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From A Corporate Junkie To A Work-At-Home Momma

You probably have heard about motherhood stories where momma quits work and leaves her career to be able to take care of the family even better. Or because they are having a hard time finding a decent and kind house helper. Or just because, mothering is more fulfilling and worth spending time for.

My story is actually one of those, especially the third point! Motherhood is probably my greatest calling. πŸ˜‰

I am called to be a mother.

On the yaya-less part, yes. Somehow. I have always been exhausted by the time I got pregnant. I cannot remember the last time I had a nice, comfortable sleep. Though I really don’t intend on getting a house helper in the first place (because of some traumatic experience I’ve had when I was still a child), still I did quit my corporate job just last May 2016. It was indeed, a leap of faith. The Lord knows how I fought hard to be in the career path that I was taking, only to realize that it wasn’t what’s really meant for me.

Believe me, the decision-making process wasn’t just overnight! It was a veeeeeery long process of weighing down the things I need to consider before I quit my (somehow) stable corporate work. It was a risky move! It was a huge, drastic change in my life.

Initially, my plan was to find work online so I could still earn and contribute to the family’s household expenses. Though I know that finding a virtual work wouldn’t be that easy, I also know that it is possible! πŸ™‚ I would admit that the first 2 weeks of being a SAHM was actually depressing. The anxiety, the worries of not being able to find a job is overwhelming. I even consulted other SAHMs (oh thank God for online support groups!) on how to cope with the mommy blues. Thank God (again!), I have managed it somehow.

Two weeks of building my portfolio, my resume’s blog and sending out applications in UpWork, and other online jobs platform… Finally, I have landed my first work as a virtual professional! I am now officially a WAHM and a Mompreneur! Yay! And to tell you honestly, the pay is not as enticing as how much I was earning in the IT world before. But it is decent enough for our small family to be able to eat 3x a day, to pay the bills, the mortgage and save some little money for our investments.

Live simply. So you’ll be happy.

Yes, I left that high paying job to be able to embrace my family even more. To chase my dreams and to be a virtual professional. And it’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in life by far. This is just the start. Surely, there will be hindrances and struggles along the way, but if I just keep the faith burning and maintain a positive mindset, I know I am on the right track.

The good Lord has been very kind to me for blessing me with an online opportunity to earn for my family. He has given me a jumpstart into building my virtual career. Thank You, Lord! My family will forever be grateful! πŸ™‚

How about you, dear reader? Are you a work-at-home professional? I am still in the process of adjusting to this new lifestyle. What are the tips can you give to me?

And if you are still in the corporate but already thinking of working from home, what’s holding you from doing so?

I will write the things that pushed me through the decision of becoming a WAHM and Mompreneur in another post, soon! πŸ™‚


  1. I’m a full time mom, I tried working online before but I stopped. It is hard for me to manage chores, work and my son. I don’t like to hire helper or yaya kasi, may bad experience na rin ko dati. Kudos to WAHM who can manage their time. πŸ™‚

    1. That’s okay. At least hindi hati ang attention mo for your son. πŸ™‚ If I can be a full-time mom as well, then I would do so.

  2. I am also a WAHM, and yes medyo mahirap sya nung mga una pero pag nasanay na, okay na! πŸ™‚ It’s also nice that I’m living with my in-laws bec they’re the ones looking after my little one if I had to work na. I’m a mompreneur also, and sadly medyo napapabayaan ko na yun business ko :(. But your post reminded me about it, and I will be back on it! Yey! Keep the positivity! πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, it’s a big help for me as well na nasa kabilang building lang ang in-laws ko. They keep my son busy when I am busy rin with work. πŸ™‚

  3. Congratulations! I too am a stay at home mom and though i would always tell myself to find a job online, i would end up telling myself that same plan the next day. I should really apply and yes, start with my resume. The plates to be washed, floor to be swept and food to be cooked will always be there. I should really find time. You inspire me. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Momi Berlin! I wish you soon find a virtual work as well. You should join facebook groups for the WAHMs πŸ™‚

  4. I am still stuck in the corporate jungle. It is going to be hard leap especially since my job does pay well. Work is a lot of pressure though and most of the time I just wish I am a SAHM taking care of my family. It was tough especially when my kids were younger, they are now 7 and 12 and can very well do things on their own but sometimes I think they would have been they best if I was present 24-7.

