I wasn’t sure if this was info that was really relevant to post or not, but I figured if I am going to post about things such as my ears not popping after my flight (which, by the way, still have not popped after almost two weeks and three more flights!), then I would be remiss to not introduce you to my new boss. I’m really very fortunate to work for her as she loves aviation and travel just as much as I do, has strong opinions and a clear sense of direction, is always looking to laugh and have a good time, thinks that there should be far more vacation days than work days, and likes to take siestas in the afternoon from the hours of noon to about two. She also has a pretty lax dress code policy and likes to lay in the grass – hurray jeans!
I have mentioned before that I have a regular full-time job, in addition to this blog. For the past ten years (minus a short stint at NYU to get my graduate degree), I have worked in the field of child welfare. I have had all sorts of jobs in that field from actually conducting child abuse investigations, to developing training for new child welfare workers, but working on behalf of children who are suffering from abuse or neglect has always been a passion for me. I will forever keep a foot in that world, as it is unfortunately a world that will always need more resources, advocates, and support. However, I now want to be able to spend more time with my own kid. We’ve been working on what we called “Operation Simplification” for about a year now to get to a place where this would be financially possible.
Running this site, and participating in some of the related opportunities that have come along with it, on top of the full-time job had just gotten to a point where there simply weren’t enough hours in the day. So while I could never describe myself as a “full-time blogger” without gagging or laughing hysterically (I’m from Small Town, Texas and that just sounds about as funny as selling snow in Alaska), in terms of a “job”, Mommy Points is now my focus. It is clearly a very different sort of work than working on behalf of abused and neglected kids, but I do like to think that I am helping children and families in a (very) different capacity. However, in terms of life in general, my focus is a little bit cuter and more interactive than a website could ever be.
I am excited that this new-found freedom will allow me to work on some things for this site that I haven’t had the time to do before. I am also excited that it will free up more time to travel and explore with my kiddo… we may even get to tag along with some of Daddy’s work trips and have fun during the day while he is working. You will not catch me laying in bed eating Doritos and watching re-runs of 19 Kids and Counting (well, maybe just for one day), but you will find me writing here more, helping with my kiddo’s school Easter Egg Hunt, or flying above the clouds at 36,000 feet.
Thank you ever so much for being a part of this journey for me and my family.