Yes to trying something different

Mariah M.

Mariah is a passionate full-time blogger who likes to share fun and practical tips for parents with small children. Before being a work-at-home mom, she taught elementary school for 8 years. So, if you think she’s all about ideas for easy family fun, recipes, and crafts, you’re absolutely right.

I’ve always loved being around children, so when it came time for me to choose a career path, teaching seemed like a natural fit. I began my career teaching elementary school and special education, and it brought me so much joy. However, after 8 years of teaching and becoming a mom to 2 young children of my own, I knew my priorities in life were slowly starting to change.

Shortly after my son was born, I made the decision to retire from teaching and became a stay-at-home mom and full-time blogger (or “work-at-home” mom as I like to call it). It was a leap of faith that I was nervous about at first, but once I took that first step toward my new career goal, I realized I had made the right choice and was on the best path for my family and me.

While I do not have relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS), I recognize that saying yes to trying something new can be even more challenging for those who have it—whether it be a new career or a new hobby—given the uncertainty of the disease and concerns about how symptoms may impact these types of life decisions.

Here are a few lessons I learned during my transition from teacher to work-at-home mom that I think can help anyone, including those living with MS, take a measured “leap of faith” and try something new.

Plan ahead

It may be the teacher in me talking, but I find it so helpful to be organized and plan ahead. Take a few minutes at the beginning of each week to plan out your activities—whether it be running errands, playtime with the kids or what to cook for dinner—to minimize stress and make daunting tasks more doable. It really can make such a difference in how you manage your day!

Small changes can have big impact

You don’t have to change your whole life to try something new. Think about small changes you can make to your daily routine that will set you up for success—like getting to bed a little earlier, eating a healthy diet and taking breaks when you need them.

Rely on your loved ones

Your family and friends want to help you—and it’s important to let them! For me, I lean on my husband and mother (who lives with us) to help me when things get crazy with the kids. Don’t be shy about asking for support when you need it.

Most importantly—have fun! Saying yes to something new is never easy, but having a positive mindset, taking things one day at a time and learning not to sweat the small things can go a long way.

Mariah M. is a paid spokesperson for Biogen.

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