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by Colleen Elizabeth Categories: Welcome to the Pickled Ginger!

Eagerly anticipating my first hot sip of gourmet coffee, I bounce out of bed and throw on my cute little yoga pants and sports bra, determined to squeeze in a quick intense workout before whipping up a delicious homemade breakfast to nourish my husband and children before seeing them off to school and work.  Upon hopping in the shower to wash off the joyful morning chaos, I indulge myself with a moment to appreciate the fragrant lather of my luxury soaps and meditate on the day’s tasks ahead.  Awake and fresh, my hands finally warmed around a mug of my favorite dark aromatic brew, I fire up the notebook in my private home office, ready for a productive day of work until my Superwoman talents are again required later in the evening for the culinary delight that is dinner, followed by the frenzied process of getting the children settled into bed, just in time for me to enjoy some quality cuddles with my husband.

This is exactly how your life as a work-from-home mom runs, right?  Because it so, so does NOT sound like my life ‑ at all.  Although I will admit it is pretty much what I naively dreamed being a work-at-home mom would be like, and judging from the pitch of many of the work-at-home scams out there, this is exactly how your life can be too (not to mention the gobs of cash) if you can just manage to scrape up that one-time investment!

To give credit to whom it’s owed, maintaining a home and family IS work at home in and of itself.  And using that home as the base from which you earn a living?  Well it can be, as in my case, a marriage made in sweat-pants, dust-bunny and dysfunction heaven.

You see, as a work-at-home wife and mother of two, I still don’t quite have it figured out.  Honestly, the artful toggle from mom to professional and back over the past seven years has continued to elude me and the pressure to grasp it has sent me running for the comfort of my own bed (or the bottle) (okay, the refrigerator – you got me!) more than I care to admit.  Organization, efficiency and productivity have merely been buzzwords in my vocabulary and to obtain and maintain each will require a total overhaul in my thinking and habits.  And this is where it begins… Again.

I hope you will subscribe and continue to read my posts while I attempt to chisel out a new (and improved!) path for this work-at-home mom.  Along the way, I hope you’ll laugh with me (hey, at me will work too) and feel free to share your thoughts, advice and experiences.  In turn, I promise to share some of my favorite recipes, and also to let you in on what I’ve been doing to make money from home (scam-free, I swear) and how you can too.  As an added bonus, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll walk away from my posts feeling much better about yourself as a significant other, friend and/or parent.    You’re welcome.

Colleen

 

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