Three years ago I was a busy nonprofit executive who worked 60-hour weeks. I loved my job at times, but I was mostly miserable. Now I work from home, doing the things I love — writing, advocacy, and teaching yoga. Oh, and there's an added bonus: I get to snuggle my baby whenever I need a fix. So, how did I do it? Well I'm not gonna say it's easy to switch careers after you have a kid. I consider myself pretty luck, actually. But, in my case at least, it was totally possible once I figured a few things out, and I know it can be possible for you, too.
So, how did I start to transition from office life to work-from-home life? I actually remember the moment I decided to make the switch rather vividly. I was sitting in a meeting with child protective services, talking about a horrible case that was breaking my heart. I stepped out of the meeting in tears because I felt like the system was failing a family and there was nothing I could do about it. Within the confines of my job, I was stuck. I texted my partner and he asked me to imagine where I would be and what I would do, if I could do anything, career-wise. What would make me happy? What would make me feel like I was doing something, anything, instead of feeling helpless? The first thing that came to mind was a beach in Costa Rica. You too, right? But, not just sipping drinks. In my dream I was writing and teaching yoga on that beach, all while my kids played in the sand. Little did I know that I would soon move towards that future; a future where I didn't feel like what I did for a living didn't matter or make a difference or evoke some kind of change.
It wasn't easy, to be sure. Being a working mom is hard enough. Changing careers, as a busy, single mom, seemed impossible. Once I envisioned a career-change, I needed get some sh*t done to make it happen. I built my support system, did a ton of research, and networked like a boss. My partner and I spent more than a few hours going over our family budget and figuring out how we were going to make everything work. It was hard in more ways than one, but I'm doing it, and I honestly couldn't be happier. So if you're considering a change in your career path, here's how you can make it happen: