There are times in life where you come to a crossroads and you have to decide which path you’re going to take. A few months ago after the birth of my daughter, I found myself at this point in my life where I had to make a life-altering choice. Do I stay at home with my baby girl or do I continue working? I had wanted to stay at home when I had my other children, but I just couldn’t bring myself to walk away from my job.
While I didn’t always enjoy being a high school teacher it did have its perks. Summers off, paid holidays, a free computer…you get the idea. Granted it wasn’t the teaching part that I didn’t enjoy, but the bureaucracy and paperwork that accompanied it. I had a decent group of students that adored me and they were pretty well-behaved. The pay could have always been better, but it was enough to put our kids in private school and help pay the major bills.
For any woman who has always been financially independent, deciding to walk away from your job can be horrifying. Could I really stay at home all day and take care of the kids? Would I be able to leave the finances in the care of my husband? Could we still manage on one income? I had no desire to be homeless while trying to raise 4 kids.
After much praying and seeking direction from the Lord I decided to take a leap of faith and leave my job. As soon as I turned in my resignation form I felt a sense of relief and peace. I knew I was on the right path. And so the journey begins for my family and I as we try to navigate this new life. Please stay tuned for my next blog post where I’ll discuss a few helpful tips on transitioning to one income.
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