In a way, it was literal for me #StartANewLife. In this case, it was a new professional life. As a person, I have been passionate and committed to my professional work. I was a Marketing professional who thoroughly enjoyed her brand management stint. Then, I was married and moved to US. The work sabbatical stretched when I had my first born. When he was about a year old, I had the itch to work. I tried out Medical Transcription. I completed the training successfully and got a job. It was a BPO job that required me to work in shifts. It took a huge toll on me. Though my husband was supportive, my toddler son was finding it very hard to cope with my weird timings. He would often be up way past his bedtime wailing for mamma.
That is when I decided to quit as managing everything – the home, a young child and a high-pressure job was driving me insane. I was really unhappy. Yes, the urge to work was still there within me. I guess, somewhere deep down my professional work brings me immense pleasure and satisfaction. Yet again, when my son was about 3 years old, I decided to teach. I taught for a year. That was a demanding job as well more so because my husband was traveling a fair deal back then. I had to handle a small child, work and home which was even more difficult in my husband’s absence. Like a zombie, I went about my day. I did not know when the morning got to evening. At least, I was in the same school as my son. But the days when he got sick were the worst. Sometimes, I had to tag him along even when sick. It made me feel so guilty that I was a really bad mother.
I realized that I could not continue in this manner. It was not fair to all of us. So, I quit after a year with a heavy heart. I had enjoyed teaching and was already pursuing my B.Ed which I now dropped. I then had my second child. That nagging feeling to work professionally was there in the pit of my stomach rearing its head again and again. This time I was sure that I would not take up full-time work till my children were young. I wanted to be around to enjoy their childhood. I wanted to be around when they came back from school. There was no way I could have managed a 9 to 6 job with hours of commute and done all that.
In a fit of boredom, I started my blog in 2008. Yes, the same one that you are reading now. 🙂 Little did I know that it was a stepping stone to a new professional life to me. Slowly and painstakingly, I built my career in Content Writing and blogging.
The journey was not easy, but it was on my own terms.
Now, I have two blogs that are monetized. I also have a slew of clients from across the globe in this crowded world of writing. I have won awards, accolades and friends. I have a lot of pride and satisfaction in what I have achieved and learned along the way. And, I get offers every day for full time opportunities. Maybe, I will take them up someday when the kids are older. Maybe not!
I am also a co-owner of a Technology startup. Who would have known that life would take such a turn? After graduation in Chemistry and an MBA in Marketing, I am now a professional Content Writer and loving it to the hilt.
Life it amazes you. It also strengthens my belief that if you put in hard work and are committed to achieve something, you will succeed. I take great pride in both my work as a mom and wife as well as professional work that I do as a work-from-home mom.
You can have it ‘all’ if you know how to tweak that ‘all’!