It’s hard to believe that 9 months ago, I lost my FT job! Me staying home started out by me losing my job. First off, all of you SAHM out there – I don’t know how you do it! I was far more organized, cleaner house, and seriously had more time on my hands than I do now! I am a schedule person along with my lists <– I love lists! I have not adjusted to this new SAHM mom thing but really, I”m not a stay at home mom because I have to work!! I give you SAHM credit – man it’s hard to be a SAHM! On top of this adjustment my husband took a new job at a technology company and works these crazy hours! He goes in at 1:30 and works until 10 pm and then is on call during off hours. So, he is at home with us all morning – which is so hard to be on a schedule! Because, he wants to see us and we want to see him but my day can’t start at 1:30! I’m so excited about his promotion because it will put him back on an 8-5 schedule with a lot of flex hours! Yeah!! Sorry, to feel like a complainer! I’m just having one of those weeks! Any secrets please share with me! I’m dying over here! LOL
I can’t tell you how many interviews I’ve been and pre-screening interviews I’ve done over the past 9 months. It’s A LOT! In April, I interviewed for a job that I had over 10 years of experience and I thought this was my break! I was more than qualified for this position other than the fact I was currently not an employee! Yup, you guessed it got down to me an internal applicant and they selected the internal employee. I’ve worked in the Corporate world since the late 90’s so I know the game and how things work but what I never understood is stringing someone along. I talked to this company for over 1 month, interviewed 4 times and spoke to the hiring manager at least once a week. You would think all signs are pointing in a positive direction but not this time. So after this job fell through I was in a huge rut and so stressed out! The loss of my income was huge hit for us and I carried the weight of the bills from my employment. Back in 2007, I was laid off and this was after working for the company for over 8 years and then took this last job just really for a job. It was huge pay cut for me and well that’s when I decided to take the venture into the online business world and I opened up Lillian Aerin & Co. I wanted a unique online store for favors, invitations, gifts, personalized kids stuff. It was all of the things that I always had to resort to the internet for because I could never find in the local shops. So in 2008, I started the online business and I worked at it PT between working FT/traveling, being a mom, and everything else that seems to land on my plate. When I lost this last job, I immediately started looking for another job and now looking back I should have just jumped full body into growing the online business. It’s scary being a business owner and I guess I just enjoyed the security of that nice salary check that I had for 8 years. My last job I took a huge pay cut and that’s when I opened up the online business to help replace some of my income. This past week, I’ve been lacking on the blog side which totally has killed me and maybe the reason I haven’t been sleeping well 😉 okay, maybe it’s not the blog it’s probably just the stress of putting together the next phase of my business. After just recently sending out another round of resumes to jobs on Monster and getting that ever so nice email back saying – While your background is very impressive we regret to inform you that you do not meet our qualifications for this job! Really? I honestly, think that I am now in that new age bracket of late 30’s too much experience and you don’t want to pay me so I will hire that 20 something few years out of college for less. So enough of the blah, blah, on to my next chapter!
I am currently, in the process of expanding Lillian Aerin & Co also into an event company. My goal is to offer party planning for any event! I’ve always loved party planning so now I’m going out on my own! Wish me luck as I take this next step! This week has been a lot to take on and I’m sure the next few months will be just as crazy! I have my first event on Aug. 15th so I’m super excited about this and getting my name out there as to what I can do!
The next few weeks, I’m going to have a built in babysitter starting tomorrow! I’m so excited my 15 yr old sister is flying in tomorrow from Florida to stay with us! I only get to see her maybe twice a year, Summer and Christmas so I’m so excited to see her and spend some time with her! Along with having some extra hands to entertain a 4 year old! I’m hoping to get back on track with all of my new blog ideas as well as find some more time to finish up these last few business documents, and to get myself back on the #31DBBB!
I will be back around commenting on your blogs I promise! I’ve been reading them from my phone the past week but hate commenting from the phone! My google reader is ready to explode!
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