I know some readers who love CFO precisely because I’ve been a working mom talking about the constant juggling and balancing that moms who work full-time outside of the home really have to master. It’s hard. There were times when it was truly overwhelming, and for me, I reached the point where something had to give.
If I’d truly loved my job, this blog would have been the thing to go. But since I wasn’t enjoying work very much, and I do still love blogging, I decided to keep the blog and ditch the full-time job. This blog, in many ways, will be my job since it’s now my primary source of income.
I read sometimes about pressure among stay-at-home moms to be a working mom, but among working moms, there’s often pressure to be a stay-at-home mom. Some (many? most?) of us feel guilty about working and not spending more time with our kids, some of us feel that the stay-at-home moms we know think we’re odd for working, and some of us put the pressure on ourselves because we’d rather be home with the kids. In fact, all of the moms at my job told me they were jealous.
But there are those of us who love working. In fact, I have some friends who could afford to quit but don’t want to. It’s not that their family isn’t a priority, and they’d quit in a heartbeat if it was better for their family – say, if their child became ill. But if they can work, they’d rather do so.
In the meantime, I am mentally preparing myself for an identity crisis as I meet new people and can no longer say that I’m an attorney. That’s just going to be weird.