Maybe you've noticed I've been posting a lot more baby deals lately. Perhaps you've seen far more activity on the Baby GoodBuys Facebook page. Or maybe you haven't noticed anything different at all! No matter what you have or haven't noticed, I'm so excited to announce that I hung up my spreadsheets for good!
I worked for Target Corporation in a variety of positions in the Finance division at corporate headquarters for over seven years, but I put in my notice to quit nearly two months ago. My manager convinced me to continue working for a few extra weeks to wrap up some projects and keep the wheels turning for a little longer, but my last day was on July 29th. I have to say, Target was an absolutely fantastic company to work for, and there was no negativity towards the corporation in my decision to quit.
I've always considered myself a working woman, but since I've had children, my priorities have changed. I started working full-time in 2003 at Target. After I had Haiden, my first son, in 2008, my department was generous enough to create a part-time position for me. This allowed me work three days a week and stay home the rest of the time with my baby. We were also extremely fortunate to find a wonderful home daycare provider who I can't say enough good things about. I got pregnant three months after Haiden and had Piper in 2009. While the job in finance was wonderful, I struggled quite a bit with being away from home an my babies so much.
While my husband and I were having many discussions about me staying at home full time with the babies, I struggled internally with the thought of losing the bit of independence and freedom my job provided, not to mention the paycheck! We're so fortunate that James, my husband, is an extremely hard worker who wants to support his family and wants what's best for everyone. Since leaving the job, I've also realized that my independence has not been sapped at all by staying at home, and I'm happy to have my little ones alongside me throughout the day!
While the financial change will be an adjustment, I do enjoy a challenge! We've worked out a new budget and our priorities have realigned as we're realizing what's truly important in life. After all, the best things in life aren't “things” and I'm finding that to be more and more true as I'm starting this fabulous new journey!