Can I be transparent for a moment?
After Jabez was born, I was working full time and, being a pastor, John flexed his office hours so he could stay home with the baby during the day and I could go to work, but that didn’t last long. I longed for more time with my new baby boy and John longed for me to come home. We made some major sacrifices and I came home to do a work-at-home-job and be a stay-at-home-mommy. I hated this new “job”. Not mommyhood, but the transcription job I was trying to juggle.
It was just awful, for so many reasons. So I tried something else. Mult-level marketing. Makeup. Then a hobby window decor business.
Now don’t get me wrong. My unfulfillment did not reflect how I feel about being a mom, because that is nothing short of miraculous. By now, we’ve added a fourth child to the mix and life is interesting and busy. I love being a mom. I love that I am raising my children. I love that they see my face when they wake up and go to sleep. I love that I am teaching them their letters and helping them with their homework. And while I wish I still had Moreland Daycare to help with the potty training, I’m so glad it’s me that gets to celebrate (and clean up) those milestones. But I don’t need this very expensive, private school Bachelor’s Degree to do any of this. I just don’t.
I’m still not great at being a stay-at-home-mom. I struggle with spending a well balanced amount of time cleaning and snuggling, cooking and reading. It’s so hard. And then there’s the financial sacrifices and burdens. I know that John shoulders so much of that burden, oftentimes in silence.
Until one day in April, I was scrolling through facebook as the kids ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and apple slices (apples=fruit=not a total failure). I saw a friend’s post about working at home and loving it. I started researching and it was like the heavens opened wide, I could hear the Hallelujah chorus, the Light of God Almighty shone down and I knew.
What is this, you ask?
Before I divulge all my secrets I will say that this met numerous requirements of what I needed:
2) The hours can be flexible and work with my kiddos’ and husband’s schedules.
4) I don’t have to sell a thing. Nothing. Nada.
5) My income is not based on getting anyone else to sign up, either.
6). I could use my hard earned, and very expensive, Bachelor’s Degree, and years of experience.
It’s a three year old company that pairs Chinese students with English teachers for one-on-one English as a Second Language classes. It is a $100M+ organization (and growing!) that bridges the gap between two different sides of the world for the funnest, sweetest, most challenging, and rewarding job I have ever had!
I am personally fulfilled by a caring husband, miraculous children, a wonderful family, and a circle of friends that get me, but this gives me a mental, educational, purposeful fulfillment that I am wired to crave.
And if you’re like me: looking for something new to do for extra income while raising your babies, then please, follow this link! (Don’t worry, even if you don’t–I will still be getting paid for the work I do teaching those Chinese kiddos English!) https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=4465509