    1. It’s just really hard to leave a corporate work specially if your family also benefits from your work (like HMO cards and reimbursements). As for me, my son’s still less than 2 years old and I just wanted to be present beside him, most of the time. Good for you, your kids are now somehow independent. You can continue doing the things you love already, like blogging! πŸ™‚

  5. God bless you on this new journey! I’ve been a WAHM since 2012 (wow, 4 years!), and I should tell you upfront that while it’s very fulfilling, it’s also very demanding. It takes effort and patience and a lot of time management skills haha. I’m sure you can do it!

    1. Thank you! Wow, 4 years! You are one of the reasons I got inspired in taking this path. You, WAHMs are a living proof that I can thrive on this journey as well. πŸ™‚

  6. Maybe you can start a small business? πŸ™‚

    1. I plan on doing so. Within this year, maybe. πŸ™‚

  7. den

    I’m still a working mom but I did just recently transfer to a nearer office. I thought about being a WAHM before and even tried it during my matetnity leave. Unfortunately though I think I flourish more in the corporate environment and thrive on having relationships outside home. I realized that both Bunny and I will benefit from me working because I am a happier mom for her. πŸ™‚

    1. Good for you! If only my office location is also near in our home, and that I would’t have to endure 2-3 hours of traffic (one-way), I would’ve had 2nd thoughts on quitting the corporate world.

  8. Lady Anne Louise Barrun

    I’m a working mom and luckily I have my mom taking care for my son. There are so many times I wanted to leave my corporate job but our family needs my job. Goodluck on your new chapter as WAHM.

    1. I hope someday you will be able to pursue on being a WAHM as well. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  9. Congratulations on your new career! I left the corporate world of call centers since 2012 and been a WAHM for 2 years now. There are pros and cons, but to spend more time with our children tops all the cons! πŸ™‚

    1. I agree with you! Knowing that my son is just within reach all the time makes me happy and inspired to work. πŸ™‚

  10. Janice

    Congratulations on taking the leap! πŸ™‚ It’s definitely not going to be a walk in the park but hopefully, like me, you’ll find it fulfilling and rewarding. I’ve been a WAHM for about 4 years now and it was the best decision I’ve ever made for my family. πŸ™‚

    1. Wow! 4 years already! πŸ™‚ Yes, so far I am enjoying this kind of setup. Being able to directly breastfeed my son and play with him anytime I want. Not having to be stuck in the traffic. I thing working-at-home really works for Mommas like us, right? Keep up an awesome work, Mommy Janice! πŸ™‚

  11. Cheers to you! I’m a full time mom and have blogging on the side to keep my sanity. I can’t seem to find the time for everything already with this setup so I think I’d have to postpone the WAHM thing until the kids are a bit older.

    1. I wish I could do that also. I wanted to focus more on parenting and on blogging, but our finances wouldn’t allow me to do just that. For now. Maybe in the near future. πŸ™‚

  12. I’ve been a WAHM for 7 years, but I took a leave of absence from work because it’s hard to do everything without a helper. I hope to find another online job soon to help again with the family expenses. Good luck on your WAHM journey!

  13. Yes, I left that high paying job to be able to embrace my family even more. To chase my dreams and to be a virtual professional. <—- THIS.. I left my corporate job almost a year ago and I can relate. Im both a WAHM AND a single parent so the struggle is real.

