Six years ago (ish), I became what’s referred to as a WOHM, or a Work Ouside the Home Mom. I had a full-time job in an office, and a brand-new baby daughter at home. Naturally, that life change took some getting used to.
Fast forward to 2009: I was big and pregnant with #2, working at another WOHM job, not too thrilled with my situation. So I hired a skywriter to emblazon “I QUIT” across the skies over downtown Cincinnati (I wish my resignation was half that cool!), and soon after, gave birth to my sweet baby James.
After recovering from childbirth and getting used to having TWO kids now, I started life as a WAHM, or a Work at Home Mom. I had my own business, sent my kids off to school and the sitter, and set up shop in my home office.
Things were good. I loved the flexibility of being self-employed. It was nice being able to run a load of laundry while I wrote copy, or eat lunch while catching up on DVR’ed episodes of 30 Rock. And I was always there when the UPS man delivered packages.
But the years went by, and I got a little lonely. WAHMs don’t have coworkers (unless you count the dog) and therefore no one to shoot the crap with, bounce ideas off of, or vent to on bad days.
Also, the whole feast-or-famine, waiting for long-overdue checks from clients, and getting by on credit cards thing got old. I missed having a regular paycheck, and I’m not too proud to admit it.
So I finally decided it was time to look for a job. A real one, where I had to wear something other than sweatpants and actually be there 40 hours a week.
Dang if I didn’t luck out, because after just a few networking lunches and phone interviews, I had myself a job offer. A good one. That kind that makes you ask yourself, Is this too good to be true? Do I really deserve this?
Deserve it or not, I accepted a position as senior copywriter at Rockfish, a digital ad agency with a rapidly growing Cincinnati office. I started working last week, officially going back to WOHM-hood.
Did I make the right choice? Well, I’m certainly enjoying the antics and perspectives of my colleagues (many of whom I’ve worked with at previous gigs — awesome). I laugh a lot more, and feel like I’m plugging back into the digital marketing world after being kind of on the outskirts in my home-based business.
Oh, and I got paid today! The joy of a nice juicy paycheck again. I forgot just how lovely it is.
So here I am, a WOHM once again — and it feels good.