For my fellow at-home workers, what response do you get when you are asked “What do you do?” and you say “I work from home.” ???
I’ll be honest, I 100% love what I do. However, when I was asked this the other day by our new neighbors I felt as if my response was just … lacking. I felt like I had to defend what I do. So I went on to explain to them that I own and operate a website/blog, I’m a freelance writer for other blogs, websites and online magazines, I dabble with photography and editing, and I am a website tester … I felt like I was rambling… like I had to prove to these people that I earn an income and don’t just sit around and watch TV all day.
Do you ever feel like what you do to earn an income isn’t considered a “real” job? Do you care how others think of you when they hear that you work at home?
Let me just say, this was completely in my head. Our new neighbors seem like very sweet and helpful people.
As most of you know, we are expecting our first little one to arrive in October this year. In fact, we are going to an ultrasound appointment today and will hopefully find out the sex of our little one! I am so excited to be able to contribute to our family income and still stay home with my baby. I have always wanted to be a stay at home mom. Okay… I’m getting a little ahead of myself.
This conversation I had with my new neighbors made me think about my WHY. Why do I work from home? Do I really love what I do and WHY do I love what I do?
So I thought I’d share what I came up with.
Here are my Top Five Reasons Why I Love What I Do.
Earning an income from home allows so much more freedom in my life. I don’t have to wake up at 7am if I don’t want to, I can run out and get a coffee if I want to, I can even go grocery shopping in the morning or midday when the stores are practically empty! And most important to me, once we welcome Baby H, I will be able to be there for everything. The first words, first steps, first time he or she rolls over or lifts their head up, playing outside together, preparing healthy snacks or lunches, etc. These things have been important to me for as long as I can remember. I’ve always known that when I became a mother, these moments were things that I would not want to miss and now, I won’t have to.
Being able to earn an income and stay at home is a huge deal to me. The income I generate while staying at home helps us buy weekly groceries, pay for household bills, make big purchases (like all the big stuff for baby H), put a downpayment on a new car, and even smaller things like buying pizza (or Japanese) for Friday nights makes me feel so accomplished and proud. I can honestly say that I help with our financial situation and that feels so good to me. Now, I know this is mostly a pride thing, but it feels good to know that I am doing something. I am contributing.
#3. My Writing
I have loved writing since I was little. I remember, when I was 15, I carried my pink, 1 subject, spiral bound notebook with me everywhere! Every chance I got, I was writing. It was my first “novel” and I was determined to write it and have it published before I graduated high school lol. Well, that didn’t happen. As I got older, I wrote for my high school yearbook, then in college at the student-run newspaper. I always made A’s in my English and Creative Writing classes. I really thought I was going to be somebody. A writer, an author… accomplished. Then, life happened. Next thing you know, it’s 10 years after high school. – Boy, this took a turn lol – Hormones… Anyway, my point is, I have always loved and enjoyed writing. By working on this blog, I feel like my writing has improved from the almost 4 year slump of hardly writing anything.
#4. Creative Growth
My creative side has grown leaps and bounds it feels like since starting this blog. I find myself wanting to restore things, build things, cook things, DIY everything, and all so that I can share it here on the blog. I love coming up with these posts every week and I hope you all enjoy them as much as I enjoy writing them.
Last but not least, my faith has grown. I read more in my Bible weekly and I try to find faith-based and inspirational topics to talk to you guys about. Being able to go a little deeper with you guys and put something out there that makes a difference is one part of my job that makes me so happy. I know I want my little one to grow up in a God-fearing/ God-following home and being in my Bible frequently and learning as much as I can will definitely help me teach my little one.
So, these reasons are my WHY. This is why I choose to stay at home, work from my computer, and generate as much income as I can. Working from home means more freedom to do as I wish, but it also sometimes means late nights, hours of editing, always having my laptop open waiting for that “DING” of a new test, and constantly coming up with ideas to talk with y’all about, as well as browsing other people’s blogs and commenting on their posts in the hopes of generating some traffic on my person blog. I’m also dabbling with the idea of growing my own online business. There are so many opportunities out there. You just have to do a little digging.
It’s not always easy, but because I took the time to sit down and list out my WHY’S, I am reminded that it is always worth it.
I hope this inspires at least one of you to take the plunge and find ways to generate an income from home. If you would like me to go a little deeper into how I make money from home, comment below or reach out on social media!
Lots Of Love,