In 2015, I quit my job as a TV news producer and decided to open my own business. I won’t bore you with the details, but after a few years of working 60-80 hour weeks to try and make sure the business survived, all the while trying to keep my marriage intact, raise a young boy and have another baby, I finally had to concede that the business had failed.
Two months ago, I closed up shop and called it quits. While the work isn’t really done — there are still bills to be paid and inventory to try and sell off — for all intents and purposes, I am now a full-time stay-at-home mom.
While the work with the small business was long and hard, there was one benefit that it afforded me, time with my kids. While I didn’t take maternity leave after having my second child in March, I did get the chance to spend every day with her at “the office” while I worked on my dying business. For the most part, I was able to stop work to care for her, cuddle her and feed her. I appreciate that time to no end. The job also afforded me the freedom to take my son (Triple T) to soccer practice and be there for his gymnastics classes, something I would have struggled to do when I worked in television.