Tomorrow, Bryce will turn 12 weeks old. Wow, that went fast.
And that means that my maternity leave is officially over. But after a lot of thought, I have a new game plan…
I am staying home with Bryce.
That’s right. I’m leaving my communications job in “Corporate America” in favor of staying home to raise my little love. Being a stay-at-home mommy is no easy task, I’ve come to find out. It is challenging and rewarding all at once. And I wouldn’t change it for the world.
For our family, it was a relatively easy decision. T and I always agreed that if we have the financial means to do it, I would stay at home with our child.
But truth be told, I wasn’t in love with my job either, so that certainly helped in my decision. But on top of that, I am a busy body by nature, and although I have this blog as a nice outlet to engage myself, I often find myself thinking (and praying) about “what’s next” for me.
I want to maintain my skill set in marketing/communications/social media and continue to build my career for when I go back to the workforce (likely when Bryce is in school.) And I crave that adult interaction, too. Ideally, I think finding a part-time gig or freelance/consulting work would be ideal so I would have a healthy mix of career/family.
I’m always thinking about my game plan and want to be really picky about how I spend my time now that I have a son to think about, but I feel that something is “missing” so to speak. Sometimes I feel selfish thinking that way when I have a beautiful baby boy to take care of, but it’s all about finding balance for myself, right?
So…what does that mean for the blog? Well, I’m definitely sticking around these parts. I enjoy blogging, but always want to be mindful of the time I am devoting to it and make sure that Bryce is my priority. So some weeks, you’ll see several posts, and other weeks, I may not get to writing any…but that’s just real life.
The Style Files has also evolved to be so much more than a “fashion” blog when I started it three years ago. I feel like it has become more of a “lifestyle” blog, albeit my personal style in food, decor, fitness and of course, fashion, among other things, like parenting.
You may also notice a few more sponsored posts here and there. I’ll be honest with you…now that we are on a single income, I look to the blog to bring in some extra moolah. Everything helps when you are on a budget! However, I will do my very best to be authentic and transparent and ensure that I only do sponsored posts that are a good fit for this blog, my lifestyle and my reader’s interests.
So there is my flow of consciousness for you. In the end, I am so incredibly blessed to be able to stay at home with Bryce. I love that little nugget more than I ever thought I could. And I’m sure I’ll find that happy medium where I balance my passions with being a mother as time goes on. All I can say is that I appreciate you following my little ‘ol blog. It’s a labor of love and has been a blast to develop over the past few years, with great friendships and opportunities along the way! So thank you. I really enjoy blogging and hope you enjoy it too.
And hey, as Maya mentioned in her blog post, you never know- blogging may launch my next career move. So if you know of any opportunities, let me know! It’s all about networking and putting yourself out there. I’m a firm believer in it.