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  1. I always wondered about the dressing up thing! Hahah my grandma taught me the same thing. And even thought I do leave the house for work, by the time my hubby gets home and sees me I am back in sweats!

  2. Just wait until you’re a Mommy-you won’t be getting those clean socks ;)

  3. That sounds like fun to work at home, but I am not a VERY out going person, so if I were to work at home… I am sure that I would stay at home for days and not leave and I know that is NOT healthy for me…. so I am now going to school at an actually university and not online so that I can have physical contact with people on a daily basis. The working at home thing sounds like a lot of fun and if I had a different personality I think it might work, but it doesnt and I am okay with that!!
    I hope you have a great day… only two more days till the weekend!! :)

  4. Cat

    Word up! I work from home and experience lots of those same things (also for a family biz!). Trying to tell your friends that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be is something that took me along time to get used to — I’ve been doing this for about 3 years. Getting out is *super* important, luckily my dog helps me with that. I also decided a few months back that I HAVE to shower and get dressed in real clothes, otherwise my day just feels off. I may not be winning style awards, but just putting on my mascara and jeans helps me be so much more productive! One other thing that I do is allow myself to IM with friends — otherwise, I’d get bored outta my mind not talking to anyone all day.

    Thanks for this post!

  5. I hope to someday be able to work from home. I think I would be a must less stressed out human being. I always get stressed about packing things for work the night before, making sure I am not forgetting things, etc. Ahhh, maybe someday. :)

  6. LOL I relate all too well with that list

  7. kirsten

    Great post! I occasionally work from home and I know what you mean. Part of me would love to work from home all the time but the other part likes the social interaction that comes from interacting with people everyday.

  8. I totally identify with this! I work from home right now while looking for a full-time job and definitely identify with wearing sweats all day. At least it’s not pajamas…! ;)

  9. Your list made me smile :)

  10. While I don’t work from home (as in I don’t have a job), I am in law school and do most of my work at home. It’s definitely a challenge since I have four full days every week where I don’t need to be anywhere. I also don’t like to pack up and head to school on my ‘days off’ because that would require packing lunch, snacks, drinks, etc., and it’s just much easier to set up shop in my apartment.

    I’ve struggled with dilly dallying for hours on end, cleaning, cooking/baking, blogging, and anything and everything else to avoid law school work! (I’ve gotten really good at procrastinating). This term is particularly hard because I’m so close to being finished and the dreary, gray days (I’m in Michigan) make it really hard to stay motivated!

    I just started actually writing out a to-do list with times and everything on a large white board – this helps me to stay focused and on track with school work!

    Oh and I definitely know the feeling about NEEDING to get out of the house. Living alone with no social interaction for a few days (other than phone/internet – and I wouldn’t count those as ‘social interaction’ anyway) can drive me insane!

  11. I wish I listened to my Nana about the dressing up thing :(
    Thanks for the tips!

  12. I think I would be more tempted by that bed in back of me than the kitchen! Nap times at work are my dream.

  13. I love this! I work from home (sort of) now, and I switch the sweats up on a weekly basis. Socks daily. haha

  14. I’m embarrassed to say I actually got emotional reading this! I’m so lucky to have someone who is so positive about everything. :)

  15. i miss our lunches toooo! tear!

  16. elise

    great post…i found it all fascinating, honest, and insightful.

    i was totally laughing at #4
    since i work random days of the week, my days off are spent in PJs. in fact the only clothes i wear EVER are scrubs and sweatpants. kyle gets SOOO excited when he sees me in jeans now, haha. talk about low expectations!

  17. OMG love this post!!!! You hit it right on the nail! Michelle and I always try to get dressed up for the day but it never really happens. And since we work in the kitchen 24/7 due to our bakery. We totally understand how the kitchen tempting you ;) And getting out is always a good day for us! My bf loves it when I go outside of house because that usually means I will do my hair! I sometimes would go works without doing it, I would just throw it up in a ponytail. And when I would actually do my hair I would even forget how long it is ;) Yikes!

  18. What a great post. I’m a law student and on the weekends I rarely every change out of sweats and usually don’t leave my apartment on at least one of those days.
    Your “office” is super cute and looks very work inducing!

  19. Great post! I work from home sometimes and I get so much more done, although there are the constraints of not actually being in an office with all the office tools!

    I also love your new header!

  20. april

    Very interesting read! I did not take a job offer with another company to work from home because of some of the topics you discussed, so it was interesting to see someone else’s take on it who is actually doing it. I am still dressing up for work…in my maternity clothes!!

  21. Great tips! I work from home on Mondays and Fridays, so I can totally relate to the struggles. You have to find what works for you and stick to it. So funny- my mom always says the same thing about looking nice when the man comes home. However, I teach most nights, so Josh enjoys seeing my super sweaty and nasty most nights until I get in the shower…at which point I roll into PJs haha

  22. I currently have a job that allows a good amount of flexibility, so I’ve been known to work from home on occasion, and I definitely hear where you’re coming from on a lot of these points! Oddly enough, when I have something really big to work on (a creative project or major reporting), I tend to like working from home, since I don’t have the usual work distractions. We don’t have cubicles, so it gets noisy — working from home allows me to focus!

