Last week I announced my word of the year which was DISCOVERY. Being a newly single mom I have yet to make a plan for my new life. At first the whole thing was overwhelming and scary. A lot of people don't understand why I didn't just plop my youngest in daycare and go to work full-time. Being a stay-at-home mom for the past 12 years has made me realize that this is not the direction I want to go. I truly respect those who have chosen this path and it must be crazy-hard, but it is just not for me.
I want to be there to see my kids go through all their different milestones. To be there when they're sick and not have to worry about calling into an employer to explain my situation. To be able to afford to send my youngest to the little preschool I love so much. To be in our own little home. And I also want to live a life that I have created doing something that I truly love. To be happy :)
So my dilemma for months has been how can I make this work? What can I do to make enough money to stay home and be able to create a lifestyle I want to live? I've done hours and hours of research, and I know in my heart that I can have this.
So what have I come up with so far? My first thought was to improve and monetize my blog. Bring it to another level. Become a professional blogger. The trouble with this is that I really like having a blog that isn't so formal, and I really don't really see myself doing this as my job.
My next thought was to look into blog design and other types of graphic design. This is an area that really interests me, and I am always analyzing all the cool blog designs and logos I see out there. I also love looking at Etsy shops that sell a wide array of products using graphic design. Invitations, party supplies etc. I'm always saying to myself "if only I could do that". And I totally could!
So I'm planning to take a course to learn some skills and see if this is something that I can do. I'm super excited to see how this goes. There's a huge demand for this type of work so I'm hoping that not only will it be enjoyable, but profitable as well.
Time will tell...