Why I Love Being a Working Mom

There was a dark time in my life as a mom, a time when I felt like the days stretched out relentlessly in front of me, filled with nothing but the wails of babies and diapers galore. I felt listless and permanently exhausted, too tired to get dressed in the morning, but not motivated enough to change anything about my life. 

I was a working mom back then, but only out of necessity, working a job I didn't truly love as a second shift nurse. I only worked a few night shifts a week, which meant all of my days were spent at home with my two young kids. I wanted to enjoy staying home with them, but truth be told, I felt like I was in a fog. I dreaded going into work at the hospital, especially knowing how tired I would be the next morning, and felt like I was trapped in a never-ending cycle. 

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Looking back, I am certain I had some undiagnosed postpartum depression, but at the time, I was too far “in” to see any way out. I was a young mom, 24 with two kids, and I honestly thought that was just the way motherhood was supposed to feel. 

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It took a very, very long time, but eventually, I started to make very small steps towards a life that felt more fulfilling and a job that helped me feel more like “me” instead of a disgruntled mother stuck at home 24/7. I took a job in the labor and delivery department, while still difficult being on the night shift, was truly a passion for me. 

And I even began taking the smallest of steps towards pursuing something that I had always wanted to do — become a writer. I started a blog and took some classes and tried to learn anything and everything I could about the writing industry. I started to believe that maybe, just maybe, I could eke out a living as a writer. 

Eventually, my life settled into a place where one day, I was able to look around and realize, “Oh my gosh, I have everything I ever dreamed about.” It was a humbling realization and even more surprising was how much my work played into that. Over the course of six years, from the time my second daughter was born and a long cry from those first dark days of her life, I was able to transition into doing work that felt meaningful to me and also provided financially for my family. After working so many jobs that felt like they sucked the soul out of me, finding work that I loved was not something that I take lightly. 

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In fact, my work today is a large part of why I am so happy as a mom. I love what I do and I know without a doubt that being a working mom makes me a better mom. It may not always make me a more calm mom or a more balanced mom and it may be flat out insane some days (today, with a sick toddler, comes to mind), but overall, I know that I was meant to be a working mom. And that is not something I feel guilty about because I believe that having work that makes me happy and allows me to bring home a paycheck is a true gift. 

Do you like being a working mom? Why or why not? 

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Why I Love Being a Working Mom

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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