Update: New Doors Opening

A few weeks back I wrote a post titled Mom Resume. I expressed the fears of applying for a job after being home with children. That feeling of being vulnerable and trying to express to potential employers that you possess the skills set needed to be a vital asset to their team even though you have been out of the work force for an amount of time is a challenge. What to include in a resume is intimidating.

Check out Mom Resume for more details and to see what I did end up including on my resume!

It was just a small very, part time job blogging for a company that promotes our city. This position was much different than anything I’d ever done before. As a teacher, you often feel that your career path is chosen and set in stone. Unlike a degree in marketing or public relations or something more broad, as a teacher your options seem much more limited. Mix that together with being home with kids for a few years and I wasn’t even sure where to begin.

I’ve always had a passion for writing and words though and loved that it was something that I could do for as a hobby more for me. And so I didn’t let those limitations or fear stop me. I put myself out there. I was vulnerable, a word that seems to make its presence often in the blog and on Instagram.

“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.” –Brené Brown

Sometimes when you “dare greatly” it pays off!

I can now officially say that I am employed through a local company called Visit Eau Claire in which I blog about different events, local restaurants, and things that our unique to our city. This is my second month now writing for them. I’ve had the opportunity to get my writing out to the local community. Check out my latest post about Chalkfest, an extraordinary event where local artist come together to create large pieces of artwork on the sidewalks of our college campus. Trust me you will be amazed!

More than a job:

Not only do I get to share my writing in a different avenue, but I also get to do this with another Mom friend! She actually shared the job posting with me and together we decided we both needed to apply. It has given us a chance to get out once a month together outside of the typical play-date venues! Together we have pushed each other to try new things (such as zip lining together) and helped us create something that is for us. Often as a mom, we get lost in the day to day and doing things for our family. Your identity gets lost in your children and family and you no longer take the time to do things you enjoy. This has been an outlet for us to help regain some of who we are.

 

In conclusion, I’ve learned a few things from this adventure:

  • You must make time for you and cultivate things that make you happy.
  • Spending time with mom friends outside of the park in an adult setting, strengthens your bond and friendship and fosters a life-long friendship.
  • I have the abilities and the skill-sets to do things I never thought possible.
  • You need to be vulnerable. You are only limiting yourself if you don’t allow yourself to have the chance to fail.
  • The sky’s the limit…
Our view as our cable went up to the top of the zip-line!

If you are a teacher or a former teacher and feel like that is all you are qualified to do, I urge you to check out this great post from My Mommy Blogs.

Mom Resume: SAHM Re-Entering the Workforce

If you are anything like me the thought of going back into the work force is petrifying! Change can be so challenging sometimes and there are so may “what ifs” that can plague you. But before you can even go back you have to apply. Where do you even begin? What do you put on your resume?

I’ve only been out of the workforce for two years, technically less, since I took a “leave of absence” for some time. Check out the post Finding Me for more about my journey from the classroom to SAHM. Yet, even in that time I feel like many employers would disregard me considering I have no “Job” during this time.

I was recently notified of a local company looking for a very part time gig blogging. Immediately my ears perked up but my fear of rejection and change kicked in just as fast. The job description was very vague and so I wasn’t quite sure the type of person they were looking for. Being vague was actually probably pretty smart on their part in order to get a wide variety of applicants. However, my inner voice was saying “I’m sure you aren’t what they are looking for”. Then I stopped myself. I’ve been reading the book “Rising Strong” by Brené Brown in which it talks about “showing up and daring greatly”. She is both a researcher and story teller on the topic of vulnerability. She defines vulnerability as “the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome”. So I decided I must throw myself out there and see what happens.

Building the Resume:

I was easily able to complete a letter of interest stating why the job would be a good fit for me but the resume still plagued me. I think my husband could just sense my reservations and knew that I felt my resume was a daunting task. At one point I even told him “I have nothing.” Being a guy he wanted a solution, a fix to how I was feeling so that night he sat down with my old resume and chopped it up and helped me put it back together as whole new document.

And you must be asking yourself, “What did she put on as her current occupation?” We hemmed and hawed over if I should put “homemaker” or “stay at home mom” or what title would fit. Finally we decided on “In-home Early Child Educator” and I think that suites me well. Although in the teaching world I’m officially licensed as a 1-8 Educator, I am still an educator and currently my “students” range from 10 months to 4 years old.

Of course you need some descriptors regarding what skills you have gained from that job. We mentioned manages all scheduling, finances, and logistics of a family of five. We also included implement educational activities as important descriptors of my “job”.  All of which are valuable skills sets for both my household and for many occupations. It was decided. My current job was on the resume with a title that fit me just fine.

The Wait and a Lesson Learned:

So we shall see what comes of it. Most importantly, I’ve learned that what I do still matters and is important enough to fit in my resume. And my job is multifaceted and surely valued. I want to work for a company who can see the value in this time that I have dedicated to raising our children.

And I’m beyond thankful for a man who sees me and all that I do as a huge contributor to our family and helps push me to be vulnerable.

My current view as I type this blog…#momblogger

For the inside scoop on what happened, click here!

If you are a teacher or a former teacher and feel like that is all you are qualified to do, I urge you to check out this great post from My Mommy Blogs.

 

Women Don’t Work

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. A day for honoring all the strong, independent, hard working women of the world. I, being a mother of all girls, love the quote, “Here is to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”

It was also the day my oldest told me, “Women don’t work.” With which my deer in the headlights look prompted her to elaborate more and she simply stated, “You don’t work Mommy.” And just like that a ton of bricks hit me hard. Heck, we even did a whole pinterest worthy preschool unit on careers which included both women and men! But somewhere between all the cute crafts and millions of books I’d missed something fundamental. I missed showing her that women have a huge part in our working world and although I do not go to “work”, I work in a different way.

How can I explain my work to my four year old when there are days it is something I struggle with myself? I get lost in knowing the “work” I put in school and getting the career I wanted and get caught up instead in the fact that I now clean more bodily fluids then I ever thought humanly possible. (Side note: Potty training is hard work. Someone needs to start a potty trainer service.) How do you explain the concept that you had a career, one you loved dearly, and you found more value in staying home to be with them instead? Yes, being a SAHM is work and it’s undeniably hard, with long hours and a paycheck full of kisses and sticky fingers. But in the eyes of a child I can see where this is a tricky concept for them to understand.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to do a better job of pointing out all the career women in the world to my girls. I need my girl’s to see all the possibilities that they as women have! Using terms like “mailperson” just isn’t enough. I need to be conscious of their perception and use it as a teaching tool. I need them to know that they can “work” in many different capacities as a women. No matter the “work” they choose I want them to know that I know their value and will support them fully! Go shatter that glass ceiling baby!

I’ve also learned that I need to build up my own confidence in my “work” and realize that it is okay to just be a mom. It does not make me any less of a person or any less educated because I do not go somewhere to “work”. I need to embrace the positive side to my profession like the fact that there are days I live in leggings and baggy sweatshirts! Or the fact that these moments with them are fleeting. They are growing too fast and before I know it all I will have are the pictures and memories we have built. But I guess that is a whole other post and my middle child is doing the potty dance.

 

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