I know we’ve all heard that phrase – Never Say Never. I mean, it’s even a song by Justin Bieber. But don’t think about him right now. This has nothing to do with Justin Bieber and everything to do with your life.
And jobs. It also has to do with looking for, finding, and working a job. This isn’t an easy task. Places may be hiring, but they might want someone with a degree, or you may just not be qualified to their liking.
Finding a job = hard.
And because it’s hard, it can be discouraging.
Last year – from September 2012-May 2013, I worked as a nanny for my cousin. I enjoyed this position, but I knew that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life doing it, and it was was a hike to drive back and forth to her house. There are times I miss it, but I know that it’s not what God wanted me to do anymore.
Then I received a better job at a local business I had been working at for a little over 2 years – a full-time paid internship over the summer. I was thrilled. So summer of 2013, I spent 5 days a week at my job, and although it tied my down greatly, I loved it! I was learning all sorts of different things, and I enjoyed it!
Then, when summer ended and the company started slowing down with workload, I was cut down to just a few days a week, which was fine for the time being. I didn’t really mind all that much – it gave me some flexibility. I enjoy having some time to spend with my family.
They have recently told me that they don’t have any time for me. So I no longer work there.
Well, in February, I took on a babysitting job a few days a week for a little guy that goes to our church, who just happens to be one of the cutest kids I’ve ever met. I love him to death, and I’m always thrilled when his mom asks me to watch him! He brings a smile to my face whenever I see him.
I mean, seriously…does it get any cuter than him?
But anyways, I do that 1-2 days a week, and enjoy it. But that being my only job was just not enough.
So Mom and I accepted when Apologia asked us if we wanted to be a part of their conference workers to work homeschool conventions this spring! Yes, please! I so loved doing conventions when Mom worked for a homeschool magazine, so this was a perfect fit for us! Not only are the people nice, but Apologia also produces the greatest science curriculum!
Above I’m with Sherri Seligson (speaker, and author of the Marine Biology course), and Zan Tyler (speaker, and author of 7 Tools of Cultivating Your Child’s Potential).
And not only that, but I was also asked to babysit for another local couple with 2 kids. Because I need the money, and love kids, I said “yes.”
Let me just say . . . I said I would never spend the majority of my time babysitting again. I said that. I said that to myself, to my family, and to just about anyone that asked.
Like I said earlier…never say never.
God has plans for us that we just don’t always understand, and that we don’t expect. I never expected to be spending 3-5 days babysitting, but I know that this is obviously where God wants me right now, or I wouldn’t be doing it.
God’s plans are always way better than ours, even if we’re always asking why. Of course, I would love to have 1 part-time (or even full-time) job, but I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, or else this all wouldn’t be happening.
So, if you ever hear me say that I take my planner with my everywhere and check it before I plan anything – you can see why. There’s no way I could make plans before checking my calendar. I write everything down I have to do. I think there may only be 1 day in the whole month of March that doesn’t have anything on it.
Oh, and did I mention that I also added photography to the mix? I’m sorry, I forgot that. I recently started a photography “business” and have had a number of people want pictures taken this spring.
So…if you need me, I’ll be in front of my calendar trying to figure out exactly what I’m doing that day.
Tomorrow, I’m off to Nashville to work the Teach Them Diligently convention for Apologia.