I never thought I would be a home school mom... If I'm being completely honest quite the opposite actually. If you listen to the podcast you already know. I had planned to take a year off and stay home, as I moved across the country for my son's dad to be closer. This planned year turned into more like two, but I loved it. However, I have always been a worker bee. Even then during those baby years I wrote three books, started a profitable blog, and began putting together the Mommy Wines Podcast. Though, I cherished those years at home together, bonding, learning how to parent solo, finding myself and learning who I am as a new mother, and watching my son grow, when the time came I went back to work, just like planned. Until the Covid-19 pandemic came in March of 2020 and I was completely thrown off course. I had plans of leaving my job and taking my consulting business Edj Consulting Group full time and remote, focusing more on growing the podcast, and traveling more.... but this was a 2-3 year plan. Not a right now plan.
You know that saying " Make Plans and God Laughs..." Well here we are. My 2-3 year plan became an over night need for action and with schools, daycares, and businesses closing their doors for an unforeseen amount of time. I was left to figure it out on my own with a toddler. That's exactly what we did. We figured it out. We packed up all of our things and left the city of Salt Lake Utah and moved back to Nevada where the cost of living is more affordable and land for building our eco friendly home is not as expensive. I figured if I can't currently make more money at least I can spend less. Must be the over 10 years of financial industry experience in me. Nevada also doesn't have a state income tax so that also factored into my decision as a self employed "mompreneur".
Over the past almost year of being at home with Milo every day (it's currently the 18th of February 2021 as I'm writing this) I realized I don't want to go back to normal. I don't want to go back to corporate life or work in an office, I don't want to go back to the city, I don't want to only see my son for 2-3 hours a day and fight with him every morning to get dressed and rush out the door, I don't want to be apart of the rat race.
I enjoy working for myself, with my team, and the clients I choose and Milo enjoys us learning together. Homeschooling gives us the freedom to learn at a pace that's right for the both of us. Around a schedule that's more aligned with our lifestyle. We have the ability to learn from anywhere, anytime, about any topic we so choose, and the same goes for my work.
While schools in Utah are opting out of Black History Month we are learning about activists and leaders, music, food, cultures, politics, rights and history. While other kids are reading about plants, the earth, weather, global warming and how humans can make a small difference. We are able to grow our own food, watch flowers bloom, live first hand a sustainable lifestyle, experience weather as it's happening in that very moment, and explore the wilderness right outside of our door.
I asked myself a question, What if I didn't have to work as much and was able to spend more time with Milo, living our lives together? What would that look like, how could I make that happen, is it even a possibility?
As the pandemic is slowing down, and we are all seeing light at the end of this dark tunnel I began thinking of what I wanted in life, what would make Milo the most happy and our lives together the most fulfilled. I never thought I could be a stay at home, work from home, single, solo, homeschooling parent. It's a big title and a lot to take on. I thought because it is just the two of us I had to work out of the home, I didn't have the patience, that Milo had to be in daycare and school, but my eyes opened this year. The pandemic pushed me beyond my boundaries of comfort and made not only myself but the entire world see that we are so incredibly capable of change. We are more adaptable than ever before and the ability my home booking practice gives me to live the life we choose is absolutely priceless. As long as we stay centered, focused, open and free...
We Can Do This.
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