I’m lucky enough to also work from home. I’ve been doing this since 2009 and still love it but I really started appreciating it when my daughter was born (and subsequently our son). For me, it was mainly a necessity when I started as I wasn’t willing to move again (we had already lived in Australia for while) and when we came back home, the idea of moving to San Francisco (where our company is based) seemed daunting.
In the days before I had a family I probably didn’t understand how special this was but then my daughter was born and I got to be experience all of the big “firsts”. That’s when it all clicked and I really started to enjoy this experience. I like to think of this as a company perk, one that most of my friends don’t get where they work.
Productivity aside (and I do truly believe I am more productive here than I would be at the office) it made me not only enjoy my quality of life more but also my job. More job happiness has made me insanely passionate about what I do and I can’t imagine doing it any other way.
It’s nice to read other stories like this. We should all feel very lucky that we get to see our families and our kids grow up like this. It’s pretty amazing.