I am heading to work next week! After 10 years, lots of volunteering, lot of blogging, lots of cooking meals, lots of cleaning house, lots of dog walking, lots of babysitting, lots of talking about going back to lunch I am finally heading out the door, dropping my kids at before school care and getting on the freeway and walking into an office somewhere to do work which I will be paid for. I am so excited.
First of all, I'm excited to have a job. It sounds like something that is well suited to me and something that I know a lot about and something I will get to use my language skills at and that makes me happy. This will only be the second thing in 10 years that I'm doing that is just mine and not my husband's or my kid's. It is just mine.
Secondly, I have had a chance to invest in some new work clothes. About 5 years ago, I finally threw away the last suit jacket that I'd hung on to thinking at some point I would go back to work. But when I tried it on I realized that it was so out of style that I would never be wearing it again. So buying slacks, trousers, dress shirts and even a pair of heels or two has been so enjoyable. And trying them on and modeling them for the girls has been super fun, "Oh Mommy, you are so fancy!" is my favorite comment so far." I have promised several times to save the new shoes for the kids to wear someday.
Lastly, I am going to get a paycheck. I have done tons of volunteer work in the last 10 years but none of it has come with a paycheck. The thought that I will be contributing to my family financially makes me want to jump for joy!
Of course there are things that make me a little nervous. For example my children will be going to not only before school care on the days I work, they will also be going to after school care. And regardless as to what other people think about daycare or babysitters or nanny's, I was not able to put either of my children in any of them, I had to care for them myself. I also am going to have quite a lengthy commute having tested the drive twice to see how long it will take and how to avoid traffic jams and accidents and gauge the flow of traffic in the morning rush hour traffic, but nonetheless there will be a long haul in the car.
But weighing all the good stuff and all the bad stuff, I am joyfully going to be headed out the door to work on Monday and cannot wait! Stay tuned for updates!