I’m really excited about a new series I’m introducing today titled We Knew Her (or Him) When… About twice a month, a parent (mom or dad) will be featured who has recently made a life change after becoming a parent–perhaps she invented a product, threw herself into charity, or is publishing a book. There are endless possibilities for the exciting changes people make in their lives. This column will not only offer a buzz about the new ventures, but also offer inspiration to other parents who need motivation or an umph if they’re feeling lost.
We all know that parenting changes your life. When you’re young and innocent, you pick a career and, often, put your heart, body and soul into it. But this little bundle that lands in your arms in the form of a baby changes your perspective. It truly makes you look at the world differently and, often, you start to see that the job you wanted wasn’t the right career path for you. Or, perhaps, you have an amazing idea that you just have to move on — focusing you to do something new. It could also be the economy that changes your path.
For me, it was the responsibility of being a parent that made me have this life- and purpose-change. I recognized how important it was for me to not be in a job that held me in a classroom all school day. I wanted to work with my kids in their classrooms, be there to take them to school and pick them up at the end of the day. I’m fortunate that I was able to stay home.
But I also missed something. I missed something I could do for me, and I wanted to contribute to my home financially as well as be a role model to my children. All of this encouraged me to create a new career path based on my adventures of the past. Now, as a writer, I can express all the knowledge and experience I’ve learned and continue learning at my own pace. I can set my office hours as they need to be set. I can continue to help my family both financially and physically while still putting my best foot forward.
It took a long time for me to figure out my direction. I played in a lot of directions and learned so much about what I do and do not enjoy doing. I fell back into my old marketing career for a year or so but was pretty instantly reminded why I left that. I was able to dip my toes into many seas until I rode the wave into the right one for me.
I bet we all know people who have made, or are making, transformations in their lives after having babies. This column is for them, and for other parents to be inspired about the many opportunities and wonderful people out there (and their amazing products.)
Nominate an inspiring parent
Nominate yourself, a friend, a colleague, a client to be featured in this series by completing the form linked here (and in the sidebar.) Qualifying nominees will be sent a few questions via email and, upon completion, will be scheduled to be featured in an upcoming We Knew Her (or Him) When… post on Julieverse.
I’m SO excited to learn how people’s lives are changing and about all the exciting new adventures parents are jumping into!
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