Assigning dollar values to my emotional wealth

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For many, many years I was blessed to have a position in the professional world that provided me with many rich experiences. I enjoyed first class flights, sitting in VIP tents at golf tournaments and private suites at sporting events, exploring cities I hadn’t yet been to, eating at fantastic restaurants, and pulling all nighters preparing for new business pitches. I’m not going to lie, it was really fun.

But here I sit…14 months into being a stay-at-home mom. Boy, my world has changed. I’ve traded tailored slacks for my husband’s pajama pants and don’t have a single regret.

I hear a lot of moms say “You just can’t put a price on the joys of motherhood” to which I say “Ummmm. Sure I can!” I used to somewhat frivolously spend money on lattes, pedis, clothes & yummy team lunches. And it’s funny how those things have been replaced by things far more valuable than I ever imagined.

I know someday I will have to go back to work again (Uggggggh!). For now though it is obvious to me after adding this all up that I am an emotional MILLIONAIRE!

Then: Starbucks morning lattes and scones
Now: Snuggling in bed every morning with my baby while she has her morning bottle – $275,320

Then: Lunches with co-workers
Now: Cutting sandwiches into tiny circles, squares and triangles and arranging tater tots into the letter “R” – $14,205

Then: Night out at happy hour with the girls
Now: Dancing around the living room with a toddler to “I’ve Got a Dream” from the movie Tangled – $52,975

Then: Mani/Pedis whenever the heck I felt like it, usually every other weekend
Now: Being the first one to hug my husband every night when he walks through the door – $97,200

Then: Dropping my sick child off at daycare when she is technically better but still not feeling 100%
Now: Resting, snuggling, watching movies, taking warm baths, eating good food and taking time to get better while being comforted by mommy and daddy every moment she is feeling yucky – $430,268

Then: Dry Cleaning everything I was too lazy to wash
Now: Wearing a daily uniform of pajama pants and t-shirts so I can use them to wipe something disgusting off my children if I need to and I’m comfortable enough to get on the floor and play airplane – $17,250

Then: Benihana once a week
Now: The joy I feel when I make a meal from scratch and my husband likes it so much he goes back for seconds – $15,590

Then: Drinking a glass of wine and watching the sunset with colleagues at the AT&T at Pebble Beach
Now: Not missing my daughter’s school music performance this year – $125,400

Then: New Years Eve on a rooftop in Vegas
Now: Counting down with my family and kissing my husband and kids at midnight under blazing fireworks in our suburban neighborhood – $25,678

So, what have YOU changed in your life and how is it contributing to YOUR emotional wealth?

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9 responses »

  1. I am still working, but i have traded a clean house for a completely unorganized and messy one! but my floors that are covered in toys and stuffed animals are also covered in laughter and joy, so that makes it priceless! šŸ™‚ Great post!

  2. I hear you! I’m not lucky to get to be a stay at home mom, but I have the next best thing. I’m a school social worker. No nights, weekends, holidays or summers. Off at 3:30 everyday. I get to be off whenever they are off and I get a boss who understands about being their for your kid’s activities.

  3. I just started writing from home instead of going back to work as a PT full time, and the considerations you mentioned were a big part of that decision. Feeling rich in your heart, soul and family is such a gift! Glad you found it, too! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I just discovered your blog. Also a former marketing professional-turned-stay at home mom, I can really relate to this. The best feeling in the world is getting a hug in the sunshine from one kid while the other one runs around laughing at 3:00 in the afternoon on a weekday. It beats a status meeting every time.

    • Oh, the dreaded status meetings. Ha! You are so right. Thank goodness for these entertaining little people, I don’t miss the marketing world as much as I used to. Thx so much for reading and commenting. I look forward to following wanderlynn too.

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