My kids were 5, almost 3.5, 2.5 and almost 1. I was working a full-time corporate job making six figures. When I was working, I was thinking of all of the things I was missing with my kids. When I was with my kids, I was constantly on my phone trying to keep up. I was stressed and I wasn’t happy. Something needed to change.
So what now?
My husband and I started discussing our options. Do I stop working and become a full-time stay-at-home mom? If so, do we keep our live-in nanny, my right hand, the person who loves my kids, cares for them and helps keep our house standing? How could I stop working altogether? I will lose my mind taking care of four little kids by myself almost every day and night of the week. When all of my kids are in school then what will I do?
There were so many questions, so many unknowns, and so many unsure feelings. So we began brainstorming. I didn’t want to stop working altogether, but I did need more flexibility in my life. I wanted to control my schedule, be more available and present with my kids, but still keep my identity. And then it hit us….
For many years, friends have asked how I keep things so organized with such a hectic family life (four kids in less than 4.5 years is no joke). I love organizing…and I thrive and function best in an organized environment. Could this really be a business? I started researching and found there was a whole world of professional organizers out there. Then I wrote a business plan, came up with a company name, registered as an LLC, and set up my website. I took a few courses to become a professional organizer while working my full-time job and trying to keep my family life running as smoothly as possible. I had all of the basics down, but would people actually pay me? And could I really quit my job not knowing?
I decided to try and start my business and have some flow of income before quitting my job. Nothing like adding more stress and work to my already overflowing cup! But it was the only way I felt comfortable leaving my corporate job. I booked my first client and realized that this was it, this was what I wanted to do….and people would pay me! Shortly after, I quit my corporate job and started as a professional organizer full time – well part-time hours but this was now my only gig outside of being a wife and mom.
The New Working Mom
It was liberating and felt so good to be doing something that I really loved while helping others bring peace and order into their homes. I did it – I turned my passion for organizing into a business! Sometimes all it takes is a leap of faith… If there is something in your life that seems off balance or if you are thinking of a career change–lean into those feelings! Those tugs in different directions may be leading you to exactly where you are meant to be!