Thursday, 1 May 2014

Here it goes....my first blog post EVER! Enjoy ;)

What is a "WAHM" you may ask?  The acronym actually stands for "Work At Home Mom".  If you can believe it though, there have been Moms all over the world for thousands of years that have been working at home all day long, they even work in their sleep!  The biggest difference between one of those stupendous Moms and a WAHM is that the WAHM gets paid in actual green money, while the traditional "Stay At Home Mom" gets paid when they hear their child sing the ABC's for the first time, or when they see the beautiful artwork that was created on the wall while they were in the next room changing the baby.  Moments like these are all too precious to give up, in my opinion.  And as my quest to be the best Mom I can be, I feel like it is my duty also to show my children that they are important enough to me to work that extra little bit to pull in some income.  So while there may be times in the day that they don't receive my full attention, at least I am there and can come away from whatever I am doing, even just for a moment to witness when they share a toy or need help doing their zipper.

We really are living in such a privileged society nowadays that enables a Mom to choose from so many income earning jobs that they can do from home.  Or that's what they claim anyways, firstly that you can bring in the income and secondly that you can do it from home.  In my experiences, my expenses have been so high that there has actually been a negative income being created; but here's the catch, you are soo busy with all the hype that you loose track of how much you spent vs. how much you made...until tax time comes around and you realize you have lost money!  What kind of reward is that for all your hard work?  As far as the working from home goes, you get all signed up with these companies and they tell you to leave the kids at home.  With who?  Unless you have a free babysitter with a very open schedule (not likely) you will have to pay someone to come and care for your children.  This cost offsets the very money that you are walking out the door to do for your "work from home" job.

Now, I can tell you of another acronym that I know as well: "JOB" stands for "Just Over Broke".  And I'm sure that this is how most people feel three days after they get their paycheck and all the bills are paid and groceries are bought.  Broke, and tired and maybe even wondering what the point of it all is.  Is this a good way to live?  Or maybe you've gone to school for so many years of your young adulthood, because you had a good upbringing and you know that if you invest in yourself it pays out well in the end.  Sure, if that's the case, then three days after your paycheck you will still be able to go to a restaurant for a meal or two, maybe go buy a new pair of shoes or go to the spa (ahhh sweet peace).  However, if you ceased working for a few months so would your paycheck and you would be left with a depleted bank account.  Does that sound like true stability?

My answers to these questions are simple: no!  No, it is not good to live with the stress of the paycheck to paycheck "hamster wheel" and no it is not good to keep working at a stressful job just because it pays well.  And that brings me to another point....stress.  You know that feeling you get when you start your car up in the morning hoping to make it to work on time because you slept through your alarm, and you know that you could be fired if you can't make up a better excuse?  And the "I hope I don't get into an accident on the way to work today because I have to speed just to make it on time."?  Hmm....is this why our insurance rates are so high?  Because people have no stability in their life that they can't even be 15 minutes late or they'll get fired?

No thanks, I don't want that kind of stress and inflexibility.  It's too much for this lady to handle.  So that's why I have been "pounding the proverbial pavement" for years trying to find the perfect fit for the lifestyle that I want and need.  And you know what?  I have found it!  It is my best kept secret but if you are curious on how to improve your quality of life, please let me know.  I would be delighted to help.  In fact, that's my greatest reward: helping others reach their goals :)

With all that off my mind I am able to promise you a little something more intriguing for my next blog post, which you will see in a couple weeks, no doubt.

Take care in the meantime :)
-Maria

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