On November 4, 2010, I walked out of a local bank where I had worked for the past two years, two cities, three transfers, and no pay raises (other than when I switched cities and had to be paid market minimum here). Over worked and under paid doesn't scratch the surface for what I went through at that job and throw being robbed in the mix and you've got several stories I'll still be telling when I'm 80.
Six weeks prior I had turned in my two weeks notice with no idea of what I would do or if I would work at all. Two weeks prior to my last day I got the offer of a lifetime to work in my field from HOME. I'm an Animal Scientist specialized in Animal Breeding & Genetics so stay at home jobs aren't commonplace. I love working from home at my own pace, calling cattle producers, and spending my days talking about cows. I had been praying for months that God would open the door that would allow me to be able to leave the bank and I know I don't thank him enough for completely changing my life. It's difficult to know what an effect your job can have on you until you are in a better place looking back at what life used to be.
I love being a SAHW and I can't begin to describe the joy this has brought to my life. In addition to the job in my field I was offered a nanny job in February that's 10 hours a week unless there's a business trip and I have to stay overnight. For the months where my regular job is slower this extra income is much appreciated. In April I started volunteering at our local hospital which is something I started as a teenager in my hometown and have been anxious to return to since. In May I began working on my health and fitness goals and started using a free one-year membership to a gym that I won in April. Not sure what the rest of the summer holds but the last time I had a free summer without work or a full load of classes was when I was 12. I've either worked or been in class since that summer. Not to say that I won't be working this summer but when your office is the couch or recliner and your work attire consists of t-shirts and shorts one can't complain about having to spend a few hours typing on the computer and talking on the phone.
To see what a normal day looks like for me see this post. Since that post I've added in 2-4 days per month at the hospital volunteering and the times vary from day to day but that's pretty much my life these days. Today I probably won't do anything except run my mile and try out one of my new yoga DVD's. If I get some work to do then obviously I will pull myself away from the tv and get to it! There is one thing that I do need to come clean about and I'm not sure if I've told Allan about this or not. He turns on ESPN Sportscenter in the mornings and often will leave it on when he goes to work between 8:30-9:00. I have a tendency to leave it on while I eat breakfast, drink my coffee, and hop on the computer for a couple hours. I love sports and this guilty pleasure overwhelms me with sports stats and news that spill over into my conversations throughout the day.
I'd love to hear what other SAHW or SAHM do with their days!