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Am I Leaving My Cardiology Job To Blog Full Time?

Dozens of you messaged me today inquiring about my Insta-story where I mentioned I am leaving my cardiology job.   Thanks so much for your interest!  I’m so grateful you care 🙂

To answer what most people asked – no, I am not leaving my job to blog full time.   I am a stay at home mom the majority of the week – so that is what I consider my full time job.   Even if I left healthcare altogether, which I am not planning to do, I cannot sit down and write a blog post while I’m taking care of my kids.   I blog in the evenings and squeeze in some social media time while my kids are present and have a sitter 2 afternoons a week.  I put in the hours of a full time job with blogging because I love it but my most important work right now is raising up my kiddies.

I went to school for 9 years to become an APRN.   There is great job security in healthcare.    I have kids, a house, and a savings account I drained when we paid for a downpayment on our home.  I am having a great time blogging and have been blessed with some financial success in doing it, but I can’t guarantee people will stay interested in what I have to say.

There were a few reasons that lead me to resign from my current position.  I didn’t feel sure it was the right decision until the sense of relief I felt once I had made it official.   Side note – that’s the same way I felt when I made the decision for my husband to get a vasectomy (because ultimately he said he would do whatever I chose even though he was ready to call it quits at 2 kids).   In deciding we were done having kids I lead with my head and with decision to leave my job of 8 years I lead with my heart.

We are currently on our 3rd nanny in the 2 years since I went back after my maternity leave with Camdon.   It’s odd hiring a stranger to be alone in your home all day with your baby.  Only one of the nanny’s was a total stranger to us and thankfully she  worked out fine before she started calling out more frequently than my husband or I could afford to miss work.   The current nanny we have is amazing but she’s taking a full-time nursing job in August.   So I asked my current employer if I could drop my hours to avoid hiring another nanny and they, understandably, wanted someone who could offer more continuity in the office.

With the way healthcare is going it was sort of a relief to leave.   When I joined my current practice is was 3 physicians and myself.   Now the practice has more than doubled in size and healthcare is becoming so much more a business than I expected.  I’m still wanting to hand hold and coach patient’s through healthy lifestyle choices and quality of life concerns but various factors put so much pressure on us seeing more patients, writing more scripts, and doing it all in less time.  I want to stay in healthcare but I haven’t found my new niche just yet.

Right now I am contemplating two per diem job offers.  I feel blessed to be in a career where there are so many job opportunities and so lucky to have a flexible schedule so I can be home with my kids.  Growing up my parents both had to work full time for financial reasons so this mom life I have is not not what I expected it to look like for me.   All that said, being home with my kids can be a real struggle for me.   Some days I don’t feel cut out for the job and I call my office job my “vacation” because there are weeks when the whining and monotony starts to get me a little nutty (particularly in the Winter).

The toddler days are long but the years fly by.  I would expect I will never regret a decision to take more time with my family as finances allow.  I think one area of healthcare that is sorely neglected at the moment is addiction recovery but I am no where near equipped with the skills to treat these patients right now.   So my options are open…and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.  I appreciate your interest so much!

I’d love to hear how other people are balancing work and life!   Or if there are questions you have that I didn’t address above feel free to ask!

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  • Francesca
    June 16, 2017 at 4:08 am

    I am continually inspired by your story, Rachel. Staying home with kids is certainly an undertaking, as is working while raising a family and blogging on the side. I can relate.

    Thankfully, bloging is getting “easier” as the learning curve has finally plateaued, but there are still not enough hours in a day.

    I’m feeling the same way about job security. It’s hard to rely on something that is ever-changing like blogging. I can’t imagine giving up my teaching career to blog full time simply bc the benefits I would be losing are too great, no matter how much I love the self-publishing content and interaction.

    Our family’s future should come first, but hopefully our interests won’t always play second fiddle.

    xo, Francesca

  • Nicole Charles
    June 16, 2017 at 2:23 pm


    Thanks so much for sharing. I have taken time off from my teaching career to stay home with my three kids. I started my blog just as a hobby and way to connect with other adults who share similar interests but even as a hobby the balance is so incredibly tough. I intend on going back to teaching, hopefully part time but regardless…the struggle is real when raising little ones! I truly enjoy and appreciate posts like this (aside from your incredible outfits). Thanks again for sharing and best wishes!


    • Rachel
      June 16, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      thank you!! you’re the second teach to reply. i am so thankful to be in a career where there are so many part time options. i hope you can find one when you’re ready to return to teaching. it’s such a gift.
      thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Rachel
    June 16, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    aw! yes. it’s always a balance. unfortunately part time teaching positions are rare but hopefully this summer you can devote more time to your blog!
    thanks for commenting!!

  • Virginia
    June 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    You are a rockstar! As a full time working mom of two boys the same age as yours I am awed at all you accomplish with such tact. Keep it up and enjoy the time with your boys. If I wasn’t 3,000 miles away in SD I’d want to be your mom-friend. ?

    • Rachel
      June 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      AW!!!! wow. that’s so sweet. I’d love to be mom friends in SD :). ha. I appreciate it. it’s a little of hustle.

  • Jennie Bonczek
    June 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Rachel…your choice is a good one and your children will thrive because of it! I will miss you terribly, but I have to count my blessings that we have been able to share the last eight years together! I will continue to follow you on your blog and will most certainly plan visit with you and your awesome kids! Cherish the days as your kids are little, before you know it they will be teenagers!!
    I will miss you and want to thank you for making my job so much easier…your great humor and sweet personality always lifted me up when things felt tough. Love you…Jennie

  • Sally (@SisterStyled)
    June 16, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Congrats girl! That’s exciting! I am in awe of all the stay at home moms out there. I personally do not want to stay home with my kid. I’m not strong enough. Haha! I’d actually love to make enough money for my hubs to stay home, pick our son up from school, do homework, coach soccer, make dinner and pour me wine. Now that sound amazing!!!! Not really sure how I balance family/work/life/blogging, but all I do know is that I have no time for TV!!! And I’ve got a lot of to-do lists floating around in front of my face ;o)

    • Rachel
      June 16, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      ha. yes. my to do list is always lengthy and i love having a career. thanks for the comment!

  • Savvygirlsstyle
    June 16, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    It’s always refreshing to hear another mama say she is putting her kids first. That is not often the case.

    • Rachel
      June 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      thanks girlie!! I enjoy a mix so hopefully I can work just enough to get the break I need and still put money away for college. xo

  • Kelsey
    July 15, 2017 at 4:13 am

    I have been a nurse for 4 years. I spent 3 in the hospital and now I am in the clinic setting. I was so relieved when I left the hospital because of how “business” related it had become. I was tired of sitting through countless meeting about ratings and reimbursements. The clinic setting had not gotten to that point yet and I finally felt like we were there solely for the patients. Unfortunately over the last year more and more of this has been creeping into the clinic setting and it is so disheartening. I am so glad you are able to step away and spend more precious hours with your kids. You won’t regret it and you will find a great fit at work!

    • Rachel
      July 15, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      thank you Kelsey!! couldn’t agree more. I hope you find yourself the right place as well. xx