Disclaimer: I received no compensation or gifts for sharing this post about Traveling Vineyard. I think it’s an amazing opportunity for stay at home moms – and wine lovers in general – and wanted to share it with you!
I know that I’m extremely lucky to be able to work from home and that I love what I do. Being a stay at home mom, you can sometimes feel like you aren’t contributing financially, even though your job is a 24/7 job that never ends. So when my blogging friend and fellow wine lover Kirby reached out to me and told me about Traveling Vineyard, I was excited to learn more about it. And when I did, I was excited to be able to share the opportunity with you too! If you are a stay at home mom or wine lover, you won’t want to miss this guest post. I haven’t had a guest post in forever, but thought Kirby’s story was definitely worth sharing. Enjoy!
The Traveling Vineyard:
The Mommy Balancing Act
Being a mom is hard work. There’s no clocking in and out, and it doesn’t matter if you have one child or more kids than fingers – chances are, you’re exhausted.
In order to maintain your sanity, you must have some semblance of balance, and every website out there wants to tell you how to get it: five ways to be a better mother, three things parents of geniuses do every morning, how green tea will raise your kid’s IQ by 50 points.
Let’s be honest, though. Life isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal, and motherhood most certainly doesn’t have an instruction book. Every woman has to find her own path to her own sense of balance. We can learn a lot from each other as we search for our paths.
Kirby Maragulia, happily married mother-of-two, found her version of balance. But, as with most things worth doing, it took facing her fears and some major life decisions to get there.
She had a decent corporate career when she and her husband decided to start their family (easier said then done). When, after two years, Kirby finally became pregnant, she found her priorities had changed. “It was something I never thought was going to happen. When I had my daughter, all I wanted to do was stay home with her.”
So she did.
Kirby has never regretted that decision, but the need for some kind of balance became urgent after her second child, AJ, was born. Kirby was in serious need of some “me time” but was also starting to feel the pressure of being a single-income family. She was already trying to wear both the “full-time mommy” hat and her “full-time Kirby” hat. Adding a “gainfully employed” hat on top of it seemed impossible.
But Kirby took a deep breath and plunged in, unwilling to allow fear of the unknown to keep her in the status quo. And in the end, Kirby achieved her balance by managing to combine two of the hats. She found both a career and a chance to do something for herself when she started working from home as a Wine Guide for Traveling Vineyard, a direct wine seller.
She still got to be a mommy by day while becoming a successful Guide for in-home wine tastings by night. Not only did she have the satisfaction of contributing to the family budget, she was also having a lot of fun in the process.
Despite the elegance of the solution, this was a big change, and it took some getting used to. Kirby was still splitting her time between her kids, her husband, and her professional growth. Even working from home, “it was hard at first to try to find that balance, especially because kids need you all the time.”
Still, one of the advantages of being her own boss was the flexibility to set her schedule on her own terms and according to her own needs. Kirby soon discovered the balance she needed just started to creep in.
She still feels the guilt that she’s not doing enough, especially when she tries to get work done when her son is asking her to play. “As a mom, it’s always in your head. Am I doing enough? Am I teaching them enough? I shouldn’t guilt myself, but I think it’s just something that we do.”
Now, though, she’s thankful that she can witness major milestones she may have missed if her kids were in daycare. When her daughter first crawled, Kirby was there. When her son said his first word, she was there. “I have not missed a single moment of my kids’ lives and that is the best part.”
This is not to say that working from home is a universal solution for juggling the many needs a mom has to fulfill. It isn’t for everyone. But there is still wisdom to be found in Kirby’s example. No matter your path, Kirby recommends that you “do whatever you can to find the balance.” Push aside your fear, decide you won’t regret your decisions, and it’ll make finding your own balance that much easier.
Kirby’s story was written by Amanda Russell for Traveling Vineyard. I’m seriously considering becoming a Wine Guide so that I can introduce new wines and share wine knowledge with family and friends. Not to mention it would be a fun way to earn some extra money!
What about you? Would you be interested in becoming a wine guide for Traveling Vineyard? Make sure to visit their website (don’t miss their wine pairings!) and follow Traveling Vineyard on Facebook. It may not be the right time for you now, but you never know what the future may bring!