Why I love my family...
...and how I ended up with a
Family Reunion website
My name is Lydia.
As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a mom.
Remember when you were in grade school and the teacher asked you to draw a picture of what you wanted to be when you grew up? Well, every time I got that assignment, my drawing was always the same. I wanted to be a MOM in a family of my own. Santa Claus brought me a new doll each Christmas and playing house was always my game of choice.
Can you imagine my devastation when, years later, my husband and I were unable to get pregnant?
This trial took some working through but with time, divine intervention, and the process of adoption, we found our two boys. I absolutely love being my kids' mom and the joys of motherhood so far have exceeded my expectations.
And, with the help of this website, I get to be a stay-at-home mom to my boys. I am so, so blessed. We are thankful every single day to be a family.
Dealing with exhaustion
Along with the joys of motherhood, the challenges of parenthood have also exceeded my expectations - exhaustion and funding being at the top of the list. (And to think we only have two children! I applaud mothers of many. And single moms? They get a standing ovation.)
In the fall of 2007, after being on-call as a mom 24/7 for over 8 years, I suddenly found myself mentally and emotionally depleted. Completely. It's not a position I ever expected myself to be in but I had absolutely nothing left to give. Nothing left for me or for my family.
Money was also tight. The grocery budget can only stretch so far and I constantly felt guilty about spending money on myself. Since the kids were both in school that fall, we considered me getting a part-time job.
But, seriously? Who wants to be tied to a "real" job with a schedule, office and boss? Not me. Especially not me when life was so… heavy and when I was so emotionally exhausted.
So, instead of going to work for money, I decided to go to work on getting healthy, in spite of our family finances. We decided to give me a few months to do whatever and then we'd re-evaluate.
It was time to DO something. I missed my pre-children career, wanted to exercise my brain but didn't feel up to an educational class... What to do, what to do?
I decided to build a website.
And what an amazing journey it's been! When I realized that I could combine my passion for family, interest in communication and experience in event planning to create something that would be truly helpful to other people, I felt renewed and energized.
Suddenly, I was learning and growing and enjoying the satisfaction of sharing something that I’m good at. Wow! I had found a creative outlet and my spirit began to heal.
It felt good - and that was enough.
My website started making money!
Thanks to Site Build It! (SBI! for short), Family-Reunion-Success.com went live in June of 2008 and we decided that we'd give this internet business thing a year. If I wasn't making money by that time, the party would be over - I would need to get a "real" part time job to supplement our income.
But guess what? The internet business thing WORKED. After 8 months of following SBI!'s Action Guide, the first dollars started trickling in. (Some people make money much faster than that. But you have to remember - I was in it for the personal therapy first, money second.)
Since then, the visitors and money just keep coming. These days, I maintain my site in between volunteering at the school, exercising at the gym and cooking dinner for the family (well, if they're lucky!!). I can't tell you how refreshing it is to have my own business helping people connect with the most important people in their lives - family - while at the same time helping the most important people in my life - family.
The money I make from my online business is our family's play money. It pays for things like vacations and travel, soccer and piano lessons, make up and new clothes, and pizza every Friday night. My income is not the equivalent of a full time job, but it's enough to fill in the gaps.This website keeps me where I want to be -
at home with my kids.
And THAT really is enough.
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