What Career? I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom!
By Ana Sevilla Makimkim, mom of two, an advertising graduate, and a registered nurse. She’s also a chef and a teacher to her family.
Never have I thought of becoming a stay-at-home mom. In college, I dreamt of having a flourishing career. I graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts then began working in Advertising for 3 years.
I had a chance to travel to the U.S. which became a turning point in my life. My sister and I both applied for working visas and results came out on the day of our departure. She got approved. I got denied. I went back home to the Philippines, alone, both happy and sad at the same time.
I was in limbo, I didn’t know what to do. I still had the dream of making it in the corporate world. But I also wanted to go back to the U.S. In the end I went to pursue another career – in nursing.
I was in my 2nd year of nursing school, when I found out that I was pregnant. My fiance and I decided to get married. I took a leave from school to give birth to my daughter.
I went on to finish my Nursing Degree. I graduated and passed the board exam. I reviewed for the State of Minnesota Nursing Licensure Exam and I also passed. I am a Registered Nurse, both here in the Philippines and in the U.S. Everything was ready. I could now leave the country.
But I couldn’t leave my family. I decided to stay. My son also came along. My husband and I talked it over and we decided that I would become a stay-at-home mom.
I had mixed emotions of being a stay-at-home. There were good days and there were bad. Sometimes I got really sad because I was not able to practice my profession and I don’t have a career. But I realized I have one.
As a stay-at-home mom, I get to wear numerous hats.
I am a manager. I manage our household. I make sure that everything in the house is running smoothly, from cleaning, cooking to taking care of the kids.
I am a chef. I love to cook. I go to the market, I plan and prepare meals for my family. I make snacks for my children, at home and at school.
I am a teacher. I teach them the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors. I teach them about God and how to pray. I teach them about life.
I am a nurse. I manage the health of my family. When they get sick I am with them round the clock, giving them medicines and lots of love.
I am a wife. I am a playmate. I am a dancer. I am a singer. I am a storyteller. I am a stylist. I am a counselor. The list goes on.
I may not have what others may call a “career” and I may not have all the money in the world. But I am a mother. To the eyes of my children, I am someone important. I can still make a difference, in their lives and through them, in the world.
In between taking care of her children and husband and running the household, Ana also writes. She has two blogs, email@example.com where this article first appeared and firstname.lastname@example.org.