When people ask me what I do for a living, I usually stumble for a second. Am I a freelancer? Stay-at-home mom? Am I full-time? Part-time? I tend to get a little cheeky in my response, telling people that I’m a freelance writer and part-time stay-at-home mom, because honestly, that’s what it feels like. When my kids aren’t home, when they’re at school or at other activities, I’m all about the work, but when they’re home it gets a little more complicated. I know there are a lot of parents out...Read more
Working as a freelancer and a stay-at-home mom
When full-time is too much time, figure out if you’re ready to go freelance
I kind of had an inking that full-time work was becoming too much for me even before losing my corporate job. I’d get to the end of my eight-hour day exhausted, not able to fully invest in spending time with my family in the evenings. It got frustrating, and I wasn’t sure exactly what to do about it until the universe gave me helping hand - I lost my job.
It had been an ideal set-up since I worked full-time from home. I could pick up my kids from school or run out to meet the bus, and I had...Read more
Now that we have to do both
When news of the school closings and social distancing procedures hit Atlanta, I was bummed. As the coronavirus sent everyone home for the potentially long haul, I couldn’t help feel a sense of anxiety. How was I going to get anything done? It’s not that my whole routine changed, I’m always home for work, I freelance. The issue became whether or not I could work from home and be at home at the same time.
Working from home
People joke all the time about how those of us who get to work from...Read more
The importance of self-care
It’s not easy to hit the “stop” button when you work from home. The very convenience of your computer, your email, everything is right there. Even with my kids home, doing their own thing, it’s so easy to get lost in what I have to do. I forget to do something each day I want to do. It can be as simple as cuddling on the couch to watch a movie, but more often it’s finding time to do something quiet, and alone.
Between work, family, errands, and chores, we all need a time for a brain break....Read more