And often this is what holds the women back, a little bit of a fear of being ostracized. I can totally relate. I myself left a job to be at home. This is what I did:
I was sneaky. I knew it was really no one's business what I did when I left my workplace. I wanted privacy.
So I did not tell my colleagues what my true plans were. I got questions saying, "Oh, where are you going to work?" I simply said that I got a better offer somewhere else. And if they pressed me for information I would say I didn't want to say anything else.
I never told my old coworkers what I planned to do. I knew they wouldn't understand or would simply make me a subject of work gossip for a day or two. I just couldn't wait to leave the office for the last time. And when I did, the rush of freedom swept over me. I will never forget that day.
Now most of you would think it would still be difficult to become a housewife with no one knowing because of social media. That is another thing. I left my social media profiles up about two weeks after I left the job, including LinkedIn and Facebook. I didn't post any updates. Then I completely deleted the profiles. This way I didn't have to update anyone on anything. I didn't have to deal with anyone prying into my new life -- through me or a link from anyone else's profile who knows me.
I fell off the face of the earth. It was the best thing I ever did. That sounds funny, doesn't it? But I am a little bit of a loner, so you can see the appeal in the lifestyle change for me.
|If you like solitude, being a housewife should suit you.|
I do not like social media personally. I feel like it is just a platform for having to keep yourself "on" and accessible at all times.
The people I stayed in contact with afterwards are people who I gave my phone number to, but more so people who already had my phone number. These are people I had known for many years. I always felt that keeping my worlds separate -- family, business, friends -- is always best. Nothing to get caught in the cross-hairs.
So now, a few years down the line, I am here in my house in a different state, at peace with my husband, my cats, doing laundry, vacuuming, cooking, and decorating my house into a cozy, happy home.
I live oblivious to the goings-on of the 9-to-5 life, just the way it was meant to be.