I Quit My Job

So as of now I am a full-time stay at home mama and blogger. What up! I am still wrapping up one last project into October, but otherwise I am done with my part-time position at Gull Lake Ministries. I have been at my current position, as an Executive Assistant for 2 1/2 years and clearing out my cubicle was a little bittersweet. I’ve been blessed with an amazing boss, great coworkers, and some incredible friends– thanks to my position, plus I got to do meaningful work at a Christian camp alongside my husband.

vintage glm
First GLM Staff Christmas party

But now it is time to move on. I felt these stirrings for a while and have been easing out of my position for over a year. My heart is with my baby girl and we are lucky to have me home with her full-time. Being a mom is a lot of work, of course, so I won’t be bored and the blog is growing and bringing in a small income (so stellar-thank you!), but it is kind of odd not having a “job” job for the first time in a very long time. It’s kind of weird, but kind of awesome!

little moments with my girl

I have a few “fun” organizing projects around the house that I’ve been putting off that I hope to tackle soon like sorting all of Layla’s baby clothes and gear. It’s in random boxes everywhere. I’ve also bought her clothes ahead in sizes, but I have no idea what in each size I have and what I still need to fill in. So that will be fun and probably involve a spreadsheet cause I’m a nerd like that. Plus my pantry is a true disaster. It is heinous, honestly. There is no rhyme or reason to it and that has got to stop. I may involve a label-maker cause I’m a nerd like that. Otherwise, September is shaping up to be a busy month and I’m looking forward to having less on my plate.

One of the most impactful books I have ever read is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, one of the basic tenets is effective people know their priorities, organize their lives around those priorities, and then execute their lives based on those “burning yes” priorities. For me, quitting my job is a step in organizing my life around my priorities. Work has definitely been good, but I’m letting that go so I can focus on my BEST things.

scott fam

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  1. That’s awesome that you can leave your job and be a stay at home mom. I am no where close to being ready to being a mom but with where I am at currently in my career, I don’t know that even if I had a child, that I would be willing to give that up. Yes, it would be nice to stay at home, but then I feel like I wouldn’t ever have my “own money”. I was raised in a household where my mom was a stay at home mom, but that led to many a fight between my mom and dad because of the fact that my dad didn’t always like what my mom would spend money on, or my dad’s words when fighting “his hard earned money”. Are you concerned that you might have those disputes with your husband as you are going to depend on him fully now to provide financially for the family?

    1. Unfortunately that seems to be a common trend. Katie and I have always tried hard to be extremely open, supportive, and together on how we spend our money. Budgeting, clear communication, and a “common mission” make it easier (though not always easy) to be in the same page about money. Ultimately, money is a tool, and tools should ruin lives. 🙂

    2. Thanks Lindsay! Staying at home is definitely a personal choice and not right for every person or couple. Nate and I are both excited to have me home full-time (I really was only working 10ish hours a week for the last year) so the change has been gradual. And as Nate said, being on the same page with money is huge and is a priority for us so I don’t see any major disputes arising from me being at home. 🙂

  2. As I said on Facebook, yay! I’m so excited for you, Kate! I’m feeling the same way with this transition to staying home. Yes, like you, I’m still supplementing our income from home…but to not “officially” work outside the home is just that – different. It’s a blessing, and I thank God for supportive husbands who help make this work!

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