I was initially inspired to work at home when my first born was in diapers. Deep down, I really wanted to be one of those moms who could bake and be an at-home mom with all of their ambitions being filled right in their own households, but I mentally tortured myself into not being one of those. Ever. I had a hunger inside of me and nothing was going to satisfy it completely except perhaps, more cowbell. And work that inspired my youthful ambitions.
During a La Leche League meeting in 1981, one of my friends told me about a member who employed women in her home and we could bring our kids along, as they would play together in her basement as we worked. My ears perked right up, as I didn’t want to put my baby son into a daycare, but I still yearned for a way to contribute to my household financially. I signed right up to be a part of this work-at-home mother’s group and have been grateful every day since. I still keep in touch with the lovely woman who ran this business, and who ultimately helped me become licensed to open an arm of her business myself. It was a beginning dream come true.
Fast forward to today, 36 years later, and I still love working at home. My favorite part of working at home? Flexibility. By far. I can work from anywhere, any time. It’s fantastic. My least favorite? It’s sometimes lonely and work never, ever leaves. It’s always there lurking in the background, and like a new infant, it starts needing attention right when you are the most exhausted. But like my children, I won’t trade it in for a 9-to-5 job for anything.
Below I have outlined my typical day. TODAY. During the years, as a new mom, at times a single mom and now a grandma, while I have managed to work at home for all but 5 years of my children’s lives, my schedule was always changing to accommodate the current day’s priorities, such a sports practice, games, school functions and the everyday mom-stuff. Business has never come first, as family and whole living have. Working at home has allowed me to be me, and keep myself in balance in a way that I would have never had the opportunity to do otherwise.
Here’s a little synopsis of my REAL day. It’s not for everyone, but it works for me.
- 5am – Wake-up, put on a face mask and meditate with my husband
- 5:30 – 6:30 – First email check of the day – don’t engage, just check and clean up, read news and play on iPad in bed.
- 6:30 – make a lemon water drink and take it into my yoga room with me for my daily practice.
- 7:30 – breakfast for me (Ezekiel toast and fruit with coffee and o.j.), while the toast is making, i also feed my birds (lotsa hummers), mist my orchids and set up my iPad to do online classes while eating breakfast. Currently doing two classes, typically one is for business, the other is fun – such as photography, reiki or yoga.
- 9am – go out to my office/studio for work. Reply to emails, talk to staff, setup tweets for that day. My work computer is setup on a cycling station, so I cycle and work at the same time.
- 10am – go to Curves for a little bit of social and workout time with girlfriends. We usually do coffee afterward.
- 11:30 am – shower
- 12 noon – lunch hour (I always take the full hour with no electronics)
- 1pm – step on the cycle again and catch up on email, organize my computer (big on folders) and do some clean up in my office.
- 2 – 5pm – create, create, create. This is my time to write, work on my photographs, paint, knit, draw, make something. Sometimes I listen to an audiobook while creating. Always a fictional story/novel. I want to be entertained by this time.
- 5pm – husband is usually home by this time and working out. I typically hunt down dinner, pour myself a glass of wine and hunker down with Lester Holt.