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Have you ever had to reinvent yourself after being a stay at home mom to find a job?  How did you do it?

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      Oceangirl40 wrote May 18, 2009
    • I don’t have an answer but would love to hear what others have to say, I am trying to do the same.  I am seriously considering getting inrolled in college this fall.




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      Dawnhamblin wrote May 18, 2009
    • I like this question too!  I will be checking back to see what kind of advise you get!  Thanks for asking it!




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      Barbara Http://www.wetutor.com/profiles/156 wrote May 18, 2009
    • Hey
      When my kids were little, I worked abroad for the AP (Associated Press) then I became a teacher. Now I am looking for work related to teaching, it is so hard to find anything...




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      Tamra wrote May 18, 2009
    • Am interested in comments, here, too.  I’ll be doing the same in a few years, and worry I won’t be marketable by then.  Was also thinking about maybe getting additional education, but not sure it would matter in my field.  It also concerns me that I may be lose my chance to work again due to age discrimination isses.




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      Deb Darby wrote May 18, 2009
    • Yes, several times, and in reverse as well. I was in word processing before my first child was born. After that, so I could stay home with him, I sold Avon, pushing him in his stroller until he got too “busy” around 15 months. I applied with a temporary agency when he was about 18 mos. and since my husband worked odd shifts. Later, I had to be willing to clean houses, then I sold Home Interiors and Gifts for 7 years while he and little sister were in school and until my 3rd came along. After that, I went back to clerical work part-time, and then full-time. Whatever it took that I could do to help pay the bills is what I did.




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      Coachmombabe wrote May 18, 2009
    • Avalon, I don’t believe you have to reinvent yourself. But you may need to go “mining” to rediscover you. What an adventurous time for you! What have you always dreamed of doing? What are the things that used to bring deep joy to you? What kinds of activities could you lose yourself in? Do you have a divine discontent?  

      I was a stay-at-home-school-youth-worker-mom. Six years ago I received my training as a life coach, and for the last 5 years have been the Director of a Pregnancy Center, to which we added a home for young women with children in need of life transformation. At some point in time, I had to answer all of the above questions, and this is the journey it led me on. No reinvention necessary, just rediscovery!




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      Carine Nadel wrote May 18, 2009
    • I’ve definitely “re-invented” myself.  I wanted and studied to be a journalist.  Once the kids came-I honed in on being a sahm.  I started working in their pre-schools, became a teacher of several different age groups, then morphed into owning a pre-school and day care.  Once they graduated high school, I slowly began writing again-selling designer plumbing at the same time!

      Now, I’m writing-I need another “day job“, but in this economy-I can’t even get in the door for an interview.

      but I’m writing a lot.




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      Victoria FittsMilgrim wrote May 18, 2009
    • I’m brand new to this fabulous site and excited by your question! I am a True Life Coach and my expertise is in Transitions.  I also have an only daughter who will be a high school senior next year, so I’m at the edge of her getting ready to fly the coop.  The good news as I see it is that I’ve reinvented myself 4 times in my life (20, 30, 37 and 45), as these times correlated to life changes that propelled me into new times.  What’s key is to know yourself, discover what you truly value and what brings you joy.  Anything that you reinvent should be built on this foundation of passion and purpose.  Do you know what your Life Purpose is?  What brings you alive and joy?  There are many questions you can ask yourself to begin to discover where your life is calling you to go. Spend some quiet time with yourself, preferably in nature, and ask the question... then listen to your heart and the world around you.  Your answers within will be mirrored back to you. The other big thing is to celebrate the commitment and dedication you’ve given to your kids and list all the amazing qualities you have that being a mom takes.  Start to see yourself full of value and others will too.  If you want more ideas, contact me via my profile.  Whatever you decide, keep reaching out for support.  Surround yourself with people who believe in you; who bring you to life!




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