If you're not feeling present as a parent because of your current job situation, then take the time to read this blog!
Just got off an online team call. None of us had makeup on, our hair wasn't done, in our pajamas or workout gear and drinking our coffee. Some of us had children giving us good morning kisses. It made me think how fortunate I am....we are.
There were so many moments I missed with my children when I worked nights and even when I worked full time during the day. I missed so many moments to snuggle, read together, have dinner together, work on homework together and tucking them in bed when I worked night shifts. Then when my youngest started school,we always had the plan I would work full time during the day. I was still missing out on things, that bothered me. I missed getting them on the bus, volunteering during the day, meeting the kids at lunch for school, some field trips, and being the one getting them off the bus. Then I took a job only during school hours. Which was better, but then ran into the problem of when one of my children was sick, when one child had a day off, but the others did not and still not being able to volunteer or eat lunch with them or get them on or off the bus. Time only seemed to be moving faster for me and I was missing out I things I knew I would NEVER get a chance again to be a part of.
I know when you work, you have to make sacrifices and not everyone will feel the same way I did, but I didn't want to miss these moments with my children. I knew I would never get a do-over, this was it. So I went back to school and got certified to be an interior decorator because this is what I loved to do, unfortunately something internally was still not being met. I was helping people, but in a materialistic way and I started to realize I wanted more. I knew I always wanted to help people, but this wasn't it. It's hard swallowing your pride, realizing everything you went to school for and worked hard for was not what you thought it would be. I know many of you can relate to these feelings as a parent.
Why am I so grateful? I don't miss things anymore. I can work while in the carpool line, or halftime at games, wake up a little earlier so I am present when they get ready for their school day, when my child is sick I am the one taking care of and I am not letting anyone down at work when I am home taking care of them. I am truly living my life by design.
I am not only helping others learn to love themselves again and get healthier, but my job requires me to do the same! I never had a job that wanted me to be healthy and fit.
I never take my current job for granted. I am constantly thanking God for this opportunity. Becoming a Beachbody coach was something I never planned, something I never saw myself doing and certainly not went I went to college for. I get to help others improve their life, I get to make myself a priority and I get to be the mom I always wanted to be- PRESENT!
If you want a change, if you like helping others, if you want to get healthier, if you want to be present in your families life, then ask yourself why not you to??