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Back to Full-Time Blogging – Why I’ve Hung up my Scissors, Again.

Back to Full-Time Blogging – Why I’ve Hung up my Scissors, Again.

Over the past three years I’ve been a complete yo-yo where work is concerned. I wanted to be there for my children, so I said goodbye to hairdressing. Then, after the littlest was born, I thought it might be nice to get out the house again for a few hours. So I went back to the old routine for one day a week, but guess what? It turns out that wasn’t for me either.

Sometimes I think I know what I want, others I’m completely lost and struggle to know if I’m making the right decisions. The fact is though, that I make a good wage from blogging and freelance writing. Don’t get me wrong, I put the hours in. Too many sometimes, if you ask my husband. I love blogging and I just can’t see the point in pouring my energies into a second job that I’m just not so taken with. So I quit.

 

Working around family –

Another reason that me working became an issue, is because of my husband’s hectic work schedule. He’s works so hard in a career that he loves and is constantly progressing. It’s been difficult fitting his shifts around my weekly work day, he managed it for me, but it was a real pain. The thing is I’m a drifter and I’ll pick up different lines of work whenever the mood takes. For him, it’s who he is and frankly that’s more important to me than one day a week to myself.

One of the main reasons I chose to give up my hairdressing role, is that blogging allows me the freedom to work around all members of the family. This is so important right now as the biggest is due to start nursery very soon. I want to be the one that drops her off. I want to be the one that picks her up. I don’t want to miss anything, especially when I’m lucky enough to have choices. The fact is that I don’t have to work and it’s about time I started appreciating the freedom that my situation gives me.

 

Money doesn’t make you happy –

As I touched on earlier, I work hard at home building up my blogging and freelance writing business. I make a wage and I’m proud of that. I’m always looking for more income streams too, which is why I took the hairdressing job in the first place. The money called to me and for that reason, I really don’t believe I thought things through properly. Until a few months later when I felt as though I was chasing my tail. I had even less hours during the week to get all of my work done and I was getting even less sleep than before. Not to mention being a full time mum to two under 3.

The truth is that money doesn’t make you happy. Family makes you happy, hobbies make you happy and working a job you love can make you happy. Grabbing at every penny available does not.

 

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30 Replies to “Back to Full-Time Blogging – Why I’ve Hung up my Scissors, Again.”

  1. Sometimes, when we’ve gotten into a good rhythm, we think we can take on more. But one more thing can break everything. Its great that you recognized it before you got too overwhelmed!

  2. I think it’s great that you gave it a go, and equally great you had the courage to quit. Life is all about juggling. My husbands job takes up 95% of him – so when he is home and present I need to be there to grab those moments. So blogging works for us too xx

  3. It’s great that you have such a supportive husband and are so supportive towards his career too. Being able to work as a team is so important. I’d love to go full time as a blogger but the uncertainty of income isn’t something I feel I can have at the moment. I’m happy with my balance for now though and glad you’ve found yours too.
    #blogstravaganza

  4. Love this! Congratulations on hanging up the scissors and diving back into blogging and freelancing! Can’t wait to see what you produce!
    Thanks for sharing the inspiration!
    #Blogstravaganza

  5. I can’t wait for the day I can hang up my scissors too. LOL, I’d much rather stay home with my girls and homeschool and blog full time. #Blogstravaganza

  6. It’s so hard isn’t it? I go from wanting to work full time, to wanting to work part time, wanting to work from home to not wanting to work at all. I feel it’s really hard to get a nice balance between working and parenting. I’d love to be able to earn enough money from blogging and freelancing, but I really struggle with getting it to that point as I don’t really have the time without any solid childcare. You do whatever is best for you and your family! #blogstravaganza

  7. No point in doing something that ultimately causes more issues than the few extra quid solves. Life is a balancing act and you sound like your happily balanced without the scissors right now. Though if I lived closer I’d be popping I and forcing you to deal with my mane it’s got out of hand! #blogstravaganza

  8. I completely agree with you. I was earning a decent salary in my old role and I loved my job, but worked long hours. Due to the sudden loss of my husband I realised that climbing the Corporate ladder was no longer a priority. It came at the expense of time with my family and time was now very precious. If you’ve found something you enjoy, that gives you an income that you can manage on and allows you to spend time with your family, go for it! #Blogstravaganza

  9. Good for you lovely. Your blog is great, I love reading it. The energy and enthusiasm that you pour into it really shows! Thank you for being a wonderful #Blogstravaganza host too 🙂 xx

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