Sarah Kimmel is the mom of 2 who celebrates ten years of marriage this year. She lives with her family in Lehi, Utah, a place that is a challenge to live in considering that she grew up from Southern California and admis, “me and snow don’t mix.” However, she enjoys the beauty of their surroundings and also the lower cost of living.
Benefits, Drawbacks, and Adjusting to Working at Home
In the world of work, Sarah has done it all. “I’ve worked from home part time, worked out of the home part time, worked in the home full time and out of the home full time. When I’m at home I’m more present with my kids, and when I’m at work I am fully invested in my job.”
While she likes working outside the home for the ability to separate work and home, she recently accepted at job with ChicaLogic, a software company that helps women solve their own PC issues, and allows her to work from home. Her decision to leave her former position was due to the opportunity to work with a “a company that has a mission and goals right in line with my own, which is to empower women with technical skills.”
She has adjusted to being a work at home mom quite well over the past month. Sarah typically works most of the day. Sometimes she finds that she works early in the mornings and “then again late at night when we have things going on during the day.”
“I like working from home so that I can take small breaks and spend time with my children throughout the day. I also enjoy that the hours are super flexible so I can do things with the kids during the day.”
Despite the flexibility, she’s finding it challenging to separate work and home. “ It is definitely hard to keep work and home separate though, but I have an “office” that I retreat to when I really need to focus.”
Sarah describes herself as “Strict, but extremely loving. I can’t stop kissing those cute cheeks! I do not let them cross the line though, when they do something wrong, they get in trouble!”
She also finds that every day her kids do something that make her laugh. “The funniest thing my daughter does daily though is the invisible lists she has. Whenever she wants to do something she holds up an invisible list and says, “We have to do that, it says it on my list!”
As a self-confessed list maker, Sarah swears that her daughter’s obsession has nothing to do with her!
Seeking Parental Advice
When Sarah needs advice, she finds that she turns to her sister and sister-in-laws. As the youngest of 4 children, she says that her siblings have “been there, done that so they help me through my own struggles as a parent.”
Gems of Parental Wisdom
“Don’t be afraid to BE parents. You aren’t here to be your kids friends, you are here to teach them how to be adults. Don’t be afraid to teach them what’s right.”
Find Sarah Online
Besides working full time, Sarah is also known online for her websites Tech4Mommies and Organized Mom. She regularly contributes advice about keeping PCs running smoothly through ChicaLogic’s Tips & Tricks section and can also be found on Twitter: @Tech4Moms