Many women are leaving their careers and returning back home. Domestic Rockstar- Yes, You Are (Or At Least You Could Be)! Find out how!
Domestic Rockstar- Yes, You Are (Or At Least You Could Be)
“Each suburban housewife spends her time presiding over a power plant sufficient to have staffed the palace of a Roman emperor with a hundred slaves”. – Margaret Mead
So said the American anthropologist Margaret Mead, and this post is starting with that particular quote, because depending on who you listen to of late, the words “house” and “wife” used in one sentence even worse – together have come to mean so much more than they did when our Moms and Grandmothers were our age – then.
Now, it either means you’re a traitor to the cause or you married a billionaire. But that’s simply not true anymore either. More women are choosing to abandon the boardroom and return to life as a Domestic Rock Star than this side ten years ago, and there is absolutely no shame in doing that.
It isn’t for everyone. It isn’t easy, and it is something that you have to be absolutely, 100% certain of, but giving up a career to head back home could be just as rewarding as your career was, but for different reasons.
Leaving work and heading home is appealing on many levels, but you’re going to need to be sure that you’re in the right position to be able to handle it. If you have a partner, discuss it with them and get their buy-in. Your relationship needs to be on pretty solid ground and you need to have your finances in order. This isn’t usually something that you can do on your own, so we think you have your finances checked out by an accountant or financial advisor that you trust to ensure that your cash flow works. It’s surprising how much less ‘stuff’ we can all get by on, so don’t be afraid to make some cutbacks in some areas, and your kids can never be too old or too young to learn that not everything is going to happen as and when they want/demand it to.
Figure your routine
Leaving work to manage your household full-time has more in common with your work career than you think it does. You’ll need routine, leadership skills, multi-tasking abilities, financial management, and sharp decision making and critical thinking skills.
This is also going to be a big change for your children who would have probably gotten used to a certain routine without having one of their parents around all the time, so be aware that that can cause issues and that means, that communication is not just king – it’s your best friend.
Start by setting a daily routine that works for your whole household. There are quite a few chores that have to be done every day (as you’re well aware) and if you’ve had some help up to this point, consider if you’re going to keep them or not, and in both scenarios who is now going to be responsible for what. Cooking, shopping, and balancing the checkbook (you’ll love rounding.to)
But maintaining a home routine that works like clockwork is as simple as working out a plan to reduce stress, make more time for everyone all while ensuring that your floors are clean enough to eat off of.
Know Your Life Goals
Leaving the office behind for a new life plan doesn’t have to mean that you give up everything that was/is on your vision board, but it is going to mean that you’ll need to consider very carefully what takes priority now. We hate to circle back to this one point – but money matters and along with your life goals, these are likely going to need some adjusting or reorganizing.
But, again – as with everything in our modern world type of living, there is just about nothing that you can’t do if you just plan for it properly – and find the right app. You can work from home and still be a full-time mom. Many of the skills we learned during quarantine are just as workable now.
Get Everyone on the Same Page.
You can’t do this alone, and more to the point – why would you want to? So get your whole family on board and figure out the impact that this is going to have on everyone because it is and even though you may be faced with some grumps, groans, and frumps big life decisions are wonderful learning opportunities for everyone. When your kids get used to having you around more, you’ll discover just how wonderful this new life can be.
It’s not very popular to say that you’re going back to being a housewife anymore, but as with everything in your life – it is your life, after all, so live the best possible version of it.