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!