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Back in June, I left behind my teaching career in order to be home with my daughter and to start my at-home daycare. I opened the daycare in July after taking some family time to travel, camp, and just enjoy my time with as mom. However, it wasn’t long before we discovered we were also expecting baby #2. 

Fast forward 6 months, I love being home with my daughter. I’ve witnessed her first steps, say new words, and watch her begin to interact with the older kids. I love it! 

However, I have my struggles too. My biggest struggle is taking care of myself. I am lacking some serious motivation. I don’t know if it’s being 6 months pregnant, taking care of 4 kiddos under the age of 4, struggling financially (day care just doesn’t pay what a teaching salary earns), a combination or something else. Whatever the cause, I’m struggling.

These are the 5 things I need to do to take care of myself in order to be a better mom, wife, and most importantly me.

1. Establish a Morning Routine

       This has been a huge struggle for me. I’ve been so exhausted lately that I find myself cuddling my daughter in the chair instead of doing what I need to do in order to start my day. A morning routine for me before the daycare kids arrive needs to happen. 

2. Yoga/Stretch

      I haven’t been doing my beloved yoga. I honestly can’t remember the last time I did it for me and this scares me and makes me sad at the same time. Yoga grounds me and helps me relax. Not to mention, it also helps with the pregnancy. 

   What I need to do is to add yoga to my morning routine. Even if it’s only 10 minutes everyday, it will help boost my mood and start my day relaxed.

3.  Set weekly goals and Review Every Day

      Usually on Sunday nights, I set weekly goals in my goal notebook. However, I haven’t been doing it consistently and I need too. I also need to make sure I am reflecting on them everyday to keep moving towards my goals and to know what areas I need to work on more. 

   What I need to do is get back to constantly writing my goals on Sunday evenings to start out my week and reviewing them everyday at night before bed. 

 4. Eating Healthier 

     Nutrition is so important, but it’s something that has gotten away from me. I need to get back to eating better and drinking more water. I know this will help with my motivation and energy levels. 

    What I need to do is increase the amount of plant-based foods and drink more water. I need to start meal planning again and prepping meals/snacks. 

5. Making a To-Do List 

 A to-do list is the one thing I can do to tie everything together. I usually do a mental list, but this isnt as helpful as writing down my list of things to do that day. When I write my lists, I like to do them the night before and review in the morning.

What I need to do is get consistently writing down my to-do list the night before and review it first thing in the morning. My to-do list will include all of the things I need to establish my morning routine. This should help me get my day’s starting better. 

In conclusion, I’m writing this blog to help myself get more accountable to myself. I’m curious as to what you do to help take care of you? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear what works for you. 

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Are you a mom? Did you have to make that dreadful decision of having to return to work after a very brief 6-12 week maternity leave?
I was fortunate to have my daughter over the summer which as a teacher meant I wasn’t working. This was such an amazing thing for me and her because it meant I got an extra 4 weeks with  her beyond my 12 week maternity leave. Thankfully, my actual maternity leave began when school started. However, I HATED the thought of going back to work and leaving my 4 month old home. Yes, we were VERY fortunate to have grandparents who graciously offered to watch her while my husband and I were at work. This didn’t make it any easier for me, so I can only imagine how I would have felt having to drop her off at daycare. 

Well to make a long story short, my hubby and I decided for me to leave behind my teaching career at the end of the year. However, we couldn’t afford for me to be a stay at home mom. We need money to put food on the table and have bills to pay. We were reliant on my teaching income.

These are things I do to help us create income for our family while I am at home with my daughter. It’s truly a win/win for us. I hope to help others especially other teachers to be able to be with their own children full-time. 

  1. Start an In-home Daycare                                                                                                                              This is my biggest stream of income at the moment. I earn about $500 a week from working with children right in my home. Now, there were several start up costs prior to beginning and many steps I had to take in order to be licensed with the state of Michigan. Please see my blog “Starting a Daycare in your Home” blog for more information on start-up costs and steps to becoming a state licensed child care service. Starting an in-home daycare allows me to be home with my daughter as well continuing to work with children, so it fits nicely with my teaching degree. I am even able to charge a little bit more because I am state certified teacher.                                                                                                                                                                              There are drawbacks to running an in home daycare including being open a large amount of hours. I am open 7:00 AM to 5:30PM M-F. Now, this doesn’t mean I have children everyday during these times. It also makes having time off for appointments and vacations a little more difficult. Our house also isn’t really well designed for a separate daycare space, so it can be a struggle to keep a balance of personal space and daycare space. This is especially difficult with having young children myself and allowing them to have their own toys and space that isn’t played with or used by the daycare children. None the less, we are making it work and it is helping me to provide for my family.                                       
  2. Tutoring                                                                                                                                                                         Besides my daycare services, I also tutor students in the evenings and on weekends locally to help bring in extra money. I tutor one-on-one for an hour and charge $25 an hour. I sent out flyers to local schools along with posted an ad on Facebook and in several local Facebook groups.                                                  I have also applied to several tutoring websites to begin tutoring virtually as well. Again, tutoring fits well with my previous teaching experience and degrees. Here is a list of sites that I am currently applying to:                                                                                                                                                                             1. This site is great for teachers, college students or  other degree holding individual who enjoy helping others. This site allows for flexible scheduling and the ability to work from home. They bring the clients to you, so you don’t have to do the marketing to find individuals looking for tutoring. Pay is dependent upon what subjects you are approved to tutor. You will have to take a test and pass with a 42/50 questions in order to be approved to tutor.                                                                             2. Aim 4 A Tutoring: This site you need to send a copy of your resume and a paragraph explaining why you want to do online tutoring, your compensation expectations, Skype username, and your available hours in USA EST time to                                                                              3. Brainfuse                                                                                                                                                                    4. Academic Plus                                                                                             
  3. Blogging                                                                                                                                                                              I recently started a blog as well. I have yet to earn any income from the blog, but it is only 3 weeks old. I am currently adding content and researching other blogs to make mine better with hopes of one day earning an income from the blog.
  4. Surveys                                                                                                                                                                        Surveys are not a way to replace a full time income, but every little bit helps. I signed up with several survey companies for free to help earn a little extra money. They are time consuming, but when I am resting or watching TV they are easy to fill out.                                                                                              Here are a list of the ones I use:                                                                                                                                           1. Swagbucks                                                                                                                                                               2. InboxDollars 
  5. Ibotta                                                                                                                                                                             Ibotta is an app that allows you to earn money on groceries. Again, it’s not something you can earn a full time income from. However, It can give you extra money for things like date night or diapers.

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