Going Back to Work After Staying Home

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nowadays, a lot of mothers are choosing to focus more on their family lives by staying home. Becoming a stay at home mother is a growing trend even among the younger generation of mothers. These women often choose to ‘pause’ their thriving career. While some end up finding work from home jobs, there are still a lot of these women who go back to work when their children have reached school age. After years of staying home, going back to work is a huge change and adjustment. Below are some tips to help make this transition easier and seamless for you and the rest of the family.
·         Define your goals. This is the first thing you need to do if you want to go back to work. It will save you a lot of future confusion if you clearly define your goals and reasons for going back to work. There might be a lot of times when you might wonder why you decided to go back to work and being clear about it at the start will make it easier to remind yourself. Also, since you will be technically creating a vacancy at your home, it will be good to define your ‘non-negotiables’. These are things that you will not be willing to compromise even if you go back to work. This way, you can also discuss such things with your future boss in an interview. Defining your goals also involves determining the work conditions you want, whether you want a part-time or a full-time position, and the salary range you are willing to accept.
·         Talk to your kids. Aside from you, your kids will be the ones undergoing a lot of adjustments and changes so it is good to talk to them before putting any of your plans into action. Explain to them clearly why you are going back to work. Find out their concerns and discuss them.
·         Fill in the gaps with skills you have acquired. Most of the time, both you and the interviewer will be wondering how to fill up the blank years in your resume – the years when you stayed home. Your future employer will be concerned whether you still have the skills that your resume reflects. Instead of focusing on the tasks that you had as a stay at home mother, focus on the skills that you have acquired that will benefit the position you are applying for.
·         Get some new skills or qualifications. It will not hurt to get some new skills or qualifications or you may choose to take some refresher courses. This will help you become more confident about what you can offer your future employer. It will also show your future employer that you are willing to learn and re-learn.
·         Do not expect things to be the same at home. Accept that things will not be the same at home. You are not a supermom and going back to work means you will not be able to do everything that you used to do at home. Avoid the frustrations later on by talking to your family about dividing the housework or maybe getting someone to come in several times a week to do it.
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Midnight Snacks

Saturday, March 26, 2011

For several nights now, I have been snacking on these:

I find it ironic because last night, I was reading a review about oxyelite pro which claims to be the ultimate diet pill. However, there are oxyelite pro side effects and the review that I read says that this product is far from being “elite”.

Truly, the search for diet pills that really work is a feat, thus, it is best that we watch what we eat, live an active lifestyle and get enough sleep. Look WHO’s talking! Hahaha! But hey, I just weighed myself after a heavy dinner tonight and I am still at my ideal weight. Way to go me! :)

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My Shopping Date

Friday, March 25, 2011

I was supposed to have some salon time this morning and do some last minute shopping. Aside from some summer wear, a dress for an event, and a  new pair of shoes, I also need to find a rocawear shirt for a friend.  He specifically asked for one when he learned about my trip back to my first home very soon. But since I worked and slept late last night, I feel sluggish and very sleepy. Moreover, the laundry needs to be folded, online tasks have to be accomplished and a set of maternity shots has to be post-processed. 

What to do then? I have already asked my husband through SMS if he is willing to accompany me in doing the errands tomorrow and he said yes. Yay! Hopefully, we can also find a nice pair of shoes for him for summer. So yes, I am going shopping with the Husband! This is going to be fun!

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Of Car Insurance and Car Seat Covers

Thursday, March 24, 2011

If you are looking for cheap auto insurance quotes, make sure that you pay http://www.estatecarinsure.com/ a visit. That’s where a friend of mine found his car insurance and fast!

