I met today's guest at Chick Lit Central. (I love the woman over at Chick Lit Central's website and Facebook Page who tirelessly champion for women writers and fabulous books so please check them out!) On the day of my guest blog they asked their readers to post their biggest dreams in the comments. I loved reading the comments and seeing so many women doing fabulous things in their lives. When I came across Meg's dream I had to contact her. Meg Munson wrote that her dream was to become a stay-at-home mom and she did it. What was once considered normal and expected of women, today is a very tough dream to realize. Most households need the double income to survive, but Meg had a dream and she found a way to do it.
Sometimes I believe there's a battle woman have whether they're stay-at-homers or working-moms that causes them to feel the pressure to stand-up for their choice. I think every woman should be supported in whatever choice she makes and I love that Meg fully embraces her dream.
Before I give you Meg in her own words, as many woman feel, Meg didn't want to self-promote so I'm going to do a little raving for her. You have to check out her website and all her talents and the amazing things she does. www.megmunson.com.
Photo by Stacey Colton Photography
My name is Meg Munson and I am honored to be your guest blogger. I am a mom to two beautiful girls ages 9 and 7 and I also have a very athletic stepson age 13. I have been married to my husband for 10 years and I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom. When my husband and I got married and decided to start a family, it was my dream to stay at home with our daughters. I did not want someone else to raise them. My days are now filled with delight in watching each new accomplishment my daughters make. I can't imagine missing their first smile, first step, first word or first day of school every year. Being a mom has brought me so much joy and I am extremely grateful for finding a company that has allowed me to be at home with my family everyday.
After my first daughter was born, I started researching home-based businesses. While on one of my favorite mom sites I came across a great article written by another stay at home mom. It was all about these great gourmet candles and amazing all natural products. I did a lot of research on the company and loved what I found. The best part about this company is they offered more than one way to make money. They offered retail, wholesale, and fundraising opportunities as well as building my own team. There were no monthly quotas or commitments to join. I figured if this other mom could do it, than I could give it a try too. I love our products and they practically sell themselves. (I mean who hasn’t burned a candle before? LOL) I have helped many other women and men start their own home business. I have been with my company for almost nine years and have met the most amazing people and have found lots of joy in helping others achieve their dreams.
Don’t get me wrong there have been some bad days and struggles along the way, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We have had to keep a tight budget and not go on as many vacations as other families, but we make it work. My days don’t always go as planned, but that is the great thing about working at home. I can make my own schedule and work around my kid’s activities. (Boy do they have a lot and my first job is really a chauffeur!) I know many women out there don’t think they can work at home with small children, but it can be done. Knowing what your schedule is like daily and writing it all down helps you plan out when you have free time. Believe it or not there is free time! I use this time to blog, make connections with new people, call leads or update my website. I may only have an hour of free time during the day, but I am a night person and accomplish most of my work after the girls go to bed. It is all a balancing act and knowing what is right for you. If being a stay at home mom is one of your dreams, I am here to tell you it can be a reality. The smiles I see on my girls’ faces are my reward and I can’t imagine anything better!!!