August 19th, 2017, the day I secured the website Butterflies & MudPies. I had a vision and many goals but I needed the last 365 days to finally get to today, today is finally the right time. The time I introduce this little project of mine to all of you.
August 19th, 2017, a Saturday, I thought was the right time to start this.
At that time my littles were in daycare full time, my husband working full time and about to enter into his busy season, (those in accounting will understand) which also brings a lot of work travel into his already jam-packed schedule. These are the days I consider myself a solo parent, I have and never will consider myself a single parent during this time. I have the support: financial, emotional, bedtime help. But, late nights, long work trips and Saturday’s in the office mean I do parent a lot on my own during this time.
I was also at this time working full-time in a healthcare leadership position. A career that I built over 10 years; I climbed the ladder, pushed myself and gave everything I had, at times that meant neglecting my family to do so. I loved my job, the mission, the people, the pride it gave me. To be able to say I was a small part in saving lives, almost daily..it’s such an amazing feeling. I was, still am, type A and like to take control. In hindsight 365 days ago I was not in control of anything..but I sure was trying. I was burning the candle at both ends and I was becoming a person I really didn’t like. So, let’s add a blog to that madness…I was crazy! 365 days ago, this blog, this would have failed miserably.
Thankfully, I made the realization I couldn’t manage it all and this went on the back burner. I never stopped thinking about it and I knew this was always what I wanted to do. I wanted to be present for my kids, like really there- not distracted on the phone or stressed with a work issue. I never in a million years thought I would actually take the leap, to leave my 9-5 well, let’s be honest it was more like 6-6 but I did.
135 days ago my life changed drastically.
I left my 9-5, after 10 years and a lot of personal and professional growth and I decided to move on. I was so scared. I wasn’t sure I was making the best decision but I knew staying wasn’t in the cards for me. 135 days ago I walked out crying. Afraid I was going to regret it, afraid I was going to be the worst SAHM on the planet, afraid I was going to be searching the job listings within a week. I was so so scared.
135 days ago, April 6th, was the best day of my life. I walked out that day and I have never looked back! I have had so many opportunities in the last 135 days, the biggest is getting to know who my kids are. We have had such a blast this summer and have had experiences we would have never been able to have had I still been working. I have seen my littles get closer, my son watching out for his little sister, singing to her when she’s upset and helping me problem solve her needs. Don’t get me wrong, there have been days they fight constantly, drive me to the point of tears, days that are just plain hard. But, my hardest day at home doesn’t come close to my hardest day at my 9-5 and now there’s always love and giggles sprinkled in. I am so fortunate to have the support of my husband to have allowed me to make this change, and the encouragement to start this new adventure!
Working parents/stay at home parents…I can now very much relate to both groups and I can say without question both are hard working, stressed, busy and sometimes just trying to keep your head above water. My hope is that with this space and my love of shopping, I can bring some ease to your life. Clothing and accessory deals, steals and just plain cuteness right to you.
So, Welcome to Butterflies & MudPies- get comfy and stay awhile!