From Attorney to Work-at-Home Mom

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Motherhood transformed me and my career goals and empowered me to take a leap of faith.

I dreamed of attending law school and becoming a lawyer for as long as I can remember. I dreamed of making a difference in people’s lives by helping to protect them and their legal rights. To have such a dream realized is indescribable. The thing is, that was my dream — then.

Once I became a mom, everything changed. Simply put, being more present with my young kids is my dream now.

As a high school student, I was enrolled in the law program and a member of the moot-court team, helping my team ultimately advance to a championship. Even then, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. Upon graduating law school, I was proud to work as a prosecutor and later as an immigration attorney.

I always imagined myself as a career attorney, juggling all aspects of my personal and professional lives with ease. Once I became a mom, however, I realized it is much more difficult than I had imagined.

In my position as an attorney, I commuted three hours round trip, so I was away from my kids for about 11 hours every day. I kept feeling as though I was living a separate life from them while at work, being updated on their well-being via text or phone calls. There were days I cried because I missed them, no matter how accustomed to being away from them I thought I had become.

After years of hoping and wishing for a more flexible work schedule, I finally took a leap of faith. Last fall, I transitioned from my attorney career to a work-from-home career in the communications field. My desire to be a more present mom was the motivating factor behind my decision. I want to be the one with my kids and caring for them every day.

I have come to realize that working from home with my kids is challenging in its own ways — juggling mom duties while working can be stressful. It is, however, worth all the stress to be physically here for them and with them. I do not know where my career path will lead me, but for now, I am enjoying this opportunity.

Motherhood has transformed me, personally and professionally. I still have career goals and plans, but they just look a little different.

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