I’ve been invited by Christie, an intern at Work At Home Moms Talk Radio to participate in a Cross Blog Conversation
Kelly McCausey, one of the women behind Mom Masterminds, is promoting the idea at Work at Home Moms Talk Radio, and the gist of it works like this:
Cross Blog conversation is … a conversation between two people that takes place on their respective.
The conversation starts when one side posts a letter to the other and finishes up by asking the other side a question. The other participant answers the question on their blog and adds on a new question for the other and so it goes – back and forth.
Readers will want to keep an eye on both blogs to catch the responses and new questions – and, since the conversation is being carried out in public, they can comment and share their own perspectives about the questions and answers.
Christie is a mama to be and is expecting her new addition thanks to a gestational surrogate, who, as she says has “our bun in her oven.” Christie was a makeup artist in her former life and has been working on thefor 2 years now. She loves all things as well as podcasts and her enthusiasm as a Work at Home Moms Talk Radio intern really shines through in her emails as well as writing skills.
Well, thisWAHM Grandma is excited to think that someone would be interested in my opinions! I think I’ll send this post via e-mail to my 2 grown daughters ~ you know how it goes, they sometimes “turn a deaf ear” on you?
In her first cross blog conversation with me, Christie stated that she feels it’s best to do things you are passionate about and wanted to know why I am passionate about being a work-at-home mom. As I state in my About Me blog page here on Moomette’s Magnificents, I’ve been around the block for awhile and am more than willing to share my opinions! (I like how Christie says I ‘take no prisoners’))
What Am I Passionate About as a WAHM?
You could consider me a wannabe Librarian. As a Paralegal by profession, I was trained in writing skills, fact-checking and Internet Research. I’m extremely detail oriented. At one point in my life it was my hope to pursue ain , however time constraints and family obligations wouldn’t allow it.
When I was a child there was a bookcase outside my bedroom door. On rainy days I could often be found thumbing through the entire set of Encyclopedia Britannica. When my daughters hear me tell that story, they think I’m a nerd. They’re right. I’ve gone from being a bookworm to a geek and news junkie now. If you want to know where mom is, check the computer room! You might think I’m an extrovert, but I’m not, really. I like to think of myself as more the ‘Wizard of Oz’ behind the curtain (in this case, a computer!)
I’m passionate about sharing knowledge with others that I have developed over my 50-Something plus years.
My grandmother lived to be 101 and passed on a tremendous amount of knowledge andto me. In this modern age, oral history may translate to “blogging.”
When I was a young mom opportunities were limited to work at home as the Internet hadn’t been invented. Because of my skills as a paralegal I worked 3 days per week in a law office. I was fortunate to have an understanding supervisor and was able to take work home. I typed up writs and complaints on a “state-of-the-art” electric Royal typewriter, often working from 8 pm after the kids were in bed, until well after 1 am. The work-at-home opportunity enabled me to piece together a 40-hour paycheck. I was the uber WAHM in the 1980s.
Much like you, my children were born later on in my marriage. I married in 1974, but my first child wasn’t born until 9 years later, in 1983. I’m passionate about the “what if” factor of being self-supportive.
Life gets in the way and even with the most thought-out plans you’ll find yourself off-ramping. Children did come along. That’s why, while in my 40s, I went back to finish the college education I started after graduating. Completing my college degree was also “insurance” that if something happened to my husband, I would be able to compete with any “20-somethings” as I had not only a work ethic, but experience and paper trail to compete in any job market. I’m a firm believer of having a “Plan B” in place, sort of like a back-up for the back-up babysitter.
By completing my college education while my children were pre-teens, I felt it showed them that I was serious about their education. My oldest daughter graduated college as a Communications major, and after an extended maternity leave, recently landed a position as a Marketing Director, despite the job-market today.
I feel fortunate that I instilled in my daughters a drive and determination to succeed, which I hope to pass on to other young women who may not have a close support system in place.
My husband is also self-employed, but didn’t open his own business until my daughters were in middle-school and high school. We recognize the benefits and drawbacks of working from home and being self-employed. We found that the girls actually benefited from someone being at home when they got out of school during the middle-school years!
My questions to Christie
Do you have a personal growth timeline set up? Where do you see yourself, career wise in 5 years? 10 years? Do you have a Plan B in place if your work-at-home dreams don’t come to fruition? Do you expect or foresee yourself taking any steps, formal education-wise to effect any changes if your current plans fall through?
Finally, to answer your bonus question ~ What does “Moomettesgram” mean?
My oldest grandchild who is 2-1/2 goes by the nickname
“Lil Moomette.” Therefore, I am Moomettesgram!