Life is sure funny. I thought when I was a teenager I had it all figured out. I would have a professional job working behind the scenes of an amazing company and come home to a drop-dead gorgeous husband, my sweet babies, and my nanny who would take care of my sweet kids while I was away at work. I laugh at the thought of what I wanted “when I grew up.” As life would have it, I did score a gorgeous hubby, had two babies, and got to work behind the scenes for a very famous steak house in town and it was bliss! Right? Kind of.
Being a mother changes you from the inside out. From thinking you know what you want out of life, to forsaking all you know and being ready to give it all up for some afternoon play time and carpooling along with soccer practices. That’s the power of motherhood.
The arrival of my sweet, sweet boy changed my heart, as did my daughter starting kindergarten — it was more than I could bear. I had just started a “side” business for some extra shopping money or a weekend beach trip, but before long I found myself considering a gigantic leap – from being a professional by day and mommy at night to working from home and running my own business full time. I was completely terrified. I was planning on coming up with a fabulous schedule with all of the time I was going to have, all the projects I would get done, organizing every little space in our new house … Let’s just say my closets are still in need of a makeover.
It will be three years this fall that I made the jump to being a work-at-home mom. Running a successful boutique, Stinkin Cute Designs, while trying to keep up with my crazy kids. It can be tough and frustrating. There are days nothing gets done, and days I feel like super mom. Thank GOODNESS each day is a new day. I start to miss my job that I loved less and less and fall into my role more and more each week. I am quite glad that God’s dreams are much bigger than mine. I feel a lot less heartache, and He pushes me to be what he wants me to be.
In these last three years I have tried numerous times to find that magic schedule that will make everything go smoothly. I’m still working on it, but what I know is that each season is its own. You have to make schedules (but they can flex), boundaries, time for yourself, and be able to shut the door to work — whether work is sewing, as in my case, or anything else. I can be as busy as I need to be. There are still moments I am overwhelmed, burnt out, in need of a vacation. But once I am able to re-group it’s back to the things I love — my babies and sewing. There is no magic schedule, or magic formula, to what success is. You take the steps the Lord leads you in, do your best, and the rest is extra sunshine.
Shea Lieder is loving life as a work-at-home mom and owner of her own company, Stinkin Cute Designs. She loves being with her family during the day, as well as making products that other moms love.
[featured image via fitting it all in]