How I became a stay at home mom

Hello and welcome to my blog! 

My name is Ashley and I’m a mama to a toddler with baby number 2 on the way. We live in the Pacific Northwest and absolutely love spending time outdoors!

I would love to start by giving you a little backstory on how my journey to become a stay-at-home mom started and how I ended up here, on this blog.

When I had my now almost 2 year old daughter, I was blessed to have 5 months of maternity leave. I am so thankful I got that much time with her! When it came to prep to go back to work, I started to realize that she would be in daycare 10 hours a day, 5 days a week. 

My heart broke at this realization. 

I was okay with the idea of her being in daycare. It was proven to help with socialization, stimulation, learning, exploring, and much more. But 10 hours?! I hated the thought of it. However, we also didn’t have much of a choice. Or so I thought. 

Fast forward to May 2020, I came across a Facebook ad for a gal named Micala Quinn. I don’t remember the exact wording of the ad, but she mentioned something about working from home on your own terms that wasn’t an MLM; multi level marketing which is direct sales (interestingly enough, I’ll get to that later). I was dead set on not signing with an MLM company and was very intrigued when she said I could make money from home without doing that. 

So I clicked the ad. 

I soon learned about the world of remote work while freelancing and all its potential. I signed up for her course Overwhelmed to Overbooked, and BAM, I was in business. I signed two clients within the first couple of months and was maxed out on my ability to take on more Virtual Assisting client work while being at my full time job. Or in other words- I was overbooked! 

(Credit: micalaquinn.com) 

(Here’s my affiliate link if you’re interested in learning more about how to become a freelancer https://go.micalaquinn.com/overwhelmed-to-overbooked/workshop/?afmc=80 )

I started to see how this could be the answer to me staying home with my daughter while not feeling like we were living paycheck to paycheck. My husband and I came up with a plan for him to carry health insurance so I could quit and focus on my business. 

To give you an idea of the timeline, August 2020 was also when I made the pivot to focus on coaching. There will be another blog post giving you all of the details about that! This is also when I was introduced to Savvi which is yet another post you’ll read and learn about. 

Soon, everything was moving along as we planned and I put in my notice at my full time job. I QUIT! I couldn’t believe it! Well, I could after all the hard work I had put in! It didn’t sink in though, that I was no longer an employee for a very long time!

Now I am home full time with my daughter, building a coaching business, and maintaining my freelance work as a VA. You’d think I’d have more time to grow my business since I wasn’t working a full time job, but it’s quite the opposite. She is no longer in daycare so my business time was still limited to a couple hours a day, max. This was assuming she napped (mamas, if you know, you know!). 

Now I’ve also taken on being a brand consultant for Savvi, an athleisure wear line in pre launch. I’ll give you all the details about that in the next post so stay tuned! 

Check out the course I took to make this all happen -> affiliate link https://go.micalaquinn.com/overwhelmed-to-overbooked/oto-info/?afmc=81

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