In my previous post I talked about the lack of balance between my work at home and my time with my children. After a few weeks of thought, research and analysing I have decided to combine them all and totally redesign how my business trades.
If you are a regular reader you will know that I am a Latter Day Saint (Mormon) mother. Divorced but still significant in life and spirit :) I work from home so I can raise my children myself, I try to stay busy and provide my family with a good diet of spirituality, food, skills, communication, time, love and effort to name a few. In doing this I have struggled in some areas along the way and got to a point where I felt I had 3 choices:
- Quit working and live on the income I already have coming in.
- Go out to work and use childcare.
- Find a better way to manage my work and family.
The idea of being a stay at home mum and nothing else bores me senseless. I love doing my fairy chores, I love decorating, I love making a meal for my kids, I love cuddling up on the sofa being squished in between them both while trying to watch a movie. If that is all I do then I am going to lose my mind before long.
I was tempted with going out to work, Charley is almost in full time school, Kirsten is settled and I figured maybe me getting out there and having a constructured day will mean when I am home its time for the kids, no deadline pressures, no advertising, financing or sponsorship to work on, no write ups, newsletters, articles, blog posts or reviews to do. No accounts to fill in, no invoices to sell out, no deal packages for schools and centres, no printing costs or arguements with the printer about what I want to print verses what it wants to print.....the list goes on. The idea of working with other adults is appealing, the idea of Christmas parties and banter in the office is a plus too. But then I think if thats the life I wanted I shouldn't have had kids. I dont feel guilty for being attracted towards it, I dont even feel bad that deep down its not the right move for me yet, but its an idea that somehow might work in the future. Its a possiblity.
As my family is now, I need to be home. I need to put them first still and then work around what else I have to do. So how do I do it?
Easy. I am a homemaker right? I have to feed my kids? I have to entertain my kids? I have to educate my kids? I have to finance our home? I have to have fun with my kids?
Right. Thats what will become a funloving family and business rolled into one! For all the things I feel my children need to learn, for all the things they want to learn, for all the things I need to do to take care of them I will soon be sharing them here on the www for other parents, mums, single mums and whoever to be able to preen for themselves!
So The British Homemaker will be born soon. On the site there will be gradual collection of sewing projects, homemade furnishings, decorating and resorting tips, craft ideas, craft projects and classes, recipes, parenting ideas, recycling tips and a whole load more! I will be giving so much of my family life to this business that I hope you come join me and enjoy the journey with us.
So, for me, its more important for me to work from home than it is to go to an office job every day, its more important to me that if my son is ill in school its me that collects him, its important to me that when my kids wake up its me they see and the same when they go to sleep. Its important for me to know that Kirsten and Charley will have the same memories later in life as Jaymie and Scott do....of me being a full time mum.
I expect the site to be up and running in the next few weeks, I am having issues with html and css right now so have handed it over to someone who will hopefully be able to do it much quicker than me (and better!). When The English Homemaker is launched there will be a heap of giveaways and competitions....so dont forget to bookmark this blog and keep checking back!!
Edited to say: The new site will be live by end of Sept 09 latest.