A Simple Approach to Living With Less

More Than a Homemaker

I am a woman. I am a wife, daughter, sister, mother, and friend.

I am a hard worker. I am a writer, a web designer, a teacher, a cook, and a housekeeper.

I am a hybrid homemaker.

I am blessed to be able to work from home and be with my family. For many, an opportunity like that feels incredibly far out of reach. Walking away from your day job can be a very scary step–but it’s not impossible.

If you’re wondering how you can gain personal freedom and financial success in order to make your dreams a reality, then you should check out the brand new book, The Hybrid Homemaker by Melissa Gorzelanczyk. Melissa’s blog is called Peace & Projects and she has lots of inspiration to share.

The Hybrid Homemaker will teach you how to:

  • Get out of debt
  • Stick to a budget
  • Find your amazing work
  • Make money doing what you love
  • Shrug off the world’s burden of doing it all
  • Figure out what matters to you
  • Create a home where beauty and happiness appear through your actions

Melissa includes some great worksheets to get you thinking about what your passions are and helps brainstorm real ways you can make them a reality. There’s a guide to figuring out what you finally want to be when you grow up and one to teach you how to face your fears.

The Hybrid Homemaker is a 113 page ebook in PDF format. You can either read it on your computer screen or print it out.


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Article originally published on 02/28/2011

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  1. I loved the name of her book, so very awesome and 21st century! SO many awesome ebooks coming out this month and next, lol!
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  2. Maybe my question is a little off topic, but it’s vaguely related to this post. When you work from home, do you really have personal freedom? If you have clients, then aren’t you still at their beck and call, because without them, there’d be no business, and therefore, no money?

    I read so much about how women can gain personal freedom by “reinventing” themselves so they can “do what they love,” but without a husband who has a very good job/income to support you while you’re reinventing, is it REALLY possible?

    Maybe my question doesn’t even belong on a minimalist web site, but since you mentioned it, I just thought I’d ask.

    • Faith Janes says

      Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for your comment. I think it’s a valid question/concern. Obviously part of it will depend on what you choose to do for your work. Some work is more time consuming that others. Also, some things just come more naturally for people.

      I would never do well in a business that requires drumming up lots of new clients because I am an introvert and it’s hard for me to approach people to sell things. I’ve chosen instead to focus on work that uses my creative talents like writing and design.

      The hard part is the in between time of building your business. Putting in your dues is rough, especially when trying to balance a family and all your other responsibilities. Right now, I’m still stuck doing a part-time job I don’t like because my other pursuits haven’t made it financially feasible to quit. Some days are really rough when I feel pulled in so many directions and giving up my time. I just have to remind myself of what I’m working for. I actually had to write down the reason I’m doing all I’m doing so on the days when I’m so tired I can keep my goals in mind. It’s also nice to make notes of the progress being made as a way to encourage myself.

      Is it possible? Yes. I’m not quite where I want to be but there are lots of moms like Melissa that have reached their goals. I’d encourage you to keep reaching out and asking questions. I’m so glad you did and I wish you all the best on your journey.

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