I’m going back to work!
It seems very odd to be saying that after so long.
I’m due to return to a 40 hour a week commitment at the start of October – just over two weeks from now.
I have mixed feelings about my return but necessity overrides emotion: nearly half a decade with just one wage coming into the home has left a hole in the finances that needs to be filled.
When I took a career break back in 2008 I quickly formed an intent to explore other ways of making a living that would allow me to work from home whilst looking after my young family.
I made some great headway but lost momentum as I encountered some early failures and a resultant lack of confidence.
Not to be deterred I tried again and, sadly, failed again.
It just wasn’t happening for me. I sunk a lot of time into ventures that simply did not work and even now that still stings.
There came a point when I decided to stop trying to build a business, and instead, invest my time in reading, learning and experimenting with a view to trying again in the future.
Knowing that I would be returning to work I was determined that my options would be vastly better once I rejoined the ranks of the gainfully employed.
I’m at that point now.
All four of my children are now settled in full-time education and I can no longer justify the work at home lifestyle – at least not on a full-time basis.
That may change in the future as I start to put into practice what I’ve learned over the last few years, but for the foreseeable future I’m happy to do the 9 to 5.
Jim Rohn said, “Work full time on your job and part-time on your fortune“… and that’s what I intend to do.
This site is still very relevant. I have nearly five years of hard won experience to share.
I survived as a work at home parent (see my definition of work at home), but there were times when it was touch and go.
Perhaps one of the best things about my experience is that I’ve learnt so much more about myself and I have a better idea of what’s important in life.
I honestly believed at the start that my problems were all external, that I could somehow find a few ‘hacks’ and fix my life – but the real value in the process came from the realisation that the problems I had were mostly inside my head.
It was only when I started to fix my thinking, my outlook and my attitude, that my life started to improve dramatically.
It was Edmund Hillary, the first man to reach the summit of Everest, who said:
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
…I’ve spent the last few years discovering this for myself, and armed with that kind of insight I’m excited about the future and looking forward to this new phase in my life.
I’m sorry I’ve stayed away from the site for so long, but I hope you understand there was good reason for doing so.
I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, but for now I’m going to retain an air of mystery about what exactly I’ll be doing for a living. It’s more exciting that way, don’t you think?
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