Have you ever wondered how life would be if your income were cut in half? How would life be now that you have lost your financial independence after earning your own money for the past 13 years?
I am currently at that point right now. Once our baby is born, I will stay at home for at least six months, maybe even longer. In Switzerland, you’ll get paid 80% of your wage for 14 weeks until you have to return to work.
This means for 2.5 months, I will be without income for sure, and if I transition to a full-time stay-at-home mom, there will be no continuous second income.
A few months back, I had a few moments where I felt like I was giving up my hard-earned independence. I have been used to earning a livable income ever since I was 16 years old. Now “of a sudden,” I would give up that bit of freedom.
My partner and I had a lot of conversations about that topic, even though I knew “giving up” my income wouldn’t mean that I would become a dependent, useless person. I would be a stay-at-home mom working a 24/7 job looking after a child that will need to be looked after and cared after.
And this is hard work too. Deep down, I know the truth. I will not be a lazy woman doing anything and just enjoying my life while my partner has to work to earn a living.
But let me tell you, this mind game can be heavy. I moved away from home when I turned 20; I am used to doing everything on my own / with my partner. Money may be only one part of the equation, but it is essential to surviving in today’s society.
I am not the only one transitioning from the corporate world to motherhood. And that’s why I want to share my journey with you on my website. I want to connect with like-minded women and tell you that I am always open to a conversation.
I am used to doing everything on my own. However, my situation isn’t unique, so that I will write down my honest thoughts each month.
I am glad you are with me.