On the other hand, if you are looking for a nice and customized car seat covers, Etsy is the place for you! I have been looking for one as a gift for a goddaughter per her mom’s request. Here are some that caught my fancy:

  
misskaystitches                                                              sewcuteinaz

      
ChubbyBaby                                                                   fattymamadesigns

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A Well-Deserved Day Off Part 1

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I have been slacking badly that I failed to share with you some of the fun things I did in the previous weeks. One of those is a well-deserved day off with a very old friend of mine. We have been classmates since high school and she is one of the wackiest in our bunch. I like hanging out with her because she amuses me and can knock some sense into me. Most of the time, that is.

Anyway, it was one fine Wednesday (one of her days off from work) when she came for a visit. I met her at the mall and we proceeded to the Air Force Park in Clark for some sight seeing and being shutter bugs, for photo opps, of course. We took turns to take photos of each other secretly and I give her credit for this lovely photo HERE. However, I was able to take nice photos of her too, if I may say, despite violent protests on her part. Take a look:


In between taking photos, we exchanged anecdotes from the past and the present. It is fun to know her life at work which is totally different from my job in the past. We also talked about and had so much laugh on our imaginary pack of high breed dogs and their highly skilled yet funny caregiver. When we finally got tired, we rested by the swing and ate ice drops. Once we’ve gained enough energy, we decided to head back to the city for a very late lunch.  

To be continued…

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Officially, It’s Summer!

I remember the days when I need my blanket to keep my warm during my early afternoon naps. Those were the days indeed because as you can see, summer has officially started:

It is already late in the afternoon and yet the temperature feels like it’s still high noon! If there is a day that I would be more than happy to see the temperature this high, it’s laundry day – come Thursday or Friday.

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If You Could See Me Now by Cecilia Ahern

Monday, March 7, 2011

If You Could See Me Now by Cecilia AhernIt’s been months since I last finished a book. A fiction, that is. Last night. I skimmed through my collection of ebooks on my iTouch and chanced upon If You Could See Me Now by Cecilia Ahern. She is an author who is highly recommended by my friends but it is the first time that I read a book by her. Initially, I did not read its synopsis and I thought that not knowing the plot adds to the excitement. However, I was *forced* to Google it because I wanted to know what will happen towards the end. As if the description will give it away, eh? Haha! 

Anyway, I am now an official Cecilia Ahern fan and off I go now to read another book from her. And the synopsis of If You Could See Me Now reads:

Everything in Elizabeth Egan’s life has its place, from the espresso cups in her gleaming kitchen to the swatches and paint pots of her interior design business. Order and precision keep life under control—and keep Elizabeth’s heart from the pain and hurt she has suffered in the past. Being a reluctant mother to her six-year-old nephew while trying to keep her business on track is a full-time job for Elizabeth, and one that leaves little room for error—or fun.

Until, one day, Ivan unexpectedly comes into their lives. The mysterious Ivan is carefree, spontaneous and always looking for adventure—everything that Elizabeth is not. If You Could See Me Now is the extraordinary tale of Ivan and Elizabeth. Of how Ivan meets the love of his life before she even sees him, and how he teaches her that life is only worth living when it's blindingly colourful and the occasional mess. Yet just when Elizabeth is starting to trust him, it turns out that Ivan isn't at all who she thought he was.

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Our Baby

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Our only daughter will celebrate her birthday very soon but I can still remember the day I give birth to her like it happened yesterday. Her father had no arturo fuente cigars to give out when she came out but surely, many came to pay us a visit and see our new bundle of joy. She was and still is, our bundle of joy, though not that small anymore. And until now, we celebrate and take note of her small and big milestones. She knows that no matter how big she is now and will be, she will always be our baby.

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Exercise and Diet Again

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Early this week, I resolved to going back to my workout routine and mindful eating. And just when I am doing that, I started craving for anything and everything sweet! Just yesterday, I saw this photo that made me want to eat chocolate covered strawberries pronto!


But since strawberries are rare these days, I just have to be contented with M&M chocolates.

I have also been complaining about my sore muscles for about five days now. It’s not surprising because it has been three long months since I stopped. I know that the pain is just temporary and I should get moving to achieve my desired results again. 

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