On Being Really Busy

24 Aug

On Monday, I wrote about being busy, and how I wanted to learn how to let myself relax and let some things go.  Having worked five part-time jobs for over a year, this is easier said than done.  However, I think I have taken a huge step in the right direction.

You see, it is a crazy world in which we live.  People do things that we don’t always understand.  They make poor choices (like watching Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo) or they waste their money (like buying knock-off Nutella.  Trust me on this people- stick to the original).  Sometimes they even do very strange things, like offering to hire a 25-year-old blogger to a full-time position that perfectly fits with her masters’ degree.

I mean, really?  Who does this kind of stuff?

Oh wait.  As it turns out, I know someone who does that last thing.  (I know someone who does the first two things as well, but this blog isn’t about me…. wait…)

That’s right.  Someone in a position of authority has extended to me the offer of full-time employment, complete with benefits (yay health insurance!) and a salary that doesn’t have to come from five combined sources!  It also uses my Master’s Degree, which honestly is something I was beginning to think would never happen.  The best part is, this is the same company for which I currently work 35 hours a week.  My job title changes, and my pay structure, but the work itself will largely be an extension of what I currently do, which I enjoy.

As of yesterday, I have accepted this offer.  Starting September 10th, I will be employed full-time.

Yep, that’s about right.

Now, what that means for my other four part-time jobs is a bit unclear.  I’ll still keep three of my part-time jobs for sure- one as a weekly babysitter, one as the Children’s Ministry Director at my church, and one as a freelance writer/ producer of web series (provided we can ever launch said web series).  None of these pay particularly well (and one doesn’t pay at all…), but they are jobs that I can easily do with a full-time job.  Most importantly, they are things that I truly enjoy.

What is most uncertain is my retail sales job.  This is a job that, while insanely frustrating at time, is one that I do enjoy.  It’s also the best paying of my remaining jobs.  What I am hoping is that I can keep this job for a little while longer and just reduce my hours to weekends and maybe one closing shift here and there as needed.

What I expect will happen, however, is that the store will hire or promote someone into my position to cover the hours I can’t work and there won’t be any hours left for me.  I haven’t talked to my manager yet, so I don’t know which way the hammer is going to fall, but I have coworkers who would love more hours and they deserve to have them.  I may very well have to say good-bye to this job, and that terrifies me.

You see, my full-time contract includes a six-month probationary period and as soon as I saw that paragraph, my anxiety-captive mind started racing.   What if I hate this job?  What if they decide they hate me?  What if I can’t do the work?  What if the company gets taken over by Skynet and my position isn’t needed after six months?  I mean, these are legitimate concerns.  I have contingency plans for just about everything, but there is no plan for downsizing due to hostile sentient computer takeover.

We regret to inform you that your services are no longer needed. Please stand by for…… TERMINATION.

But I think the thing that scares me the most is the idea that I won’t be so busy.  I’ve been so busy for so long that I don’t think I know how to not be busy.  I don’t know any reply other than “let me check my schedule and get back to you.”  I don’t know how to make plans more than a week in advance because my schedule has never been steady before.  I don’t know how to prepare for a day that doesn’t have at least four calendar notes.  Essentially, I am Scott in the video below.


It’s so true.  It’s so sad, but it’s so true.

So there are a lot of things still up in the air right now.  All I know for sure is that come September 10th, things are going to be different.  With luck, they’ll be good different.  In any case, I’m off to develop my Skynet contingency plan.  I’ll see you all on Monday.


5 Responses to “On Being Really Busy”

  1. kim August 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    that is fantastic news! if you find you aren’t quite as busy as before, fill the hours with making an ART 🙂

  2. Cherilyn August 24, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    My two cents…congrats and welcome to the team! The majority of changes you will see will be positive…like, oh, a regular reliable paycheck, and the occasional trip to some random city. The workload will expand a bit, 6 months will FLY by (no worries on that one BTW, just a CYA gig we all have been through) and before you know it, you will be roped into projects you are yet to dream of! Super proud of you…your patience and persistence has paid off. Glad our knowing each other has been so mutually beneficial and thrilled to call you my co-worker…OFFICIALLY.

  3. karen August 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    I don’t know how i found your blog. Maybe “Kim the Painter” in Newnan, Ga.? Doesn’t matter… I love to read your life. I always think, if I won the lottery, you would be one that deserves to have some of it. Then again, you make it sound like you’ve learned such a lesson about life (by eating fake Nutella and other such cutbacks) I then think, “No, she will teach her grand kids all about ‘money management’ and how she sacrificed.” (really? fake Nutella?) I don’t know you, but as a mom, I’m proud of you.
    Keep up the great work, congrats on your new job and if I win the lottery, I think I’ll still help you out.

    • Losing My Cents August 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I have definitely learned a lot over the last eight months, not least of all when it’s a good idea to splurge for a brand name (yeah. Fake nutella. The errors of youth). It’s been an interesting time, and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading about it. 🙂


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