In this day and age, some would regard faith as obsolete. I haven’t been the most religious person, I don’t go to church or read the bible (not anymore). But I still believe in God, I still have faith. Sometimes, I still pray and thank Him for all the blessings and ask guidance.
Not so recently, I quit my 4 year employment because #priorities. I didn’t have a high paying job but it was enough to help my husband to get us by. I had to quit because I can’t always be on leave to take care of the baby, my flexibility at work can only be stretched to a certain point and I know my boss’s patience was running thin.
Without any plans, I handed my resignation letter. I was scared, really, but what else can I do? I’ve exhausted all resources to get a replacement nanny, to no avail. Some of those we found, we cannot afford. I know my husband was concerned how my decision will impact our small family financially but I never heard anything, he was there to support me all the way (huhu I cry).
Shortly after I left (three days to be exact), I got an invite for an interview with an Australian client via Upwork. It was my only shot to helping my husband again. So without hesitation, I accepted the interview. I applied as a Research Assistant/Event Planner, but to simply put it, Virtual Assistant.
To be perfectly honest, I have been looking for a homebased job since I got pregnant but I never got lucky. So just imagine my excitement when I received an Upwork notification. The timing was impeccable, just when we needed it most.
Long story short, I landed the job and have been with the same client for three months now. Occasionally, I get random invites from different clients to which I had to decline (sayang) because I don’t have the resources yet to do mutiple jobs.
With my client, I only work 4 hours a day plus 1 hour break. I get paid every two weeks which is decent enough to cover things that we need. My client is very family oriented, he understands that I would sometimes need to attend to family matters (my daughter’s meltdown, doctor’s appointment and stuff) so my time is somewhat flexible.
Really, there is no reason for me to complain but a lot to be thankful for. We still get a lot of help from family, both sides have been really supportive and I can never thank them enough for it.
So to all struggling moms out there, those who can’t seem to put it together, have faith and believe that God will provide. It’s not going to be easy but He’ll guide you through it.
If you are afraid of taking risks, that is OK. We’re all afraid and we need all the support we can get. If you’re more comfortable making your research first, I encourage you to join groups such as FHMoms on Facebook. Since it’s a mommy community, you get to talk to others who may have the same story as yours. Mommy groups as I’ve experienced, from the vast majority, are very welcoming and helpful. Keep strong and know that you can get through it.