JUMPING on a New Adventure!

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So, 2015 came and went like a bolt of lightning for me. One minute I’m welcoming 2015 and the next it’s already 2016! 2016 isn’t off to a great start for my family and I. Over half of my family contracted mononucleosis, and 2 out of the 4 of them ended up with pneumonia because of it. My poor hubby was sick for nearly 3 weeks before the doctor finally gave him the right combination of medication to kick it! No one gets sick quite like a husband. He was in bed nursing a fever when the kids (at least the couple of them that were still awake) and I rang in the New Year. Thankfully, everyone seems to be on the mend now…

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I’ve also been struggling with being JUST a stay-at-home mommy. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my job as a SAHM…and it keeps me plenty busy, but I worked from the time I was 15 years old until I was almost 29. I’ve only been home for 5 years. I still haven’t gotten used to working so hard and not getting paid. Couple that with the ever rising cost of everything, and I’m just really feeling that itch to find something I can turn into a career. I know that there’s no way I can go back to work full-time right now since my baby still has another school year before she goes to pre-k, and I know that I don’t want to do any kind of side job that requires me to get a baby-sitter (even if it’s free…I am enjoying these last couple of years at home with my last baby!). That means photography is out the window, as well as any kind of part-time job somewhere away from the house. Last year, I really contemplated making crafts to sell on Etsy, but as I started to get all of my ducks in a row, I realized it just wasn’t for me. I thought about blogging since I’ve been doing it for fun for years, but with all those famous “mommy bloggers” out there, I felt like there wasn’t a place for little ol’ me.

Recently, I came across a video on Facebook of Steve Harvey giving an encouraging speech on “jumping.” He said that no successful person gets to where they are without “jumping.” No risk, no reward. He said that everyone has a God-given talent, they just have to recognize it and use it. For the longest time I have wondered, “What is my talent?” In my opinion, I’m not really good at anything. I can decorate, cook, clean, organize, coach, teach, write and take/edit pictures decently, but I wouldn’t consider myself “talented” in those areas. I know I’m my own worst critic though, and it seems to me that if other people think I’m good at those things, then maybe I am. I might not be the best in the whole wide world, but maybe I could put one or more of those talents to good use and make a buck or two in the process.

Then a couple days ago I came across a couple different blog posts about starting up a professional blog. I started to think: this is something I would ENJOY doing AND it would keep me at home with my kids. Blogging takes time and effort and organization, so it’s definitely not easy, but it wouldn’t be near as stressful as putting some of my other talents to good use.

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So, here I am! I’m launching TheFlightofMamaPhoenix.com!

My main goals and aspirations for this blog are to inspire people by sharing my life experiences and make enough money to ease the burden of being a one income family. Being a stay-at-home mom of five and an introvert means that I spend most of my time at home. I have friends and I enjoy getting to spend time with them, but I definitely don’t make them a priority. Almost every day I go to the gym, clean my house, run my kids around, help them with their homework, help them bathe and brush their teeth, cook, clean some more, watch a little TV with my hubby, and either blog, make my meal plan or go grocery shopping. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to hang out with my friends, no matter how awesome they are. Occasionally, I’ll skip cleaning the house to take my 3 year old to a play date, and even less than occasionally I’ll go out and leave the kids with their dad or my sister, my mom or my hubby’s dad. I always enjoy these outings; I just don’t need them the way some people do. Blogging gives me a way to connect with people without actually having to leave the house while also getting in my much needed alone time. I’m sure that only really makes sense to the other introverts out there.

I hope that you read this blog and take something away from it. Maybe I can give you an idea on how to do something in your life differently and that difference makes your life more enjoyable. Maybe I help you see that you’re not alone in how you feel. Maybe I’m your complete opposite and I can give you a fresh perspective on something. Maybe you just enjoy my photography. Maybe I just give you something to read to pass the time while you’re at the doctor’s office or in the car pool line. No matter what you take away from it, I hope you will help me make it as successful as it can be by sharing it with others!

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