By Katherine Cornick, Marketing Coordinator
It’s January – and not just any day in January, but the part of the month where no one is really sure what day it is or whether you’re still alive after all the chaos. Congratulations, you’ve just made it through the holidays AND your Great-Aunt Martha's mystery jell-o salad. Now you’re faced with freezing temperatures and New Year’s resolutions instead of all the fun of presents and family outbursts. You realize that the stress of planning and prepping was well worth every plate of food and every gift that was given, and in fact, you kind of miss it.
There are plenty of factors to consider when faced with the decision to work outside the home as a parent. It's a privilege to stay home for some and it's a necessity for others. The same goes for the decision to return to the work force. For me, it was nice to have the opportunity to earn money, associate with adults regularly, and brush the dust off my skills. However, financial restraints pushed me out the door a little bit sooner than I was ready for. I still needed a little support in the beginning to successfully make the change.
"In 1986, I joined the US Navy right out of high school. Growing up poor, with little or no chance at attending a college or university, I walked into the US Navy Recruiting Station in Bend, Oregon and signed up. I recall feeling several emotions that day. Excitement predominated the gamut, but there was a distinct amount of fear at becoming a Navy Sailor."