From Stay-at-Home Mom to Full-Time Working Mom

Just to give you a little background, I was a teacher for eight years (grades 4th-8th) and then I made the decision to stay-at-home once my daughter was born. I tried with daycare for her when she was 5-months old until about a year old, but then we moved states from CA to IL so I just decided to stay home with her after that. I loved my time at home with my kids! We did library time, playgroups, music classes, etc. We were always busy! Staying at home is truly a full-time job! It’s one of the greatest jobs you can have!

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As the kids were getting older, I decided it was time to figure out what the next step in my life journey would be. My son will be full-time in school next year (1st grade) and my daughter in 4th grade. I will have my days available to me, but I still want to be able to be there for my kids when they get home. In the meantime, I started a “mom blog” as a fun hobby for something to do. I loved being able to write to an audience and also receive some fun products to review! My kids love getting new toys at the door from the UPS man even when it’s not a holiday! Well, as I continued blogging and learning more about how to make money from it (yes, you can make money from blogging), I decided I wanted it to be more than a hobby and more of a part-time job!

To make a long story short, I worked hard and did posts for multiple blogging companies and then found my way to a full-time position at a company I love. It’s called Collective Bias and they set-up path-to-purchase shopping missions that bloggers participate in and write about. I’ve participated in MANY of these mission shops myself and I love doing them! They are so much fun, you can involve your family, and they compensate very well. 

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I worked hard and was blessed to become a Twitter Party host with the company, a Campaign Leader, a Community Support Member, and now a full-time Community Relations Manager! It truly is my DREAM JOB! I never thought that I would be able to have a 40-hour a week job and work from home (with some travel). I absolutely LOVE IT! My job consists of many different tasks, but I love working with new members and everyone I come in contact with through this job. Recently, I just visited our home office in Bentonville, AR! It was so nice to meet everyone at Collective Bias that I had been working with remotely over Google Hangouts. The office is such a fun and cheery place! Everyone there works SUPER hard but has fun at the same time! Here are a few pics of the office below and some of my co-workers I got to see!

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I have learned this past year and a half that if you put in hard work that dreams can come true! Thank you everyone at Collective Bias for welcoming me into your family! It was so wonderful meeting everyone in the Bentonville office! I can’t wait to meet everyone else from the other offices soon! A great place to meet everyone will be at SoFab Con coming up this May 3rd-5th! We will all be coming together for a great conference of learning, getting to know each other, and of course having a BLAST! Make sure to register today! You don’t even need to be a Social Fabric member to attend.

To sum up everything, I am currently transitioning from being a stay-at-home mom for the past eight years to a full-time working mom! My kids are having a little bit of a hard time with the transition since they only know the mom that was at home. I am loving my job though! I am working hard to balance time at home with my kids and time working, but I’m getting into a nice groove! Like I said, this was a dream job and I feel so blessed! I feel like working for Collective Bias is where I belong! I love my Community Relations Team (Courtney, Kim, Mel & Brandi), and everyone else in the community! 

Kristin

Comments

  1. The times I have worked with you have been some of the best campaigns that I have worked in. I am so glad you have a job that you love!

    Dawn

  2. Congratulations! This is such a perfect meshing of the stay at home with the kids but following your dream! Way to GO!!!!

  3. Sounds wonderful! Their office looks so fun and inviting! My office consist of playdoh and Legos, but I am home lol

  4. Congrats on finding a wonderful company to work for and pursuing your dream job!!

  5. I love this story soo much! I am also thrilled to see another Mom have great success at what she has put her heart and soul into. Congrats to you and I cannot wait to meet you in May!!! :)

  6. Congrats Kristin!

  7. I’m beyond thrilled for you and you totally deserve it!

  8. Congrats Kristin! It’s been so much fun working with you and I’m so excited for you. You’re a true testament to the saying that hard work pays off! :)

  9. Congrats!!

  10. Congrats!

  11. Congrats, Kristin! You are an awesome leader!!!

  12. VERY COOL JOB!! Congrats!

  13. Congratulations!! How wonderful! Will certainly be a fun role, no doubt and for a terrific company, to boot! Very happy for you and wishing you all the best in your new role!

  14. Congrats! That sounds like a great job!

  15. Congrats! That’s so exciting! Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures!

  16. Congratulations! That is so exciting! I’m so happy for you, Kristin!

  17. I’m so happy for you Kristin:)! I love working with you and Collective Bias is definitely lucky to have you:)

  18. So much fun!! Love the little peeks into the office. I agree, as a blogger Social Fabric is a dream to work with, it is by far my favorite network and community. It has a different feel and philosophy than others. The people, including yourself, behind the scenes really care about us as individuals and how we can help get our favorite products and brands out out to more people. As a SAHM, it is a dream come true for so many of us.

  19. I’m so happy for you! Everyone deserves to spend their life doing what they want to do… what truly makes them happy. It sounds like you are right there – in that space. Of course you’ll have challenges (helping your kids transition) but as you know & are living proof of… when we work hard for our dreams, it’s not easy but it’s always worth it. Good luck! xo

  20. Congrats!!!

  21. Kelley Johnsen says:

    Congrats! It sounds like a wonderful company and so glad they support moms with a talent that can still stay home with their kids. Thank you for sharing a little more about you and this journey in your life.

  22. Congrats girl! Your story is very similar to mine. I’ll be in that same job hunting position in another year. So happy you found the perfect job with such an awesome company! :)

  23. Congrats! That is so awesome that you were able to join the Collective Bias team full-time! I love the community and being a part as a blogger. I can’t wait to meet the entire group at SoFabCon.

  24. Annette McCormick says:

    Awwwww!!!! We are so happy to be working with us full time!!! You have worked so hard and continue to impress me with all that you do!! Big CONGRATS and can’t wait for you to visit Bentonville again!!!! Miss you already Kristin!!! =)

  25. I am currently doing my dream job of being home with my kids and blogging! I am not sure what I will do when my youngest starts school full time, but like you I will be home when he gets home as well as be here for all the school breaks. Hopefully I will find something to work from home as well. Congratulations of making it work, you are such a great mom!

  26. Congrats! Transitions in life are always difficult at first, but like everything it works out. I have no doubt you will do awesome!

  27. Congratulations and thanks for giving us an inside peek :)

  28. Congratulations! That is an amazing opportunity for you. Way to go.

  29. Congrats on finding your dream job! That’s really great. Good luck with the transition.

  30. Congratulations on your dream job.

  31. Oh my gosh, how exciting! Social Fabric has truly changed my life. Congrats!!

  32. This is amazing! Congrats I am very happy for you, that is such a wonderful blessing to be able to do something you love and enjoy :)

  33. Congrats to you doing what you love and I wish you all the best!

  34. We love you too, Kristin! So glad you’re on our team; I can’t imagine it any other way!

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