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It’s Official I Quit My Job and I am leaving Walmart Moms!

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I thought that would get your attention. Yes, it’s Official.  Most of you know that not only did I manage 3 blogs but I also worked full time in  an office as Internet Marketing Manager for Fast Fixin’. I had 5 wonderful years there and the lessons I learned there helped shaped the way I wanted to run my blog and they way I taught others how to coupon.  I was able to see what it’s like to be the consumer as well as the business side.  I want to thank them for finding me on my blog and setting me off on a new journey in my life.  I will miss all of them.

So you might be wondering so now what?  Well, starting at the end of the month, I am going to work for a wonderful company called Collective Bias which is a shopper marketing firm out of Bentonville, Arkansas. No, I am not moving and that is the best part.  I am going to get to WORK FROM HOME!  Not only that but I will have benefits! I can’t tell you how happy I am to be working for a company who shares the same passion as me.  I have been doing blog campaigns for them for years.  (You might remember my feature in the  J&J Coupon  Book). Collective Bias works with a lot of bloggers and they get it, they are one of the few companies that understands a bloggers worth.  Collective Bias allows me to do what I am passionate about, with the freedom to do what I need to do as a wife and a mother. They are on the cutting edge on what a business model should be.  If you’re a brand who is looking for something new, you should definitely check them out. (Tell them the Queen sent ya, LOL!) Here is a video that I made years ago back in 2010

Of course, sometimes with good news there can be bad news. Unfortunately, with this new adventure another one will end and I will be leaving Walmart Moms at the end of the month. With my new job, Walmart has said it would be a conflict of interest and that if I take this job , I will no longer be able to participate. I have been a Walmart Mom since 2008 and I want to thank Walmart for all the opportunities they have given me and the relationships I have created there have been awesome.  I must tell you Walmart treated us moms wonderfully and the program was amazing.  I will definitely also miss the income and this will be a big adjustment for my family; howver, we have been praying about this for quite some time and money isn’t everything… my family comes first.

I know I haven’t talked about this much but I have been struggling for a really long time. I could tell Daniel was getting worse and my family was really suffering with me being away from home. Some days he’s fine and you can’t tell anything is wrong with him and then there are days when he physically can’t get out of bed. The guilt of leaving him at home and the guilt of not being able to be the mom I needed to be for my kids was really getting to me and the emotional struggle was physically effecting me. Even though being a Walmart Mom was a big income for me , I know that God will take care of us and other things will come along. I know he wants me to take care of my family first and if I am doing his will everything will fall into place.

If I could give some advice, to a stay at home mom wondering whether they should go back to work or not; please take the time and think about it long and hard. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.  In my case I didn’t have a choice on whether to go back to work.  My kids were growing up before my eyes and I was missing out on their lives and their school functions.  I missed being homeroom mom,going to school plays and taking off and going to church camp with them.  Not only that, but during the summer my kids were at home and with Daniel not feeling well, they (as kids do) were sitting in front of the TV and computer and not exercising and eating what they wanted.  Well, I hope this family is ready because this mama is taking back over her household.  I hope to share my joy, laughter, pain and fun moments as I take on this new journey.

I want to thank all of my fans for sticking by me even when I seem to be absent with my struggles. Thank you Walmart, Fast Fixin, Collective Bias and most of all GOD!

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Melissa Garcia AKA The Consumer Queen has been featured in All You Magazine,Wall Street Journal,Ladies Home Journal, The Today Show, Oprah radio Network & More. Melissa is also now blogging full time from home as a career.

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