The Green Phone Booth welcomes back regular guest poster Jess of Sweet Eventide.
The week before last, I heard about a job, applied, interviewed and got an offer for it. All in 28 hours. "Can you start in two days?" they asked. I had been looking, needing and wanting a part-time job out of the house for many reasons for two years. But now that I've got one?
I'm feeling rather frazzled.
With basically no time to prepare myself or my family for a fairly big transition, we're in sink or swim mode. I've only had one job in my son's life (he's almost 7.5) and it was mostly working from home and about 5 hours per week. This is part-time, more like 20 and mostly out of the house. We ran out of milk the first week. This week I've managed to keep the fridge stocked but please don't look at my floors. (I have a high-shedding lab).
I have high food standards, a blog that I miss and an Etsy shop that is centered around my dream career. I haven't opened the mail in 10 days and my husband has done almost all the dishes. I don't want to knock big things off my life to-do list because of a job. I still want to volunteer at school as I committed to do before this job fell into my life. I still want to blog and take photographs and market my Etsy shop. In fact I want to grow my photography business, not give up on it because I'm overwhelmed.
I want to have good energy to connect with my husband and nurture my son each day. I want to keep up and grow my friendships. And what about exercise? Come on, I was barely managing to do that before juggling an intense new job! What about all the things I wanted to work on like starting to grow a few of my own vegetables? (My husband and I have kept a basil plant alive for six weeks now, a record!) I have fallen in love with amigurumi too and I don't want to stop crocheting little lopsided bunnies.
Are my expectations WAY out of line? Is it possible to do all this? And the holidays are coming! I am a handmade holiday kind of gal! I know lots of parents work in and out of the home and have some of this figured out. I am hoping lots of you will share your tips on keeping your standards and ethics for your life but doing it more efficiently. Excuse me while I go collapse in bed until I hear from you wise folks.