One reason that we can afford for me to stay at home with our kids is because I also work from home. However, my “jobs” are financially unpredictable and 100% dependent upon me busting my behind to earn that money. The more work I do, the more money I earn. The less I do, the less we eat. Kapeesh?
It may sound like I have the best of both worlds: an entrepreneur lifestyle and the ability to raise our children. While both of those statements are true, it doesn’t mean that it’s a piece of cake. I mean, I’m not resting in a hammock on the coast of Florida, sipping fruity cocktails while typing on my laptop. In fact, it’s the opposite– it’s downright hard.
Patience is something that I never knew I had inside myself. It’s one of the hardest things that I have ever had to learn.
I posted this picture on Instagram this morning. As I sat down to edit pictures this morning, I noticed a teeny tiny little baby foot that was perfectly placed so that it was impossible to crop out. It’s adorable, precious, and not for sale. So, I will have to re-photograph that shirt. Story. Of. My. Life.
Everything is rushed. Because if you don’t rush, you’ll end up with lots of pictures like this:
She just turned one, which can only mean one thing: it’s about to get a whole lot harder to manage my time as a parent and as an Ebay seller. However, I know that these days are short-numbered and one day, she’ll grow up and not want to be around me much. She won’t be interested in what I’m doing at all and I’ll be the annoying one, craving the attention and love of my little girl.
It’s not only tough to get the time to take pictures and list items, but it’s also hard to source for new items to sell. I mean, I live 5 minutes from a Goodwill Outlet, which is like, the DREAM location for many resellers. The baby and I go thrifting between 1-3 times per week. She’s good for about an hour and then BOOM: It’s time to go.
Luckily, I do have an energetic mother who is obsessed with her grand babies. She’s always willing to watch her whenever I need her help but I am always cautious of not abusing her goodwill. I don’t want to be one of those parents who over-utilize the help of grandma & grandpa. So many grandparents are doing the jobs of the parents these days and its sad. It’s sad for everyone: the parents, the grandparents, and the kids. Not many people can help it though. Most families need dual incomes and with the cost of daycare, it’s still impossible for many to even get by financially.
Also, I just think it’s essential for kids’ development to get out in the public. Otherwise, they’ll never learn how to act appropriately in a store. So I like bringing her with me and always bring toys/snacks to entertain her. But when she’s had enough, then we’re done.
So, I manage. I’m just thankful to be able to stay at home with our kids and earn money. If I wasn’t able to earn money at home, then I would have had to put them in daycare and work a “traditional” job. No matter what kind of job you do, you’re going to have sacrifices.
I’d gladly take my little “Ebayer helper” over a pestering boss anyday 😉