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I have been blessed and lucky to have been able to work part-time since 2004.  There was a very brief period that I worked full-time and that was August 2007 to December 2008 but that time period included a 5-month maternity leave.

When Kyle was born in August 2003 I knew that I wanted to go part-time when I returned to work.  I talked to my supervisor about this and she agreed.  Unfortunately while I was out on maternity leave, she moved on to another project and for a while, it looked like I might not have anything to come back to that was part-time.  

I initially thought I would be part-time for 2 years but I loved being part-time and spending the extra time with my son.  By being part-time I was able to join some local MOMS Clubs and join MOPS.  Not all moms can afford to be part-time and may not even have that option at their work so I feel very fortunate and blessed to have been able to do this for so long.

My former company is a very family friendly company and I was even promoted twice while being part-time.  Now I am embarking on a new chapter in my life on Monday.  I will be working for a new company, supporting a new client, and will be in a brand new location.  I am very excited about this new opportunity in my career but also a little sad as my days at home wind down.  I will most definitely miss my 4 days weekends and spending that extra time with my kids and hubby.

But it is necessary.  We have higher bills now and we need a newer car plus we have some home improvement that needs to be done.  All this costs money and we really can’t afford all this on a part-time salary.  However, I was able to support a family of 4 on my part-time salary for 4 years!!  But that was when we lived on the mountain and bills were lower.  The trade-off to that was my horrible commute.

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