A Leap of Faith and Big Life Changes

On Friday we celebrated Eid-ul-Adha but besides that Friday the 1st of September 2017 also marked two other very significant occasions:

  • It was officially 19 years later for Harry Potter as he stood on Platform 9 3/4 seeing Albus off to Hogwarts, meaning that the timeline has come to a close and
  • It was officially the first day of my last month at Parent24.

That second one’s a pretty big deal for me because for the first time in my life, I’m not going to have a 9-5 office job. 

I love Parent24. I’ve poured my blood, sweat and tears into that site and I’m so proud of what it is today. Guys, I can’t tell you how much I love working there. So much that I’ve been there for 9 years. Ask anyone who’s worked at 24.com and they will tell you it’s like a family over there. There are not better humans on the Earth to work with so I am very sad that I will be leaving them.

What I will be doing with my life

But I find myself in the position of being away from my kids for longer than any of us like. The Potato essentially has 3 caregivers: she’s with us on weekends and evenings, and the rest of the week is split between my mother and sister-in-law. And while they look after her SO fantastically, it’s confusing for a 10-month-old with so much change and having different routines. And I’m sure that’s the reason why she’s such a very clingy baby compared to The Munchkin.

He had the advantage of having his dad stay home with him for the first two years of his life and he’s SUCH a confident little boy today.

I miss my kids. I pine for them when I’m at work and I realised that I am very lucky in that I can do my job from home. So I am entering the big, scary and very hard-working world of freelance journalism, being a stay-at-home mom AND “homeschooling” The Munchkin because we are taking him out of preschool till he goes to Big School. Big Life Changes! In capital letters!

While he loves his teacher and his friends, he just gets sick too often for our liking and we want him to experience the freedom of childhood before he is legally required to be in school.

Have I lost my damn mind? Probably. Am I scared? Definitely! There have been nights when I sat up and thought I’ve made a BIG mistake but this is going to be so beneficial for the kids, our family and our happiness. So do I regret it? No (not yet at least).

This has actually been the happiest I’ve felt in a long time. I’m especially looking forward to not rushing around trying to get everyone out of the house on time in the mornings!

I know this isn’t going to be sunshine and roses, there are going to be days when the kids drive me up the wall but I’m hoping that the good will outweigh the difficult. I’m armed with so much thoughts, plans, printables, apps and above all the support of my family so I hope know this is the right thing to do for us.

So wish me luck and if anyone is looking for a freelance lifestyle writer send ’em my way!



  1. Alet

    September 4, 2017 at 9:57 am

    All the best with the new venture! I think it is amazing that you can work from home and thankfully, nothing is set in stones. If things really don’t work out at home, you can alway revisit and shuffle your work arrangements.

  2. Nihaad

    September 4, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Zayaan! This is so exciting (and I’m sure, pretty scary too) But I have no doubt you’ll make it all work and I look forward to reading about this new chapter in your life 🙂
    Wishing you all the strength and happiness!
    Nihaad | Read & Seek

  3. Nikki

    September 4, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Oh my goodness friend! I am so proud of you and so excited for you 4. This is the start of such an amazing journey. of course only a fraction of it will be smooth sailing and your patience will be tested. But you are going to do so well. Enjoy every minute of your last month at work and I cannot wait to follow you all on this exciting new chapter. Homeschooling has been a dream of mine!

    1. Zayaan Schroeder

      September 4, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      I’m shit scared to be honest!

  4. ChevsLife

    September 4, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    BIG changes! A bit daunting, but you so got this, ALL THE WAY!

  5. Charlene

    September 5, 2017 at 8:55 am

    All the best on this new adventure! And as scary as the big change seems, the good will definitely outweigh the challenging moments. 🙂

  6. Lameez

    September 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    All the best on this new chapter of your and your family’s life. Can’t wait to read all about it- the good, challenges, and adventure!

  7. Cassey

    September 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Oh wow. Big and exciting and scary, but I know you got this. You will be amazing.

  8. stephanie videira

    September 5, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Good for u and all the best, happy days ahead 🙂

  9. Shabnam

    September 23, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Well done for taking the step to make a change! You’re right, the kids will benefit so much, it’s gonna be awesome, and you will NOT miss Rushdi picking up every other kid’s illness every time! And you will rock at freelance! All the best for this new chapter in your life insha Allah, may it be filled with love, joy, good memories and may you find contentment in what lies ahead ameen!

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