So What Wednesday

I have to say, I've had some ups and downs this past week.

My decision to stay home, and basically cut our income in half has been the best and worst thing to happen for our home.
I get to be with our girls.
I get to work on my blog and shop, both incredible passions of mine.
I get to try to pretend that I'm a good little housewife and cook nice meals and clean.  Who am I kidding, the house is still a pit most days, but it's because the girls and I have been having fun.  Sue me.

We also live on a super tight budget that's hard to follow.
We watch every penny, something that's not too familiar of a practice.
We get to worry about the "what ifs" - what if the car breaks down?  What if the basement floods?  How are we going to pay for the repairs.
We worry about my income, because it is so variable.  The sky's the limit, but it could also be a very short straw too.

This past week was especially disappointing.
Those pennies are tight.
I feel an immense amount of guilt that my decision to leave a steady paycheck and chase a passion is causing this uncertainty.
That negative self-talk started.
My decision.
My fault.
My failure.

Then I had a chat with my Stella & Dot sponsor, Leah.  She encouraged me to overcome that negative self-talk.  It does nothing but poison a situation and blind you to the opportunities that may be hidden.

So this week, I say SO WHAT to all of it
all of the negative thoughts
the stress
the worry

We will stay afloat.
I am being the best wife and mother I can be.  Probably the best I've been in a long time.
You can't put a price on that (thank goodness, we probably couldn't afford it if there was a dollar figure amount on it!)

Be sure to stop by Shannon's site and see what everyone else had going on this week.

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Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

That is a very good attitude. I need to remember that when I get in a funk. Stopping by from Welcome Wednesday.

Sara said...

It is very hard staying home and not feeling the guilt that money wouldn't be tight if 'I' were working. But then I think I'll get a job, but all the money will go to day care. So how is that helping??
And our house is also still a pit and your right, the messier it is, the more fun you had that day! :)

Suze said...

Sounds like you have a very good attitude! And thank you for your honesty... Spencer and I talk about me staying home sometimes, and everyone paints this glittery picture of rainbows and sunshine. But I always wonder how I would really feel. It's refreshing to hear some real thoughts on staying home.

Cheryl Enlow said...

Stopping by from SWW and I am so glad I did.

What a great post! So uplifting and postive. You rock girl!

You ahve a new follower :)

Tish said...

I'm a new follower, from Wednesday Blog Hop. I could have written this post myself. This is the first time I have stayed home, after being in the corporate M-F world, and times are tough at this house! I'm terrified of Christmas and our budget!


SaraSherrell.com said...

I found your site through welcome Wednesday. Congrats on your decision to stay home. I remember that guilty feeling when I left a job with a much higher pay plus weekly overtime to take a much lower paying job with not quite 40 hours per week. Thankfully my husband has always backed such decisions. Mommy guilt is never far away though.

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