In about a week my life will be doing a complete 180 degree turn. After 7 years of either being a stay at home mom or only working part-time, I am returning back to a 40 hour work week.
I wasn't looking to go back full time. This opportunity kind of fell into my lap. Our department is one of the only lucky places to have at least a temporary spike in funding to allow more manpower because of the massive mountain of work that needs to be completed. I will keep my job that is 20 hours a week and I will be adding another 20 hours doing a different job in my same department. Needless to say, it will be interesting trying to juggle my different roles. It is only a temporary job lasting 2-3 years, however, it was an opportunity I could not pass up.
The best part is my bosses are amazing! They are being unbelievably flexible with my schedule and 3 days out of the 5 I will be done in the early afternoon so I can do my mom duties of shuffling kids to and from school. The worst part about it is the cost of childcare for 3 kids! OUCH!!!! I am still coming out ahead but that expense is a great big bite out of my salary.
There are a few other benefits of me going back. I have access to a much better insurance and I will actually have MORE time carved out to be able to get my workouts in. The thing I am most excited about is NOT being in a car all day long driving back and forth to school.
I would be lying if I said I didn't have any anxiety about my decision. I feel guilty. Guilty that I am kind of looking forward to being around adults everyday and guilty that I am putting my kids into more daycare. I do know deep down that my kiddos will be just fine because they are hyper-social and LOVE being around people. Since we don't have a lot of kids in our neighborhood, this is a great way for them to be with their friends. I still will have plenty of quality time with them too.
I would love some tips on juggling a full time job with the rest of your life.
I turned my resignation into my retail gig and they wouldn't accept it. They offered me to work 1 shift a week. They offered up a short Monday night shift. I fought it for a bit, then gave in. If it sucks, then I will really quit. Then I can keep the discount for a bit longer and I can have my one night of sanity while I quietly fold t-shirts. A little extra fun money would be nice too.
Next Wednesday is my surgery. It is very minor and to fix "female" stuff. I should be up and running the next day...or so they say.
Next weekend we are having a garage sale. I am arming myself with a camera. The people watching is amazing. I know I will have a great stories of people talking me down from a $.25 knicknack and people that come to steal things. I don't have the sales to make $$, my girlfriend and I get together to catch up and hang out. We start with some strong coffee in the morning and we switch to wine in the afternoon. Love it! We always have a great time and walk away with some of the most "WTF moments".
Hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend. Happy Memorial Day!