Monday, December 27, 2010

Why I would give *anything* to work from home...

Today was not extravagant. I didn't even shower. I gave our house a deep cleaning. Something that I have not been able to do since July {insert shame} when I started my new job. But it was a wonderful day, very much like the day that I had not too long ago when I stayed home from work and took care of household things and hung out with Polo all day long.

Having time off has been outstanding. It makes me yearn to work from home. I would give anything...well almost.

I started off my day by making breakfast and having coffee with D. Then I walked Polo in the snow and cleaned the bathrooms, kitchen floor, dusted, vacuumed, and did laundry. I scrubbed the showers and bathtubs until my back hurt and D had to help me up.

At 4pm I tuned in for a tweet chat with other lovely ladies at Crafterminds. We exchanged great ideas about crafts and blogging. Then I made dinner and chocolate chip cookies, watched a movie, and snuggled with Polo.

What I have cherished so much over this winter break is TIME. I realize that I have so little of it while I am working. My mind is clear and I feel so refreshed and at peace right now. It feels so good.

How am I ever going to go back to work? Do you stay at home and work? Is the grass really that green?

12 thoughts:

Kara said...

Oh how I can relate!! I would give anything to be a SAHM, teach preschool to Luci, and run the blog/etsy shop. TIME with family. TIME watching all of the things that you usually miss while at work. I'm at work 9 hours a day, 5 days a week adding a commute of 90 min round trip. That's a lot of TIME missed with my little girl. Makes me feel guilty. Guiltier because there are many things I LOVE about my job.

I feel ya friend :) Maybe. Someday.

Amanda said...

Gina, I can promise you this... the grass most definitely is not that much greener. I won't lie... it is REALLY nice to work from home. Trust me, I do love it. But it's also not all glamorous... I do miss the socialization aspect of working in an office. I also get forgotten A LOT by my co-workers... I know it sounds petty and stupid, but I never get a birthday email, or holiday card, etc... I miss all the office parties... I'm not really part of a "team"- and I miss that! I also get annoyed when Damien EXPECTS that I get stuff done because I work from home... as if by working at home I have nothing else to do but housework ;-)
But let's be real here... I love working from home. It allows me SO much more flexibility and time with my family. I rarely feel rushed and I very much work on my own time. I would not trade this job for the world quite honestly... but it's not perfection.

LOVE YOU

Sarah B. said...

It's so lovely to have TIME! I fantasize about working from home too -- and I have it easy as a teacher! It's always heartbreaking to go back to school after Christmas and summer break. I love my job but I love staying home and playing around too :)

Annie said...

There are definitely pros and cons to both, but I LOVE working from home. You have to be really good at managing time or else you won't get anything done. So I have to-do lists upon to-do lists upon to-do lists. You also miss things like socialization, but the freedom to plan your own day is just awesome.

Allison said...

I work from home and I still dread Mondays! haha It is nice to be able to take a small break to throw in another load of laundry and wake up and not have to worry about being late so I just get started in my PJs but I do sometimes wish I worked out of the house.

But don't get me wrong either... I do enjoy it. :)

Jacobs Family said...

I'm a stay-at-home mom with an Etsy shop. I LOVE IT! I wouldn't have it any other way. At least for me, the grass couldn't be greener on this side!!

Lulu said...

I'm a SAHM and I love being home everyday. There are many days that nothing gets done except dinner on the table, and I hadn't even showered (yesterday); but being home is wonderful. I make a list every morning of what I want to accomplish, I have yet to get the entire list crossed off ... that only happens when my hubs is home on vacation. But, I wouldn't change anything, I never want to go back to work in an office again.

Date Girl said...

Is the grass that green? Yes and no. I work from home 3 days a week, but I'm doing a job I hate. I have to be near or in front of the computer for the full 8 hours, which can get really tedious. So yes I am home, but no I can't do a lot of deep cleaning or other things I'd like to do. The good news is the minute I'm off work I'm at home. Now if I could write for a living, or be a full time blogger, I think that would be amazing. Still, being able to work from home a few days a week is pretty cool.

Watkins35 said...

oh gina - I'm so with you! I've been lucky enough years ago to work from home for my mum. In my current job I get to wfh occasionally (when I've got so much to do it can't get done in the office!). But I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to wfh every day - I thrive on it (thankfully I have a strong work ethic so don't get distracted).

I've never been one who enjoyed going to school & it's the same with going to work - can soooo live without it & happily wfh forever - if I could only figure out how! xx

leyla said...

It's pretty green, but it's also hard to stay motivated to actually WORK all day long. It's so easy to get distracted...getting up to get coffee leads to putting a load of laundry in, which leads to taking laundry out of the dryer, which leads to folding clothes, which leads to...you get the picture.

I'm transitioning to a job where I'll have to be at the office every day and I will definitely miss the flexibility of being able to be home every once in a while.

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