Last June I signed up to sell bags and totes with Thirty-One Gifts. I knew I liked the products, I knew that I wanted more for free, and figured, "Why not give it a try?"
So, flash forward a year and two months and I find myself a Director with the company.
Um, what? This stay at home mommy is a director of something?
Apparently. And I absolutely love my job. I still get to be home with my kids, but then go out and have my "me" time with my job. And did I mention that my job is going to parties where women talk about bags? Pretty sweet.
It is still hitting me that this is what I do. When I am introduced to new people and someone asks me what I do, I have to catch myself from saying, "I stay home," and can now say, "I'm a director with Thirty-One."
NOT that saying, "I stay home" is anything to be ashamed of. Hello-my entire blog is based on how thankful I am that I get to stay home while my kids are young. But, I have to admit, it is fun to state that I do something else as well.
Maybe it is because I have felt lost during the past nine years-lost of who I used to be. I used to be fun and felt like I made a difference in people's lives. I had more adventures and ideas. I look at my pictures from college and our first couple of years of marriage and I think, "Wow, where did that woman go?"
Yes, I know how important my past nine years have been-taking care of my children and spending quality time with them is more important than how I feel about myself. I know that shaping them into the people that they are becoming is a thousand times more important than my ego. And I would never trade it for anything. The sacrifices have been worth it.
I just really appreciate being able to interact with other women and help them reach their goals. And setting my own goals and working hard to reach them (this is when my stubborn personality helps me succeed). And I love being able to contribute financially to our family budget. It has been a blessing to work for a company that lets me set my own hours, gives me chances to move up and earn more, all while allowing me to stay home with my kids during these precious few years.
So, this mom will continue to change diapers (really need to get on potty training Noah, right?), clean the house, make meals, carpool to school and soccer and baseball, discipline, do laundry, pay bills, and generally keep our crazy family of five somewhat sane. But, this mom will also schedule parties, keep up with customers, train a team of fabulous women, and sell bags and totes to anyone who is interested.
And will have fun doing both things at the same time. Bring on the chaos.