By Rhonda Wessel This month I am celebrating my one year anniversary with IDO Incorporated! It has been a great year, but a tough year for me. I have gone from being a stay at home mom to a full-time working mom again. It has been a big adjustment and I have asked myself several times if it has been worth it. My team at IDO has been great and understanding as most of them are also moms of young children and/or grown children, and we all are juggling having a family and working full-time. After being at home with my daughter for almost two years, working off and on during that time either on a contract basis or as a temp, it has been a struggle for me to get back into the normal routine of the five day work week. I will admit I have had the meltdowns and the breakdowns both at home and at work. I have been feeling guilty for leaving my daughter at the sitters or mother-in-law’s to come to work so that I can help provide for my family. I know I’m not the only one who has had that feeling or who has been in those shoes. There are times that I have asked myself, “is it really worth it for me to be working again?” I have to remind myself that yes it is. I want to be able to give my child what I didn’t have growing up. Even if it’s the small things like taking her shopping to pick out a special toy, or simply sitting with her to read her favorite book or watch that favorite princess movie for the 100th time. Even planning a fun vacation to someplace we’ve never been. I think it is also important for me on a professional level to keep up with my design career. I have a lot to bring to IDO from my past experiences. I also feel like I have lost so much from not working and finding that I have had to re-learn something or remember how I used to do something at a previous job, plus learning the new IDO ways. It can all get overwhelming at times. I am slowly gaining my confidence back as a designer and settling in as an IDO’er. I am very appreciative of the fact that I am working for a company that is family & faith oriented and grateful for the network of colleagues and friends that I have developed throughout my design career. Being able to work with a lot of my colleagues again and having their support has been a great help. As I reflect back on this past year I am glad that I have chosen to go back to work, and I hope someday my daughter will be appreciative of that when she is older. Instilling a strong work ethic in her is important. Lately, when I ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she says “an artist like you mom.” She is only 5, so I’m sure that will change a few times. I tell her she can be anything she wants to be!