Has it really been 7 years?? No, way. Way! It's been 7 years since I stopped contributing to our Household Income. 7 years of clipping coupons. 7 years of unemployment. 7 years as "Director of Household Affairs". And, 7 years as stay-at-home-mom to my 3 sweet boys (well, 4 if you count my husband...who's just as sweet). I look back at how fast time has flown by, and how big my boys are getting, and I wonder "How the heck have I been able to pull this off for so long??" Somehow, amidst the 7 years of having at least one child in diapers every day (yes! EVERY day), the 5 or so homes we moved in and out of, the however-many career changes my husband has made, the charter school I helped start, and now the jewelry designing business I've begun...somehow, I've still managed to raise good kids, keep my loving husband, and pay the bills on time (well, most of the time). 7 years ago, I had the title of "Director of Financial Reporting & Management" and I earned a paycheck. Now...I have no title, no paycheck...and I'm infinitely happier than I could have ever imagined. Still...there will soon be a day when my boys are all in school full-time (yes!) and I'll have 7 hours to my self. That's scary. I'm not sure I can live with my self, by myself, for that long each day. What will I do? How will I occupy my time? Hmmm...well, it's still a couple of years down the road...I guess I have time to figure it all out. I'll have to start preparing to reinvent "me"...after I pay the bills...which are probably late.
I am a stay-at-home mom by day...jewelry designer by night (and sometimes during naps). I do a lot of thinking, designing, managing, coffee-drinking and web-surfing in my office/studio/sanctuary...and want to share with you.