I am starting my own Home Day Care!
The decision was easy! It was actually a no brainer! It's what I want to be, it's what I want to do and it's who I want to work with! I gave the nanny thing a go and I think I did a bloody good job! It gave me priceless skills that I would never be able to learn or gain in any other job. It taught me how to be a mother. I can now take these skills with me and know that I will be a more skillful, knowledgeable and experienced day care mum. I have now been on both sides of the line. I have worked in childcare for 6 years and been on the 'parenting' side for 4 years. I know how both sides work and I know this will give me that extra edge in my new job.
This plan has been building for a year. A year ago I wrote about packing away my dream for a different time. Well the time is finally here. My time has come to start a new chapter...a new journey. I am so full of emotion that I really do not know what to think. I am anxious, nervous and scared yet I am so excited I nearly cry every time I think about it. OK who am I kidding, a few tears creep up at the very thought. I always wished I could have this job. While working as a nanny I truly realised what was important in my own life. My gratitude for my husband, our home, our family and our friends grew enormously and I was reminded on a daily basis how truly lucky I was. The very thought of being able to work from home and work for myself has bought me so much relief and joy. I am so excited to wake up and not have to fight 2 hours of city traffic. I am so excited to be at home at 5.00pm every day. I am so excited to eat dinner earlier than 8.00pm. I am excited to take my dogs for a walk and watch the sun set. I am excited to make dinner plans with friends that I will never have to cancel because of 'working late'. It's the little things that many people take for granted that I am looking forward to the most. Working from home is a given bonus but it's the before and after work that I am most excited about.
I am not naive! This job is going to be hard...bloody hard. It is going to take a lot of hard work, dedication, careful and precise planning and 100% commitment. I am telling each and every one of you that I am ready! Both friends and family have voiced their concerns. Worried that it will be too hard and I won't be able to cope. Please don't worry about me! I will be fine! I am ready! I promise you that I would not be doing this if I wasn't 100% confident. I'm not a risk taker. I don't take chances. So I would never open or take on this very important role if I wasn't confident in myself. I know I can do this. This is who I am. This is my passion. I am opening up my home and my heart for these children and I know that I am ready.
A new group of children are about to change my life forever and I know that I will be the very best carer for them. I will love, protect, guide, teach and care for each of them and provide a safe and happy place for them to be, outside of their family home. I am so excited for this new adventure. I have worked hard, and will continue to work hard, to ensure this home day care is a complete success.
This is it now. It's all up to me. I'm letting go of the past and embracing my new career with open arms and an open heart.
The future is bright and I am excited!
x S.K.K x