Finding out you’re about to be a parent can scary, more so when it wasn’t expected. You can read more about my journey into motherhood on my About page and in this post.
It wasn’t until my husband and I decided it would be best to move to South Florida and raise our family in the Sunshine State that it really hit me. I was going to leave behind everything I knew since birth. Family, friends, and the start of my career as an editor and marketer.
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I had been working for a digital B2B publishing company for almost three years before heading down to Florida. It was a great place to grow and learn from those before me.
Transitioning To A SAHM
Although the move left me unemployed, I was determined to make something out of this new life. With the title of a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) framed across my forehead, I wanted more. In fact, I needed more.
My husband continued his career in finance and has been able to strive in South Florida. Great, right? He has always been a supportive husband with all my decisions, but I couldn’t say the same about myself.
During the first six months after our move, we bumped heads a lot. I cried often and didn’t like my new role. I felt stuck.
After working for years and being independent, I was now a SAHM. I felt like I was dumped into another part of the world and forced to figure things out. The truth is, that’s how it feels like when you’re a first-time parent. You’re given a new role and you feel the need to excel in it.
Much of my frustrations came from not knowing what to do with a six-month-old in a new place. I joined a lot of local mom groups and went to events to socialize our firstborn — and myself.
I had started Motherhood Through My Eyes before moving to South Florida and had a good following — mainly family and long-time friends — but it wasn’t until we made the move that I began to heavily focus on turning it into a hobby that would pay off (literally).
Making A Career Out Of Motherhood
Becoming a SAHM was a blessing in disguise. I just didn’t see it at first, but that feeling of being stuck was mental. I had a new place to explore and a little one who was learning about the world. I challenged my emotions by transitioning them into the feeling of curiosity. We could take on the world together, and that’s what we did. We took on the blogosphere. I researched ideas whenever our little guy was busy napping, coloring, or playing with his toys.
At first, we received a lot of hosted opportunities — non-paid opportunities for our family to enjoy free of charge. We attended local events and visited museums.
The funny thing about being a SAHM is that you never really stay home. You’re always out and about doing something.
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The more I asked questions, the more I learned. I combed through blog posts on ways to generate an income as a blogger. After months of research and two years of trial and error, I began freelancing for other bloggers, helping them with their campaigns as well as my own. I didn’t get as many campaigns at first, so it was nice to make extra income from helping others achieve their goals.
Today, I continue to use my blog as a business and have expanded helping businesses, as well as local bloggers, reach their target audience. Although I have a tough time considering what I do as “work”, most people would consider me a work-at-home mom (WAHM). It’s exciting to know that I can do what I’ve always loved — writing and developing marketing strategies — while hanging with my family.
43 responses to “How I Went From SAHM To WAHM”
Awesome post! I have always wanted to work from home, but it just isn’t an option for me right now! Maybe one day.
I can totally relate to this post. I had a career in healthcare before we relocated to Florida 5 years ago and I decided to give homeschooling a try and stay home with my kids. The adjustment has had it’s challenges but it has been a real blessing too.
It’s been such a ride! Congrats on your success.
This is fantastic advice for anyone that wants to work from home. It can be a difficult transition, but at the end of the day, it’s totally worth it.
Wow what amazing advice I think moms and non moms can appreciate. It really goes to show there are endless possibilities to accomplish whatever dreams we want.
I couldn’t agree with you more when you say that SAHM doesn’t mean that we are at home all the time. It’s literally juggling from one thing to another.
March 27, 2018 at 10:36 PM
I agree with you and I also think that this is great advice for any mother or anyone who wants to learn how to work from home.You have planted the seed and in time you will see more success.
I was a SAHM for 20 years and then I started a blog. I love working from home.
Being a WHAM is really the only way to go about life anymore. I love it and will never go back.
I love this so much! I have learned throughout my years and I love what I do!