WHY I WORK FROM HOME

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Did you know that approx 70% of people quit their job as a result of their boss?  Now that is not entirely what happened to me, but I wanted to take a moment to share with you a little about my story and how I ended up on the path of working from home.

So my journey actually began just over 2 years ago, I had just returned to work after having my daughter.  She went to childcare 3 days a week, while I worked my job.  It all seemed good in theory, but theories are just that and not always what happens in real life.  My daughter got sick all the time and for the first 7 months I was having every second week off work.  I felt like I was stuck between a rock and a hard place.  My daughter was always going to be top of my priority list, but I had a job that had sales targets and expectations that I was expected to achieve whether I was there or not.  I starting thinking to myself “there had to be more to life, there had to be a better way”.  This sent me searching on what I had thought would be another job, as I had 0 ambition to have my own business as I bought into everything people had told me about business, well traditional business.

While searching for another job, the universe had other ideas and led me to a webpage offering a business opportunity.  I was extremely reluctant to say the least, but thought I would just find out.  I received a phone call, listened to what the person had to say on the phone and was sent through some more information.  As soon as I got off the phone I instantly searched the internet to see if it was a scam.  I went through the information and there was just something about it that was pulling me in, I was looking for more in my life and this is what it was offering.  During this process the saying, “the definition of insanity-doing the same thing and expecting a different result” kept popping up.  I knew if I wanted different results I had to make different decisions, so I got started.

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Has it been easy? No, but nothing that is easy is every rewarding in life.  Although working from home can have it’s own set of challenges, it is certainly a whole lot less than my job did.  Now I get to have the flexibility I want, I get to take my daughter to dance lessons and both kids do swimming lessons and if one of the kids is sick I don’t have to explain myself to anyone.  I really do love working from home and I have gone from being an unhappy stressed out Mum to being happy and setting an example for my kids I can be proud of.


If you or someone you know has been considering working from home I would love to be able to help.  Go to www.liveanddreamtoday.com for more information

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WHO MAKES YOUR DECISIONS

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Do you allow what society believes is right to dictate how you make your choices in life.  It is a constant battle and you have to be always working on yourself to ensure that this does not occur.  I know for myself I spent so much time making choices on what others thought was right rather than doing what was right for me.  Every now and then I still catch myself allowing other people’s opinions to affect my choices.  This happened recently and would like to share with you.

As a family we have recently had a few challenges that temporarily sent our household into a bit of chaos.  Our daughter recently got her tonsils out and had to stay overnight in hospital, which until we were there I was unaware of.  This put a rather large spanner in the works as I am still breastfeeding my son and he was at home with my parents.  We don’t live just around the corner from the hospital and so consequently went about 36 hours without breastfeeding and I am sure that any breastfeeding Mum knows how painful that can actually become.IMG_4135

Due to a number of circumstances, breastfeeding in the last week has been quite a lot more challenging and was finding myself having to feed usually every 2 hours which is a lot and quite exhausting.  I never had these kinds of challenges with my first and was able to breastfeed until she was 7 months old without any issues.  This has led me tossing up as to whether to persist or to transfer my son onto formula.

This is where my dilemma comes in.  I only realised yesterday that I was looking at the wrong things when trying to make my choice.  I was basing my current experience on my past experience with my daughter which doesn’t really work as both my children are completely different with different personalities, needs and wants.  I was also taking into account what society believes is the right thing to do instead of worrying about what is right for me and my family.  Once I realised this it made my decision so much easier.  So when you are making choices in your life, ask yourself, what are you basing your choices on; what society believes is right or what is right for YOU.

WORK VS LOVE

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A new survey has come out from Asteron with what I think are some sad statistics.  It is the debate of Work vs Love and what is more important to us.  As far as receiving a confidence booster 34% agreed that a job was important while only 18% said love.  As times are changing do we have our values around the wrong way?  Could these statistics be part of the reason as to why our divorce rates are so high? In 2010 41.9% of marriages in Australia lasted less than 10 years.

I understand that paying the bills and keeping a roof over our heads is important.  I also understand the pressures that come with today’s economic situation, but are we simply just accepting what is instead of challenging it.  When I returned to work after my first daughter I really struggled establishing a work/life balance and continuously felt the constant pressure from my job.  This made for stressful times at home, both as a parent and wife.  After a period of putting up with this situation I decided something needed to change and the only one who could do something about it was me.  Jobs come and go and by time you get to retirement age what are you going to have left?  The answer is Families and Loved ones, so shouldn’t they be rewarded for their loyalty rather than being placed on hold.

What did I do?

Well I found a work from home business opportunity.  I put myself in a position where I could work my business around my family rather than work my family around my job.  I made the choice to change my values and have never been happier.  Not every solution is going to suit everyone, but don’t you owe it to yourself to at least look for a solution that is going to suit you and your family.  We can complain and blame others for our lack of work/life balance, but at the end of the day it is up to the individual to take responsibility and make the changes that they want in their life.

On average how many hours do you spend at your job?