  14. Congrats sissy! I hope to do that soonest! I am hoping to stop work and work at home soon! More sideline nalang lalot may studyante kmi

  15. Hi, Mitch. Your writing reminds me so much of Jojo Moyes’ “Me Before You” and her character, Louisa Clark, in a good way, especially the online support group part hehe anyhow, good luck with the new, much more fun endeavor of working at home. Bookmarking this blog for future references *wink *wink hahaha!!! Keep i up! πŸ™‚

    1. Bane!!! Thank you! Kinilig naman ako na napa-bisita ka. Hihi anyway, di ko pa nababasa yang Me Before You. I will, if time permits! Haha πŸ™‚ I miss you!

  16. Same here! I can relate with you because I am a WAHM too. I resigned when I gave birth to my eldest, which was 8 years ago.

  17. Congrats! I’m still a full time working mum. Actually, I keep on saying I don’t want to work anymore pero I know in my heart na hindi ko sya matitiis. I love my job. So I guess I just have to make do of what I currently have. Which is work full time and spend as much time with my daughter as possible.

  18. Roselle CT

    I quit the corporate in 2007 and has been working from home online since then. It was challenging at first but I really prefer this compared to my 9-6 job. No waking up early or traffic to worry about.

  19. Leap of faith. I like that. Someone once told me, “Leap and the net will catch you.” Of course that is easier said than done. Taking a leap of faith, such as in your case, has one root, that there is enough finance available prior to quitting the corporate world.

    Leap of faith can be scary, and being scared is a good thing. Scary stops people from making foolish decisions, on the other hand, unchecked, scary stops people from doing something else with potentially better results. But careful planning prior to taking a leap of faith can remove the scary as I had previously written:

    I hope other readers would find your post not only refreshing but a source of inspiration, so that they too, could take a leap of faith and do what is best for their child/children.

  20. WAHM here! Been working online since 2012. Maybe the tip I can give you is try to avoid distractions when working. Have a little space or room for work. πŸ™‚ Because you know, our kids are the cutest distractions at work! lol! You can do it! Welcome to the WAHM world!

  21. walkwithmisspiggy

    Corporate world has been my life from the past 8 years. I’m not planning to settle down yet and have a family of my own but I am planning to leave it after I graduate from school. I am planning to teach, think I have a calling for that. I just bother to ignore it before

  22. Elle Mystique

    Leaving the corporate world to be a full time mom is very risky and I admire mothers like you who would do such, for their children’s welfare. I am not a mom yet, but I’ve tried home-based jobs before because truth be told, nakakatamad naman talaga magtrabaho. Nakakapagod, nakaka-stress. Someday probably, i’ll be a WAHM and a mompreneur too. I just hope na mabait at matino ang employer na makita ko because my first home-based experience was somehow traumatic. God bless you and your family, momma Michelle! πŸ™‚

  23. I work at home as an online writer. My work has paid off my entire law school journey but I couldn’t have done it without my friends and the people who supported me. Although I had other jobs aside from online writing such as legal researcher, and modelling, the support I receive from the people around me is what helped me endure it all. Indeed, pay from online work may be meager compared to corporate ones but, I guess, the tip I can give you is surround yourself with supportive people ?

    xoxo, Mirriam ||

  24. This is a very brave and selfless move. I salute all mothers who are doing everything for their family and even sacrifice what we have for their family. You’re a truly a director of operations. And your lucky to find an online job to atleast support your family.

  25. Looks like I’ll be tuning in to your blog a lot. I’m a WAHD. But I still do shoot weddings and events. I’d like to hear what job you got into as a virtual professional and how did you build your portfolio? I know blogs are important as a portfolio but never really tried looking for work at Upwork using a blog as a portfolio.

    Anyway, re: Leap of Faith. Yeah, I totally agree with you that sometimes, that’s all it takes. God takes care of the rest. Right now, I’m in the same situation where we’re just completely relying on God’s goodness.

  26. Zwitsy

    I know someone who works at home and takes good care of her babies! In fact, she is raising her kids singlehandedly and I can say how amazing moms can be most especially single moms. Indeed, nothing is more fulfilling than to be with our family 24/7!

  27. I really admire moms who do this! Super naiinggit talaga ko. But my family is growing and I can’t stop working.

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