I have a telephone interview Monday for a company that would enable me to work from home. The drawback is that I might be making less pay for a little bit but the definite positive is that I will have plenty of time to work on my Adornaddict.com site and I will have much more energy to blog. I love writing but find myself coming home from work damn near exhausted and not in the state to write.
I am convinced and nobody can tell me otherwise that commuting to work and spending all day away from home and even at some times forsaking your family is not normal. I’ll give you a prime example. I had to change my son’s school last school year because my work schedule was not conducive to being able to pick up my son from school at the appropriate time so he was going to school by my fathers house. This of course began to create a problem as my father began tiring of bringing him home every evening only to return in the morning to pick him up. Next thing I know, my son was at my fathers almost every day of the week. I knew that I was going to have to ask the owner of the company to change my schedule. I went into the managers office one particular morning in tears explaining my situation to my boss who while pretending to care simply said ” I’m sorry that doesn’t work for me.”
What?!! Thankfully I was able to enroll my son in a charter school literally one block away from my job. It was great for a month until my son who is admittedly hyper began to not like his school. I suspect the staff did not care for him as well. Not all but some staff seemed to pick on my son for every little thing that he did. I knew that he wouldn’t return next semester hence my previous goal of leaving my job by September 7. Realizing that I wouldn’t be leaving my job until I found something to replace it I grew some strength. I realized that this time around I would not be asking if my schedule could be changed, it was not a question this time around. It was a matter of necessity and I was not going to forsake my son for the convenience of someone else again.
I knew that if my boss couldn’t accommodate me then legally I could collect unemployment(as long as the employer is given a reasonable amount of time to accommodate the request) which is of course never the goal however unemployment insurance is there for these very reasons, to provide some form of protection in a system that will work you into early death. I wasn’t afraid this time. I knew that I had to let the owner know in a respectful way that this wasn’t a question this time around but a NEED. And guess what? My schedule request was accommodated. This is not to say that she is being professional about the change she grudgingly she allowed. She has been rude to me and attempting to give me a hard time at work. In fact, she doesn’t even really engage in small talk anymore which is actually great because I can’t stand her.
This is why I am willing to make a change and take lower pay, thats what HUSTLING is for! Most of us won’t admit it but most of our jobs kill our creativity and they make us lazy and dependent on a that “guaranteed” weekly check. I want out! I need a job that allows me to still be able to focus on my family and pursue my interests and goals outside of the stifling corporate office identity.
Have the courage to believe in the beauty of your dreams and do not let anyone tell you otherwise! Anyway in the news of my current side hustles, I’d mentioned that I had become a mystery shopper for several organizations. Mystery shopping allows you to basically eat out, party and travel for free. Yes, it is a very real job and I’m just getting my foot wet. This week thus far I’ve enjoyed a free dinner and made a few bucks in addition. I’ve enjoyed a late night movie, free complete with concessions and tonight I’m going to a local hotspot for free, drinks and dinner are on the house! Plus tonight’s gig pays a pretty penny. I’ll eventually start writing on the possibilities of making this a very real, lucrative and fun career. Until then I’m getting my feet wet learning the in and outs of the business.