Welcome back to another guest blogger for my Interview With A Working Mum series.
If you’ve missed any you can find them all in this section, go and have a read!
This week we’re meeting Heather, a blogging mum from the US who has recently returned to work after being a SAHM for a while.
Firstly, please introduce yourself…
My name is Heather and I am a young stay-at-home mom of two. My husband David, and I have been married for 6 years and we have a daughter who is 5 and a son who is 14 months old. We live in the beautiful peach state of Georgia just a few hours from the city Atlanta.
I just recently started a mommy blog called very anxious mommy. I know! It’s a crazy name but it describes me perfectly. Anxiety and depression are two things I battle daily and, I am slowly but surely getting better and better. I continue to keep my head up and work through my emotions.
WHAT LINE OF WORK ARE YOU IN?
As a new blogger I am currently working at least 40-60 hours per week. I have my laptop near me all day so I can constantly keep an eye on what’s going on. I have also had many late nights for the past few weeks but it is the only time I don’t have screaming kids around me. In fact, as I write this my daughter is screaming because my son is not sharing with her.
ARE YOU IN THE SAME LINE OF WORK AS BEFORE YOU HAD YOUR children?
Before I became pregnant with my daughter just over 5 years ago, I worked as a cashier at Publix Supermarkets. I left that position because of the stress I was under. I certainly did not want to be so stressed while I was pregnant. I then decided to be a stay at home mom.
HOW QUICKLY DID YOU RETURN TO WORK AFTER HAVING YOUR kids?
I did not begin working until recently. I have been a stay at home mom for over five years.
DID YOU WANT TO RETURN TO WORK?
Although I have wanted to work from home for a very long time I had no idea how to make it happen or even what I would do to make money. And then my husband started pushing me to start a blog. Of course I thought he was silly for suggesting that. Me blog? What would I write about? Who would want to read it? Finally, I did start a blog and I love it. I’m hoping to eventually bring in a substantial income from it and help take some of the load off of my husband.
WHAT ARE THE HARDEST THINGS ABOUT BEING A WORKING MUM?
The absolute hardest part about being a working mom is trying to balance blogging and taking care of my kids and the house. I am constantly debating about where I should put my time and effort. “Should I nap while the baby naps?” “I hear the laptop calling my name. I can just sleep later.” “I should really deep clean the refrigerator, but I need to get on Pinterest and share my pins.” Uhh! Decisions are the worst.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT BEING A WORKING MUM?
My favorite thing about being a working mom is that I can bring some income into our home without actually leaving our home. While it is chaotic, I don’t have to pay someone else to watch my kids so I can work. I don’t even have to get out of my pajamas.
WHAT ARE YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT BEING A WORKING MUM?
On the other hand, my least favorite thing about being a working mom is having be wife, mommy, blogger, maid, chauffeur, and short order cook. I feel like I have a hundred different jobs all needing to be taken care of at once. I have to constantly put a little time into everything and that can be extremely stressful at times.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR OTHER WORKING MUMS?
I have one piece of advice I wish someone had given me when I first had children and had to find work. “Do what you have to do to survive. It doesn’t always have to be perfect. Just doing your best is good enough. Do what works for your family in that moment.”
My big dream with my blog is to make a good income so that my husband can stay home with us and not have to work the long hard hours that he does now. One blog post at a time I am trying to get us there.