After 15 years as a stay at home mom, I'm returning to the work force full time in January. I've been working very part time this last year, but none the less, this is a massive shift.
I'm very happy and excited. I always like my job, I just wanted to spend time with my kids when they were little. I didn't intend to spend as many years at home as I did. This really feels like the right time to go back, and the right position. The influx of income will be wonderful for my family at this juncture, as our kids are much more expensive than when they were small, and college is right around the corner. And I'm happy for me -- to use my education and skills and to be part of that other world again.
I'm wanting to both honor the time I spent at home while celebrating that it's coming to close. It almost feels like conflicting emotions. I'm so happy that I had so much time with my kids, and honestly, I'm also so happy that I'm going back to work. It's all good. It's the shift from one wonderful chapter of my life to a different chapter, which I also expect to be wonderful.