You might have noticed, dear reader, that I have not posted in a while. The reason for this, mainly, is that I got a part-time job.
It’s one of those things that’s a blessing from the blue. We’ve been strapped for cash lately, what with my occasional financial irresponsibility and thwarted business attempts, the real estate bubble that’s sent our property taxes through the roof, and all the upkeep that property requires. Here I am, desperately trying to find a way of making money on the internet without killing my soul or getting swindled, and then a friend texts me and says, “You interested in some part-time work?”
I was. I knew the company she worked for–a Kindermusik studio, where my kids were already students (though I’d nearly quit for lack of funds), where I’d participated in a kids’ show around a year ago. I was thrilled. Even more she said it had to do with writing.
I contacted the boss and she sent me a full list of qualifications and requirements. I met every one. It was exciting–in the past, it’s been hard to fully match my skill set to a job opening. Interestingly enough, many of the skills I possess that made me right for this job have come not from formal experience or education, but from navigating the internet and the blogosphere, figuring out programs like MailChimp and WordPress–stuff I’ve done for this site. Essentially, I’d spent the last year training for a job without knowing it.
As I’ve bumbled and blundered through my various ventures, I’ve often come up against one problem: I can’t see myself doing it for very long. When you create a business, you have to believe in it. Unless you’re some sort of venture capitalist, it’s not a viable plan to start something and expect to hand it off to a manager. It’s your business. You have to love it.
I love Kindermusik. I think it’s a great program, and the studio where I work is peopled with amazing musicians and teachers. I get to do a job that makes my kids happy, too. And when I tell them I need some time to work for Miss Allison, they respect that because they love Miss Allison. She’s their teacher and their friend. And now she’s my boss.
So that’s what I’ve been doing. Learning the job. Eventually, I’m sure I’ll find a way to do this, that, and the other thing all at once–maybe once both my kids are in school–but for now, blogging has to become an occasional outlet.