For eighteen years I have been wearing the practical mom shoes. You know how it is, the first few years you spend running after the kids then you spend the next fifteen years running them around, play group, little league, school parties, doctor’s appointments, workouts, work, it just keeps going and going. Well this middle age mom is ready to trade those practical shoes in for a pair of shoes that might not be quite so comfortable but are definitely more exciting.
I have spent the last year re-educating myself to enter back into the work force. Once upon a time a long, long time ago I was more than just a wife and mother. I was actually a professional making a good salary and participating in the world of people over twenty years old. As a matter of fact I was pretty darn good at what I did. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret my decision to stay at home with my kids, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My kids have thrived from having me at home, but my job with them is pretty much done, so now it is time to revisit me.
So here I sit on the edge of a new beginning. The schooling is done the resume is written and the applications are filled out. Now I just have to sit and wait. The resume writing was a challenge and a half. How is it that you can turn raising three kids, one husband and managing a home look impressive work experience? I guess that is where my creative writing comes in handy. Let’s be real, running a household isn’t that much different from running a business. I can balance a budget, multitask, I’m organized, work well under pressure, deal well with conflict, a great team builder. Yup being a mom, or domestic engineer as I prefer to call it, gives you most of the skills you need for any job.
2013 promises to be an exciting new year. This old dog is ready to try some new tricks. I better reorganize my closet so I can make room for those new shoes.
To my fellow stay-at-home moms and/or middle age women I hope you wear whatever shoes you want to. Don’t be afraid to try on a new pair if they keep calling your name. No they may not be as comfortable as your old ones but with a little time you can break them in. If you are satisfied with the shoes you are currently wearing be proud of yourself for what you are doing. We are all contributing to society in one way or another and we need to be proud of that. Don’t short change yourself you still have the skills to compete in the work force if you so chose. If you have another dream hold on tight to it, your time will come, don’t give up and believe in yourself. Before you know it the kids won’t need you as much any more and you take a little time for yourself.
Wish me luck…it’s been a long time since I’ve had to knock on doors and sell myself as an asset to your company!