For my birthday I got a gift card to buy some work clothes. I haven’t needed formal work clothes in years, with my mom/student lifestyle. When I put on these new clothes, I felt like I could be happy shifting my identity toward “working mom” and away from “stay-at-home mom.” I felt like I could see myself moving forward through the rest of my life never experiencing another pregnancy, or another newborn… It’s wild what a new style will do to your self-image.
In other news, my work as a contractor is going well and I’m getting enough to projects to fill my time while I wait for feedback on the final draft of my dissertation. If anyone has any tips for how I should be dealing with my finances as an independent consultant, let me know… this is a whole new can of worms for me.