In a perfect world my career would end when baby number one is born.
It is no surprise that I want to be a stay at home mom. It’s been my life’s goal since as long as I can remember. I am not a career woman. I do not live to work, I work to live. I have no desire to start my own company (other than maybe a very small one where I sell crafts out of my home). I have no desire for power and fame and money. I just want to have babies and puppies and grow veggies and cook dinners and make stuffed animals out of felt.
I knew, however, that there would be a period of time between graduating High School and having a baby that I would need to fill with something. I couldn’t just hang out and live at home waiting for Mr. Right to come along so we could get married and I could stand pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen. This is where, somehow, fashion entered the building.
I have always been crafty. I have always enjoyed making things with my hands. I love sewing and fabrics and trims and everything that surrounds it. So, when it was time to pick a career I had two options. I could go away to school to become a farmer (I am not kidding you I seriously contemplated this options) or I could apply to go to fashion school and work with the things that I loved; fabric and trims. It wasn’t that I was particularly fashionable, or that I even cared what the latest trends where, but it was the only way to turn my love of fabric and trim into an actual viable job.
While I have been very lucky in my career to be working for the company that I do, and very lucky that I enjoy what I do, it is not something I see myself doing forever. It really was something I set out to do to fill the time. The only problem is, in todays reality, will my dream of being a stay at home mom even come true?
It’s hard to even think about it knowing we are one day away from signing our lives away to a giant mortgage, with dreams of completely renovation the entire house. All of this costs large amounts of money which we can not pay for on one salary.
However, I don’t want to give up on my dream. I need to figure out how in the world I will be able to spend the majority of my time taking care of my family while not living in the poor house. Do I work part time somewhere? Do I find a job where I can work from home? Do I try to make a business out of my blog and sell advertising space? I am not opposed to leaving the world of fashion, but what else would I do?
So many questions, so little answers.
Obviously we have time to figure this out, I just want to be able to make my dreams come true. I need to find a solution.