Yeah, you know all that thinking I was doing about maybe taking a new direction? Well, God has an interesting way of opening doors when He sees fit to do so.
A couple of weeks ago, I lost that new job I got. I’m a good worker, but apparently not what they were looking for in a manager. I had already questioned in my own mind whether the job was a wrong move, so I’m not terribly upset not to be doing the work anymore. It didn’t feel right. But the loss of a big chunk of our family’s income is a bit unsettling, to put it mildly.
Since then, I’ve been job hunting, and I’ve even gone on an interview or two. But I keep feeling that this is an opportunity for God to do something different in our lives. I’ve found a couple of work-at-home opportunities – one I’m already doing, one I’m waiting to hear back from – and maybe, JUST MAYBE, this is a chance for me to have that flexibility I’ve longed for.
Pros to working from home:
- No commute! After years of having crazy long, highly trafficky commutes, the thought of not even having to drive down the street to work is VERY appealing.
- The ability to be there for my boys. If someone is sick, I don’t miss work. I take time off for a doctor visit if needed, take care of my kid, and go right back to doing what pays the bills.
- The ability to cook more. Since I’ve been home these past few weeks, I’ve been baking like mad. It’s like therapy for me. It also keeps my kids (and me and the husband!) stocked with snacks that have ingredients I can pronounce, like sugar, butter, peanut butter, chocolate.
- More time with my kids. I get to pick them up from school in the afternoons – no more after-school care for them. Homework gets done earlier, dinner gets done earlier (most days), and then we have time to just enjoy.
Cons to working from home:
- The opportunities I’ve found are contract employment. No guaranteed work, no guaranteed income. I just remind myself, though, that our faith is in the Lord – He meets our needs, not a particular job or a particular company or a particular paycheck. And He isn’t limited in the methods He might use to accomplish that.
- Distractions! If you own a home, you know that everywhere you look, you see something you should be doing. Oh, look, the floor needs to be mopped. Hey, there’s another load of laundry to wash and dry and fold. Thing Two has outgrown all of his pants and could stand for Mom to make him another pair or three. Always something. I can see a definite need for a schedule and a routine to keep me focused.
- More time with my kids! I love them with all my heart, but they are boys, rowdy, loud, and proud, and sometimes they wear me out. LOL
I want to give these opportunities I’ve found a fair chance to work. If it turns out that they don’t bring in enough to sustain us, if I can’t bring in enough income from home to make ends meet, then I’ll find a job outside the home again. But I think the boys like having me home – they’ve both commented more than once about how much they like being car riders and how glad they are not to be at after-school care anymore. I enjoy being able to do some things around the house that I don’t always do. I like that I can get up, get my day started, get the boys to school, and then come home and do something productive. And if I need to run an errand that takes me away from the computer for half an hour, forty-five minutes, who’s going to fuss? No one, that’s who!
So. New direction, new map, it’s a whole new path for me. Let’s see where the road takes me!