Single mom, working full-time from home, going to school full-time for my masters degree, and trying to have somewhat of a social life …. safe to say I’m busy, exhausted, and a bit overwhelmed, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I thought I would give y’all an update on being a full-time working mom student and how things are going.
I’m not going to lie, it’s a lot and way more overwhelming than I thought it would be. I have had multiple people tell me that maybe I shouldn’t do school right now or if I’m overwhelmed then why keep going or if I need to create space then maybe I should stop the social activities. All of these things increase my drive and motivation to keep going. Nothing like someone telling you to stop to give you the extra energy boost to keep going. I’m not going to give up because things are hard or busy. I’m not going to give up my social life because I need the mental break. Could I take the time to take better care of myself, absolutely! But I think we can all do a better job of that.
There are some days where I feel super productive at work. I feel like I spent a good amount of uninterrupted time with Beckham and I am on top of things with school. This feeling doesn’t happen very often. Mostly, I am full of guilt for not doing enough in one area or more of my life. All of these roles separately are a lot, especially being a mom. Tack on everything else and it’s a bit much. But, I would rather finish school now than when Beckham is older and has his own activities. I am grateful for a job that allows me to work from home. I make sure to ask for help and take a minute to myself when needed.
I’m about to finish my first block of classes and honestly I love my school program. I’m proud of myself for taking steps to further my career. I am proud of myself for continuing to learn and grow at my job during this time. I’m grateful for amazing family and friends to laugh with, help me, and support me through this craziness of life right now. I hope to make Beckham proud one day and inspire him to do whatever he sets his mind too. Although it’s tough, I love being home and seeing him play, learn, and grow everyday. Working with him on my lap and his hand down my shirt is something special, but also a moment I will cherish.
To all the women out there that are single moms, working moms, women doing things to better themselves, striving everyday to build a life they love, I’m proud of you and I am glad we are in this together.