Breaking all Barriers to Become a WAHM

“With my youngest at 14, I now have plenty of time to make use of. What a perfect chance to prepare myself to jumpstart my career and re-join the workforce – the virtual way..”

It has been almost 6 crazy busy awesome stay-at-home-mom years watching my kids grow.  Now that my youngest spends most of her time in school, I wish to take advantage of the free hours I have. It’s a great opportunity to work again to help augment our family’s income.  I feel excited thinking about work and a bit apprehensive at the same time because of the long gap in my career.  Just thinking about the transition from being a stay-at-home-mom to a work-at-home-mom makes me really nervous. 

It’s definitely going to be a challenge to get back into the workforce, being out of the ballgame for quite some time.  So much has changed since I left my job.  Careers have slightly evolved, thanks to advances in technology.  New jobs are now in-demand, such as app developers, social media experts, data warehouse architects and more new jobs will be created by the latest technology trends.

To successfully re-enter the ever-changing job market, I need to be “tech savvy” to make myself more competitive.  I should not only brush up on my skills but to stay current with technology trends and learn new tools and techniques related to my field.  Through Filipina Homebased Moms (FHMoms) online university’s General Virtual Assistance course, I hope to accomplish all that to stay ahead of the competition.  My goal is to jumpstart my career as a Virtual Assistant after the course.

In preparation of the transition from a stay-at-home-mom to WAHM, I have done some research on how life would be during the process.

I’ve read many interesting articles on the challenges and triumphs of being a SAHM and a WAHM, and how some moms successfully transitioned from being SAHMs to WAHMs. 

One WAHM success story caught my attention as she shares her real-life struggles and effective solutions to motivate others.

Here is an excerpt from her inspiring blog on how she successfully progressed from being a stay-at-home-mom to work-at-home-mom.

Struggles

  1. I’m here but I’m not really here.  It’s like being at home with my family but my mind is too focused on finishing my work that it feels like I’m not really here.  Which I feel is a bit unfair to my kids.
  2. Double and endless things To Do on my list.  To Do list is twice as long prior to WAH as it now has the list of tasks for the family and for work.  Working at home gives me no excuse not to do the chores, like to wash dishes, to cook, to attend kids’ needs, etc.
  3. Out of focus.  Due to struggle #2.  It’s easier to focus when I work away from home.  At home, although work is a priority, the family’s needs are sometimes given more attention first.
  4. Demanding kids.  Children’s needs vs the demands of work.  It’s a struggle to balance the demands of both, though it’s very convenient to give in to your “little bosses” needs.
  5. Who’s this woman?  I now spend less time looking at myself in the mirror to check on how I look. Whenever I look at my old photos back when I used to be a working mom, I sometimes tell myself “Hala, WHO YOU”?

WAHM Solutions:

  1. Time Management.  It’s the key to almost everything.  Aside from the daily home and family duties, it’s important to set time for work and incorporate social media and phone calls during breaks.  Never forget to have a quiet time for prayer. 
  2. Set an Away Day.  Yes, WAHM setup is ideal because we get to be with the kids while being able to put food on the table.  To break from the routine, it’s important that we go to another place with inspiring ambience  to get inspired again.
  3. Defined Work Space.  WAHM needs to set up a home office corner or better yet – a small room, where you’re focused to do nothing else but work.  Having a separate work space makes it easier to complete all the tasks for the day.
  4. Prayer time.  Prayers make us more productive.  A quiet time at the start of the day, as we’re about to start our work or during “me time” breaks or even before our day ends calms us down and keeps us centered. We always pray to give thanks for His gift of skills, talents and wisdom and most especially for blessing us with an opportunity to work at the comfort of our homes. 

When overwhelmed with work, here’s a verse from the bible to lift your spirit up :

Matthew 11:28-29 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Hope this blog gives encouragement to all moms who are wannabe WAHMs like me.  Surely, not all stories are exactly the same.  The journey may feel like a roller coaster ride and it can get bumpy sometimes.  What’s important is to get the entire family involved and ask for help when you need an extra hand.

With your family’s support, you could turn your challenges into victory. 

By : Maria Teresa A. Solis

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