Based on feedback and readership stats, I’m starting this new leader-board section My Old World (working full-time) vs New World (working part-time freelance and being @ home more) Leader-board. It’s my honest insight into when the new life is bliss (e.g.: more time with my daughter) vs when it feels like the pits (e.g.: little money).
And for the newcomers, welcome and thanks for following! This online zone is partly about my new life after giving up my full-time career, partly about my struggle not conceiving a second child and then a little bit about things vaguely related to both. I hope you won’t be bored with entries unrelated to your topic of interest. Let me know if so – I love hearing from you.
The reason? The financial stress of the start of the new term is hanging over me. I’m playing a ridiculous return game with the shoe shops, trying to hide from my daughter my difficulty over buying the shoes she wants. And at the back of my mind is the impending payment for all the clubs and activities. She loves so many things like drama and net-ball – is my choice going to restrict her interests, her development, her fun?
On the other hand, I wouldn’t be holding onto this lifestyle if I didn’t think it was right thing for us. This summer has been amazing, spending every moment with my daughter, apart from a few play-dates, and not paying for one hour of childcare. However (this reminds me of a tennis match), as a self-employed couple we earned no money during our ‘family bliss time’, and now are not feeling enamoured with ‘back to school’ shopping.
So at this very moment, even after a beautiful morning with Bella in our garden, I am questioning my choice and scoring the New World nuls points, the Old World un point. Thank you Tiger Mummy for your comments towards this.