    Getting out is SO key — have you ever considered taking your show on the road once a week, maybe to a coffee shop for the morning or something similar? A change of atmosphere definitely gets my brain working in new ways.

    • Thanks Jenny! I wish I could take my work out, but unfortunately my connection is only with my desktop. I can do a small amount of work on my laptop, but it is quite incomplete. Thanks for the suggestion though!!!!

  23. This is a great post–and really funny :-) Great image of reading emails aloud in funny accents.

    I’m currently doing some part-time work from home that I’m hoping will turn full-time in a month or so, and it helps to see some of the pluses and drawbacks outlined. Kitchen issues now noted–I will make sure I face away from the kitchen if this gig gets going (and I’m the same about cereal–I don’t ever stock up the ones I like lest I turn cookie monster over the box).

  24. You are too funny! Great post!

  25. this is a great post. I recently started doing more work at home and it helps to see how someone else manages it!

  26. Thanks so much for the great tips! I’m not necessarily working per se (I’m a part time unemployed student currently) but with all my extra at home time I need all the help I can get.

  27. Yes! All these descriptions apply to me and being a mommy too!!!

  28. amyjogo

    Wow. I LOVE that bedspread. Where did you get it?

    I loved this post but even more, I love the way PhillyBoy loves you. This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed how much he seems to cherish you. I’ve read his blog a bit too and it’s endearing to read how innocent he was as a kid. You guys seem so happy. :)

    • Thank you so much! I feel so lucky I am with such a great guy… with such an entertaining childhood diary!

      The bedspread was from Target 3 years ago (thanks for the compliment). It was my first purchase for my new bedroom when I first moved out of my dad’s house!

  29. stephanie

    OMG! It is SO TRUE about working from home. I said I’d dress up every day but only did to leave the house. I watched more TV, house bills are higher and I’m totally jealous of people that work in offices!

  30. I just found your blog last night can’t stop reading it. :-) So now I’ve finally made it to your more recent posts.

    Your list cracks me up b/c it’s so true. DH has worked at home the last 5 years and I’m a SAHM so we are here ALL THE TIME. We call our house our “space station” b/c sometimes we feel so isolated.

    My grammy used to get on my case about looking nice for my husband but after 11 years she’s given up! ;-) I still try to make an effort.

  31. just found your blog as well and love it :) great post about working from home! i am in the medical field (a resident) and my responsibilities change monthly. on a scrubs month all i want to do is dress up in dresses and heels, and when i’m used to dressing up all i want to do is wear scrubs!

    i had a month (december) where i was getting some research done from home and HATED it. maybe i would have been better with your post as a guide!

  32. I actually stood in my closet this morning and thought, “I could never work from home. I love my office clothes too much and have too many.” :-) It’s crazy how the simple act of getting dressed can have such an effect!

    I love your blog and smiled several times while reading it. I had to work from home for a week during those crazy snow storms last winter was ready to lose it by the end!

  33. I love this post! I work mostly from home (for now) and I can so relate. Yesterday I was in yoga pants, a hoodie and slippers from the time I got up until the time I went to bed. And it was AWESOME. I’ve found on days when I’m struggling to focus, getting properly dressed helps a lot, but otherwise? The PJs are one of the major perks of working at home.

    Also! I live in Harrisburg, so if you ever do a shopping trip to Lancaster or just randomly wander this direction, we should have a meet up!

  34. i actually embrace the days i work from home so that i CAN wear sweats:-) it definitely is a nice treat. the kitchen is my biggest battle on those days, though. if i am really busy it isn’t an issue but if my work starts to bore me i am in trouble!

  35. Christine Adams

    I worked from home and gained 30 lbs in one year! The sweat pants are the killer. You don’t realize how much weight you are gaining! If I can offer any advise to women who work from home it’s “force yourself to get dressed” no matter how hard, no matter how much easier it seems to just throw on those sweats…resist with all your might lol! Not only that you really get into a rut. A friend of mine also works from home and fell into the same rut with me. Working in sweats or PJ’s. Oh it seems lovely at first but it’s a dangerous habit to continue. After looking at myself after just one year of working at home I wondered what happened to me. I went from the corporate powerhouse in suits to the frumpy house maid. My hair was always on top of my head, no make up on, t-shirts, sweats, not a pretty sight for my husband to see every day and you take for granted that they’re always going to love you no matter what and they usually do but I realized I was a far cry from the woman he met and fell in love with. It’s hard especially when you have children to find that time for yourself but it keeps you young and healthy and vibrant and when Mom is happy, everybody is happy. I have three boys ranging in age from 21 to 13 and I realize how much of myself I gave up to be their Mom when I didn’t have to. Although I am a big advocate for working at home, I wish I would have balanced it better and treated it more like I was still going out into the world. I’m only 44 but aged more in that one year than I think I had in all the years!

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