...get out of your bed to go sit at your desk and work so you grab the laptop and get back under the covers
...respond to emails in all 5 (or 6 or 7) of your email accounts
...check voicemail even though the light has been blinking for a few days
...get your little one off to school on time because the struggle to get started in the morning is entirely too real
...prepare a hot meal for dinner so you grab take-out on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…
...make it through your workday without your mind drifting off repeatedly thinking about a simpler life
...wait for 5pm so you can close your laptop and spend the rest of the evening being completely unproductive on the couch
...put on clothes so you end up wearing your pajamas overnight and all day the following day
...maintain interest in your current position which you once loved
Yes, it happens to the best of us. We hit that point of borderline overwhelm and we’re uncertain about how to push through the cloud and make the necessary adjustments to regain focus and love what we do day in and day out once again.
Something needed to change and it needed to change immediately because, as a mother, I am well aware of the fact that my daughters watch each and every move I make (and don’t make). I treated myself to flowers one day and my teenager asked me what was wrong. I didn’t go into details because I wasn’t even sure of how to answer that question. I did know, however, that it was time for shift.
You already know that I am a FT work-from-home employee, the single mom of two, a business owner, and a blogger. Wearing all of these hats and being a bit of an introvert means I spend a great deal of time in my home in front of a laptop. In order to regain focus, I needed to get out of the house.
I needed fresh air.
I needed face-to-face adult interaction with goal-oriented individuals who understood.
I needed a life.
Whew! There’s something about writing that is soooo therapeutic. I know there’s a work-from-home mom out there who needs to read this. She’s stuck and has completely lost track of her goals.
Here’s how I am pushing through…
- While other employment opportunities hit my inbox each and every week, I know that leaving my current employer is not the best move at this time. I enjoy the organization as a whole, so walking away would make very little sense and could lead to even more feelings of stagnation. So…I did as I’ve done in the past... I opened my mouth. I started looking for opportunities to grow with my employer. I prayed about it, claimed it in advance, and new projects have fallen into my lap to broaden my experience and provide me with an opportunity to interact with other teams within the organization. Feeling immensely refreshed!
- I am relying on my vision boards, my journals, and my whiteboard to keep my goals front and center. One of my biggest goals for this year was to become a homeowner again. I accomplished that and I believe it knocked the wind out of me just a bit. As a second-time homeowner, I was already familiar with the process, but this time I am several years older with multiple competing priorities on my plate. My other goals for the rest of the year? Regroup and grow as a mom blogger sharing work-from-home tips and opportunities to give others the flexibility and balance that I now have.
- I am making some changes in my business effective immediately. I have decided to temporarily suspend individual coaching and resume services. I began to overextend myself in that regard and, while I want to continue to help fellow working moms achieve their dreams of working from home without compromising success, I know that I need to pull back until I can give it 100% again. The weekly newsletter will continue and the blog posts aren’t going anywhere anytime soon along with the heavy engagement on both Twitter and Pinterest. I absolutely love writing as it serves as an outlet for me to share all I’ve learned over the years.
- I have committed to getting out of the house on a more regular basis! I enjoyed a Girls Night Out with a fellow single work-from-home mom yesterday that reminded me of the importance of getting dressed and getting out of the house away from the laptops and away from the children. I simply wanted to let my hair down and be Kristina for the night and that’s exactly what I did. It absolutely won’t be a one-time event because we both recognize the importance of adult interaction.
- I made the decision to become a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant again! I had a conversation with my teenager about it last week because she was around during my MK days many years ago and she remembered just how much I enjoyed it. I got out of the house to meet so many women and even developed a small team of consultants whose growth with Mary Kay was so rewarding for me. I am a huge fan of the product line (makeup, skin care, body care, fragrance) that returning as a consultant was a no-brainer for me.
So there it is! Probably the most transparent post I’ve ever written about my challenges as a work-from-home mom and how I am overcoming them as I sit here. The fog is still clearing and I am so excited about what lies ahead. I still have voicemails to check and emails to reply to in at least 3 of my inboxes, but I am well on my way to jumping out of bed with a smile and eager to give myself, my family, my employer, and my business my all once again.
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