Saturday, January 13, 2007

I Love My Job

I feel very fortunate to be able to work from home. I love it, especially since I know what it’s like to work outside the home as a mother. I’d always worked in an office—even after having my two oldest children—until I had my twins three years ago. I certainly don’t miss the long hours, the commute, the bureaucratic nonsense, the idiotic bosses, and the limited vacation time. I do, however, miss the bigger (and reliable) paychecks and the chance to have more adult conversations. But those things are well worth the trade-off of being able to work from home.

Of course, having a home office isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For instance, I never leave the “office”! Work is always calling to me, and I find myself working more nights and weekends than I ever did. There are no days off (yes, I work 7 days a week), and no getting away from the demands of my job. And, of course, having kids at home, it’s always a struggle to balance my time with the children and my work commitments.

But, in the long run, I do feel I have the best of both worlds. I have a career I love, no irritable boss, a flexible schedule, and more time with my kids. My heart aches for those mothers who have no choice but to trek to an office every day to support their families, and I hope that the future holds more opportunities for mothers—and fathers—to work from home if they desire.

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