My Three

I have always been a person who had everything simply fall into place when it comes to employment (and life in general). This is in no way a humble brag, it’s just how my life seems to play out. This past January, things did not play out the way I had expected — or hoped — and for the very first time I felt a little bit lost. I was set adrift with no compass or even a rudder and it was unnerving. I wondered what I was supposed to be when I grow up. I made the best of it, as I always do (Be! Positive! B! E! Positive!) and a few months later I found my feet again.

I remember growing up, thinking that I would get a job and do that job until I retired and that would be that. My experience has been exactly the opposite. I have a minimum of four jobs on a daily basis. Some jobs are constant and some are transient. Some jobs have been around for years, some are one-off deals, and some are new but long-term. Some are accounting-related, some are writing-related, but all of them allow me the freedom to pay the bills and also be at home to be a Mom. I was meant to be a Mom to these three creatures who once fit in my womb and I am making every stride that I can to both make a living and make a life.

The online facilitating I do is starting up again this week and I’m excited to be back in the game. My new job as our church’s accountant is going so well. I love having that one day a week to be in an office, kibitz with witty people, and put my skills to good use. That position led to me being contracted to work for a friend’s bakery as their accountant every second week — they used the same accountant the church did; she’s moving away — and after spending the day there on Tuesday I’ve been bouncing on my heels with Happy.

I may not have a “career job”, but I have work that fits into my life and that I can work around. I still get to be home for dinner and volunteer at my kids’ school and, well. I’ve been grinning like a fool because I’m just so happy.

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  1. Amanda August 1, 2013 4:10 pm edit

    I always love reading these posts from you…and feeling the anxious/anxiety relief that comes with it. Your posts seem so much happier when you are able to work from home and spend time with your sweet ones.

  2. Hannah August 1, 2013 5:24 pm edit

    I’m really happy for you! xx

  3. Heather August 3, 2013 2:59 am edit

    My dream! Don’t think I can teach from home…. but I’m sure that whatever transpires, I’ll make the best if it.

  4. hillary August 5, 2013 2:13 am edit

    I’m so happy you’re happy :)

  5. Jen Wilson August 7, 2013 10:33 am edit

    I also have no less than four jobs at any moment. But unlike you, my life has not gone as planned, nor has it just fallen into place. Being a pregnant highschool cheerleader will do that to a person.

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