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Lessons from this WAHM Journey After 7 Years and Vote on a New Weekly Show

Little did I now when I started this show back in 2010, how much I’d learn and struggle as a work at home mom.

Early on in my journey, A.J. went to preschool in the morning and took an afternoon nap, which meant I could squeeze in writing work and still get a good night’s rest.

sleeping baby, AJ sleep holding his toe

 

By the time he was two years old, I also had a village of fellow work at home/freelance parents when a co-working and drop-in child care hybrid opened in Avondale Estates. It’s since closed. But I have such fond memories there, like the launch of my e-book, Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms.

I miss my village. I miss getting dressed “for work” and talking to adults during the day.

While work at home life has its benefits like flexibility, there are just as many drawbacks like loneliness and the tendency to stay in your PJs most of the day.

Now A.J. is in first grade, our commute to school is longer and in case you haven’t heard since a portion of I-85 in Atlanta collapsed, it takes longer to get everywhere. We spend more time in our car than ever.

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One victory is I’ve hired a Mommy’s Helper to come by once a week to play with him for a few hours after school, while I work.

 

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My available work hours have been reduced greatly unless I reduce how much sleep, which is already a struggle. Did you know that lack of sleep also contributes to weight gain, which can make it even harder for moms?

As someone who’s struggled with depression in the past, I don’t want to start down that slippery slope of exhaustion and

One thing I’ve learned on this WAHM journey is that if I’m struggling, I’m not alone.

So I’d like to jazz things up a little more around here. More in-person  events in Atlanta are in the preliminary planning stages, just like the WAHM Vision Board event I held in 2015.

Atlanta Vision Board Event

 

But most importantly, I want to talk with you live on Facebook and here on the show.

  1. Talk back to me on the Mommy Talk Show Facebook page or in the comments. One of the first topics I’m considering: How to Hire a Mommy’s Helper.
  2. If you can’t watch live on Wednesdays at 12 noon ET, please suggest a new time.
  3. Once the show launches please support & share it. Watch the rebroadcasts and subscribe to the Mommy Talk Show bi-monthly newsletter where I’ll include the video too.
  4. I’d love to discuss a partnership or collaboration if you’re a brand or blogger. But I DO NOT partner with MLM’s and direct-selling companies.

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About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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10 comments

  1. this is such a great idea!

  2. I love that there are so many options for WAHM’s now. I’m nowhere near having a kid (yet) but I love hearing testimonies about how mommy divas make it work. I get scared that I won’t be able to do some things but posts like these help motivate me.

  3. It seems like you’ve been handling work and home pretty well. WAHM sounds like such an great idea that we help mothers who work from home.

  4. It is a pleasure to be corresponding with a Emmy winner who seems real down to earth. As a single mother raising the FAB Five while pursuing my Master’s Degree in Communication Studies, I really could have used a Mommy Helper… My question is… can you give me some advice on how to hire a Teenager Helper or a get these grown… smart mouth kids out of my house Helper… Just Saying!! LOL

    Your son is so handsome! I will try my best to tune it and congrats on your Emmy! Stay Blessed Queen! ~ejnosillA

  5. Oh yeah… I forgot… I would love to collaborate on something… but first, please check out my blog. I know you are focused on family-friendly content and my focus is on women empowerment through discussing my life or current worldly issues. Please let me know what you think… ejnosillA

  6. Gone Lady you getting things handled! Wow WAHM sounds perfect.

  7. I am a WAHGM for over 5 years now. It can be a challenge sometimes. I often try to get out to breakfast or lunch with a friend once a week or so. I love your ideas.

  8. This is awesome! I don’t have any kids yet but I plan on being a WAHM for sure with my blog and beauty business.

    Love,
    Ivelisse | CarnationDreams.com

  9. I like the idea of hiring a Mommy’s Helper. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a year now. I’m just really nervous about it because I have no clue where to start looking. I would love to have someone come to my home 1-2 days a week for 3 hours to play with my kids while I work on creative projects at home. Also, I didn’t know I-85 collapsed! What happened? I hope nobody was hurt badly. That’s so scary!

  10. When I work from home I have a hard time managing my time. I do enjoy the flexibility but miss the social aspect. It’s arias up for sure.

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