 2007, about 6 months after my brother died suddenly. Josh was about to start school, Sam was two and I didn’t want to feel so stressed anymore. Two family tragedies (and another around the corner I didn’t know about yet) had shown me that family and relationships come before everything else and like you, money doesn’t buy happiness. Eventually I started working with Stampin Up very part time because it was something for me and just earning a few extra dollars doing something I loved and did anyway (scrapbooking). I only did that because could fit around the kids needs, was 100% flexible and I could do it al from home. That has taken so much pressure off me and allowed me to always put my family needs first and just grow my SU business when they were at school. That involved sacrifice too, and I totally agree that having a supportive husband that recognises what was important made it all happen. Wishing you may more years of SAHM bliss πŸ™‚

    • Oh thank you so much Claire, and thank you for also sharing your story with me. It seems we always wait until something major happens before we make these type of life changing decisions. Good to hear you are also doing something that you love, it certainly makes a big difference.

  5. What a wonderful year you must have had! I work 3 days per week and feel that’s an OK balance for us – at this point – but I would really like to be able to just work school hours when my kids start school, so I can drop them off and pick them up. We’ll see! We’ve still got 18 months before Little Miss starts school so you never know what might happen I guess πŸ™‚

  6. I sense the relief in your words. A brave decision and obviously the right one. I am a stay-at-home mother and am so grateful for the time I have with my children. Hello by the way, I’m Deb and I’m visiting via the FYBF link up.

  7. I remember reading your post when you first stopped full time work. Wow Has it been a year already. I know it is cliche but our kids are only young for a short time. They really do grow up too quickly. Enjoy your time with them.

  8. Erika, what a beautiful story. I absolutely admire your courage, it is just so brave to turn your life around and seek what makes your heart sing.

    The precious moments are just that, and they pass so quickly. It does seem so simple to sit and watch your child swim, to be there and fully present with them, yet like many things so easy to complicate.

    I look forward to following your second year of living life a little more simply.

    Fran

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