- Read more. Aim to read at least one book per month. If you start a book, finish it. Even if you don’t like it…
- Write more. You have such a creative mind, and you’re letting it go to waste. Write at least one piece of poetry, and one short-story per month. Get in to the habit of writing, then when you feel more confident, start writing that book…
- Every night, write a bullet point list containing three things that you are grateful for on that day.
- Teach Gning how to play chess and backgammon. At least once a month, play a game of each.
- Start keeping the house. Properly. No more “I’ll do it in a minute…” – if it needs doing, do it now. Stop leaving everything until later – it’ll only pile up, and mean more work for you.
It’s been exactly one month since my life changed, and I’ve been trying to work out exactly what I was going to write to update you all.
My hubby was offered a full-time job to start on 10 July, and if we were both to be in work, there would be problems with childcare. Yes, we had the option to put the kids in to a private nursery, but even with both of our wages, this would leave us out of pocket. So there was a decision to be made, and quickly.
On 7 July, I worked my last day with the DWP. I am now a “full-time, stay at home mummy”. I am now one of the people who I either envied… Or slated.
I was envious because they got to stay at home with their children. They got to watch their children take their first steps. They got to hear their children say their first words. As a full-time working mum, I missed those moments. I would never have them again, and it ruined me.
I slated the other “full-time, SAHMs” because they had no interest in working. Their kids were in full-time school, and all they did was sit on their arses all day, watching Jeremy Kyle, or spending their dole money on alcohol and tobacco. I am positive that most of the mums that fell in to this category were “baby boomers” – only interested in popping out another sproglet because they got more money…
Yes, I am one of those people who turns my nose up at the “minions”. Yes, I do think I am better than all of the SAHMs that fall in to the latter category.
So now I can hear the comments, “what gives her the right to say that?”
Well, allow me to explain.
Today marks one month since I last worked for anyone.
Since then, I had enrolled on to an online course, and completed a new qualification. I received my PDF certificate just a couple of days ago, and I am waiting for the “hard copy” to come through. The certificate confirms that I had passed the final assessment with a “Higher Distinction”. I have purchased various equipment that I will need to take my qualification further, started a Facebook page with my new “job”, created a Twitter feed, and built a website from scratch. I am now “up and ready to go”. My new career will allow me to choose my own hours; and means that I can do something that I have always wanted to do.
Meanwhile, it’s the summer holidays; so Gning is off school for 6 weeks. I’ve had my two boys with me 24/7 (almost) since I left the DWP – we have had days out, here, there and everywhere…
Gning has been off for 2 full weeks so far (we’re just in to week 3), and so far we have been to:
Acorn Venture Farm (Kirkby)
Gulliver’s World (Warrington)
Treetops (soft play centre in Golborne)
Heysham, Morecambe, Knotts End and Sunderland point (all one journey – Lancashire)
Martin Mere (Bursough)
Windmill Animal Farm (Burscough)
Speke Hall (Speke, Liverpool)
I don’t think the boys have done too badly so far, and there are still (almost) 4 weeks left!
I’ve started a scrapbook for them, so they can keep track of what they’ve been up to, in the summer of 2017.
So what else have I been doing? I’ve kept on top of the front garden – mowing, raking and strimming. The back garden is much to be desired, and I really need to get out there, but the weather has been so bad recently, it’d just be like walking in a swamp. I’ve also scrubbed the kitchen; got on top of all the washing; cleaned the front room – several times; and kept on top of the bookings over at the village hall.
I’ve got lots of other plans, but I need a bit of a rest first of all. These past 4 weeks that I’ve been off work have been a bit of a whirlwind… The first 2 weeks, I practically did nothing. My brain was set to “holiday” mode, lol.
Here’s me, Gning and Donut – I took the selfie yesterday… I think being a full-time SAHM suits me…