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I’m just a stay at home mom….

Jennifer McDowell

How easy is it to use this phrase, “I’m just a stay at home mom”? It didn’t happen over night. It was a slow process and I’m not sure when it happened. I just started saying it and then I started feeling it and believing it. Let me preface…I LOVE being a mom. I love being with my kids all day everyday…well most of the time.

My kids and my husband are my heartbeat and a big part of everything I do, but I am more than JUST a stay at home mom. Before I became a mom, I was a teacher. I have a master’s degree in education and I loved being an educator. I was the kind of teacher you see on TV…no really! I had the cute classroom and I always fell in love with my class…I cried on the last day of school every year. Being a successful teacher was a big piece of my identity. I received tons of accolades, honors, and awards. I was proud of the work I was doing and the difference I was making in children’s lives. Those years will always be a special chapter in my life story.

It wasn’t until leaving my teaching career to stay home with kids I realized how much I missed feeling like I contributed to the world. It’s hard to feel relevant and important when you are changing diapers, washing endless piles of laundry and dishes, with little reason to change out of yoga pants most days.

I started losing myself. I started feeling less and insignificant. I started telling people, “I’m just a stay at home mom.” I lost my confidence. I was so torn… Do I go back to work? Do I suck it up and push those feeling down deep? Can I even do anything else? Who would hire me…I have three kids at home? How could I even afford childcare? Do I want to put my kids in childcare? The internal struggle was real! Then out of nowhere an opportunity appeared in my life. I could work from home with all the flexibility in the world. I could work whenever I wanted and where ever I wanted. It sounded too good to be true and I sure wasn’t interested in one of those “pyramid schemes!” I tried to say no…but…God!

I joined my company before I even knew what I was signing up for. I am NOT a risk taker, but I jumped in feet first and I am so thankful I took that leap. My sweet husband looked at me like I was nuts when I told him I joined a multi-level marketing business. He just loved me and said he would support whatever I wanted to do. Y’all…I have a good man. Now one year later, I am in the second from the top position in my company inches away from that top spot!! I even replaced my teaching salary. Not bad…for “just a stay at home mom,” right?! But…..I didn’t get here on my own. I owe so much gratitude to the amazing women and men who have poured into my life as I navigate this new business adventure. Many of those women are in The CONNECT Network. I will forever be grateful for the love and support this group has given me.

I still have a lot to learn (yay for CONNECT Masterminds). I am slowly getting my confidence back, but I am a better woman, wife, and mom because I got out of my comfort zone and realized I am more than “just a stay at home mom.”

Jennifer McDowell

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