The Captain and I agreed on a plan when we decided to start a family. I would stay home with our kids until they were all in school, and then I would go back to work, or transition back into a greater level of engagement with society.
It wasn't easy. I've been at home for eight years, and it has taken determination, sacrifice, and focus. I am so glad that I've done it. I am proud of sticking with it, and doing my at-home mothering to the best of my ability (most days!).
This year is my transition year. Now that Finch is in preschool, getting ready to start school next year, I need to decide on what I want to do next, and how to get there. Easier said than done.
I have two different dream jobs in my head that are completely different from each other.
Job 1 - Working with a landscape design firm on small projects, designing and installing gardens specifically for families, incorporating permaculture principles, bringing wildlife into the garden, creating organic kitchen gardens, and creative and thoughtful play areas for children. Bunny Guiness is my idol.
Job 2 - Working to support families (biologically intact, foster, or adoptive) with access to information, and connection to resources during times of challenge.
The kind of job I had before we started our family is completely out of the question, now that we have three busy kids. I don't want work to stray too far outside of school hours. For Job 1 I would need to retrain, as I have no credentials in design or horticulture.
You'd think that after considering it for several years, I'd know just what to do...but I don't.
After being out all this time, the idea of going into job interviews or back to study is a bit daunting. In my dream scenario, I find work through a social connection, and just kind of slip back in. There's a lot of fantasy going on here, I know.
How about you? Have you navigated a career change or a relaunch back into the workforce? How did you do it?