It’s official. I have traded in my paycheck for the opportunity to be a stay at home mom. (More on that decision here.)
Cue the panic just a little bit right?
To be totally honest, this change has really thrown me for a loop. Some days I find myself fighting it and wishing I hadn’t quit. Not because I would rather work than stay home, but because I am terrified by the loss of independence. That’s another post entirely I am sure, but I am leaving it at that for the moment.
So I decided to take a big, symbolic step to get myself firmly over the fence into accepting and embracing this new chapter in life.
I got my nose pierced.
It’s such a small thing, literally, but it has huge meaning to me. It is my way of telling myself that there is no going back and that this is something to be excited about. Getting my nose pierced is actually something I have been thinking about off and on for several years now. I never took the plunge because I couldn’t have my nose pierced at work. But now there is nothing stopping me. And that is really exciting.
It’s funny when you start to look back at all the choices you make in your lifetime based on how employable it will make you. For military spouses I think this can be especially true since we end up hunting for a new job more often than our civilian counterparts. We live almost in fear that nobody will want to hire us because of some choice or circumstance from our past. Now I got the chance to turn the tables and make a choice solely for myself. I got my nose pierced as a reminder that I can choose myself. How crazy is that?
Plus it helps my “cool mom” street cred right?
I am a stay at home mom now. And I am proud of that. This is not a temporary thing while I search for a new job. Becoming a stay at home mom is my opportunity to spend time with my son every single day. This is my chance to teach him and watch him grow. Childhood is so short and I am really excited to be there to experience his childhood with him.
And this little stud in my nose will always be a reminder of the choice I made.
Did you do something fun when you became a stay at home mom? I would love to hear your story!