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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Big News and Big Changes

For the past 5 years, I’ve been working part time, first as a Talented and Gifted teacher, then at The HomeShed, then for the Iowa Turkey Federation. But this week, I started a new full-time job as social media manager for the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

Working part time definitely had its perks, especially since my boys are young (4 and 6) and my husband is very busy with the farm. But there were a lot of factors that went in to my decision to “go back to work.” The biggest reason? This job is absolutely perfect for me.

I’ve developed a passion for agriculture over the past few years, and as a blogger, I am a huge social media nerd. My new job allows me to combine both passions and do what I love everyday.

I’m three days into my new job, and I can already tell that my new schedule will be a big adjustment for my family.

But I’m also really excited for this new season in life.

Any other working-outside-the-home mommas out there? Any tips for me?


  1. Congrats on the perfect job! Freezer cooking is my source of sanity... especially when we are "in a season"... planting, harvest, soccer or softball. :) If you can afford it, get a cleaning lady. It makes your family pick up at least once a week, because that is what takes the most time and gives you a deadline.

    1. I agree with hiring a cleaning lady. I was more relaxed and able to enjoy my family when I wasn't constantly thinking about the need to spend precious time cleaning (unless you find it relaxing). My husband didn't care how the house looked - but he certainly appreciated me being less stressed about it. And I was able to enjoy evenings and weekends when I was able to focus on my family vs the house.

  2. congrats, katie! wishing you all the best!

  3. Congrats again Katie! So glad we get to work together, just on a different level now! :)

    As a mom who has an off-the-farm-job, I'd say the best advice is to try and leave work at work. I know that's not always possible, but I love leaving and heading home to my boys (and possibly my blog if there's time) for the evening without a bunch of work looming overhead. I dread having to pack up files and my laptop to "work from home", but sometimes I have too as I'm sure you will too! :)

    I also have been told numerous times that a cleaning person is a must for busy families (even 1 to 2 times a month to do the "deep cleaning things"), but I haven't got Kevin talked into that one yet!

    Another thing is meal planning. Weeks where I actually take the time to sit down and plan out meals for each evening and then get the groceries, go so much more smoothly than the days where I'm driving home with the boys at 5:30 wondering what I am going to pull out of the freezer to make. Slow cookers are great as are freezer meals!

    Good luck with the new job! ICGA is lucky to have you! I look forward to where CG will go in the future and also seeing you in the office when I'm there for ILEAD!

  4. Congratulations, Katy! Hope that your transition goes smoothly!

  5. Congratulations! Sounds like a fabulous opportunity. I worked from home during my kids' super young years and then started working primarily from the office. My only advice is to trust yourself and your decisions and remember the kids are fine!