Thinking Outside The Box....

Monday, September 17, 2012

So I think I am totally used to the kids being in school now.
I think this is the beginning of Week 5....I think.
They are loving it and all is going well.
I am not walking around in a complete fog wondering WHAT to do with myself.
Well, wait-- I kind of am but not because of the kids not being here but because I am trying to figure out what on earth to do with myself.
I need a job.
I know I said that here in this post, that I thought I needed to work to keep myself sane and not
be inside my cukoo-crazy-head too much but now I really need a job, as in I need a little income.

Up until a couple of weeks ago I worked about 4-5 hours per week in the evening, just two nights a week after Eric got home from work.
I never talked about it here because I worked alone in a building by myself after dark and although I
am not super-paranoid, I do watch TV and I knew better than to announce to the world wide web that I was alone in a building at night.
Now that I am not doing that anymore, which is for the best, I am definitely missing the extra bit of income.

So, the big question is...What to do now?
It's tough.
It needs to be super flexible, just a couple of days a week.
I need to be able to help out at school, and be here to get the kids to and from school.

I do not feel like I am ready to go back to my "real job" which was working for the school
district in more of an outreach/human services kind of job....or when/if I will ever be ready for that again.
Here's the thing-- and I feel a tiny but guilty admitting this out loud because I have a lot of compassion for those in need,
especially children and mothers in need/crisis, but I realized after I stopped working that I
was really getting burned out on that job.
The people and the depressing circumstances and the families we were supposed to be helping but when it came right down to it you never
really knew if you made a difference at all or not....
it's a lot. I needed a break in a serious way.
That being said, I do think there is a good possibility that I will eventually want to do something like that again, but maybe not just yet.
But who knows?

So, I am trying to think outside the box and come up with something that would fit the bill for all
of the above.
I am open to just about anything-- just about.
Okay- maybe not anything : )
I am also brainstorming things I can do here at home or with my shop because I feel like the timing could be a really good
opportunity for me....yikes... so much to think about.

Anyone else currently in this situation?
Any advice/thoughts/ideas?


Happy, happy Monday!


  1. I never comment, but pop by occasionally and your pictures are always crazy-impressive and beautiful!

    Why not do some pics on the side?! Your vintagey- flow will draw people in!

  2. i agree with holly! do pictures!!

  3. do photography, duh~!!! LOL!
    you are GOOD! but then again, you might not like the pressure of it, I know I sure didn't! it made me hate taking pictures and made me feel less creative and free!
    good luck with whatever you do!

  4. I agree with the other girls too! Your photos are amazing! And you already have the rad camera, put that new lens to work girlfriend! I don't know if you are interested in an online customer service job, but there are a few out there. Next time you are at the grocery store, pick up the Woman's Day magazine with the pumpkins on it- they have quite a few online opportunities. Not sure how flexible the hours would be, but it's a start!:) Good luck!
    And yes, I'm currently in between jobs- whatever that means- and not sure what I want to do. :( It's a weird place to be in, but in the mean time, enjoy the current!

  5. You have to go with you gut instinct, mama. I would say photography, but if you are anything like me then photography is a passion and you don't want to get burnt out on it. That is why I'm back in college after all these years to start anew. I don't want to follow a career within my degree and I don't want to kill my photography love so I'm back in school. It feels good.

    Go with your gut instinct. I'm sure there is a voice telling you what you want/should do. xo!

  6. Oh, I HEAR YA!!! Let's go into business together. Who cares that there are thousands of miles between us? I'm up for almost anything, too. Let me know if you have any grand ideas :)

  7. first thing i thought of was photography...not gonna lie, sister.
    you have carazay talent, and you would bless others immensely by sharing it with them.

    i'd hire you in a HEARTBEAT!!!

  8. photography!

    in a nutshell my super uber talented American need to have another Etsy store totally devoted to photography...

    millions would buy poster images of your photos for our kids rooms etc...

    think about it!

    hugs...melissa xx

  9. I'm going with the rest of the clan..... Photography. If you ever have questions... Lmk.. I'm just starting out!

  10. how about working part-time at a farm market? seasonal and flexible and your creativeness would be appreciated by many? and you would have oodles of photo ops! {i like the idea of photography...but usually that would happen during your family time which would defeat the whole purpose of a "job when kids are in school" idea} love these posts! hugs, cathy


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