I was an account executive, then quit my job to have my son. Of course I love motherhood and love my son, but after a few months of baby talk I was ready to go back to work. The thing was that I didn't want to miss Pete's childhood and my old job took too much of my time.
I started looking around at different options that I had. I'd always enjoyed languages and meeting people from different cultures, so I started thinking about teaching English as a Second Language. I looked into the courses available and signed up for an evening course with SIT in New York City, so my husband could look after Pete on the evenings I had the course. It was difficult at times -- juggling being a full-time mom and wife and studying, but in three and a half months I had my TESOL certificate. The course itself was intense but incredibly rewarding. In some ways it changed my life -- it forced to look at things in a different way.
I now teach evening classes four days a week at a language school in Queens and love it. I get out of the house, have adult conversation, meet interesting people from around the world, and earn some extra money. If you've ever thought about doing something like this, I would highly recommend it. I did the SIT TESOL Certificate, but there are other courses around, too.