Two Steps Forward…Sort of


I spent the day researching how to create a successful blog, what to do to generate more traffic to my site, and work from home job opportunities. It was as daunting as it was encouraging. If I follow the right steps and write topics people actually want to read, my income potential is unlimited. That alone is inspiring. However, there are a lot of other people out there trying to do the exact same thing right now who are not succeeding. While having a 6-year old and welcoming a newborn in the next few months will give me plenty to write about, what happens when Mommy Brain kicks in and I just can’t find the time to write consistently anymore? Worse yet, what if I lose my motivation?

The thing that set off this search today, besides being stuck inside and unable to even shovel my own car out, is my extreme dislike of the new job. It’s awful. The people are so nice and they’re all so happy it makes you want to puke, which should be uplifting. It’s not. They’re also college kids. I’m at least 10-12 years older than everyone I work with. One of the shift supervisors is 2 years younger than me. She’s got 10 years on the assistant manager and everyone calls her Mom. I’d hate to find out what they’ll call me if they ever learn my age.

On top of that, this is the slow season because the holidays are over and the snow is here. Every shift that I am scheduled for I’m sent home early. Whereas I was already in a position where an ideal work week of 24 hours a week would only net me $600 per month, I’m actually receiving about 8-12 hours per week. It’s just not worth it. I could go work at a convenience store for more money per hour. Or, I can try out one of these work from home opportunities and be able to work in my pajamas. That one sounds ideal.

I had been hoping their manager training program would be worth it after I came back from maternity leave. But the $9/hour shift supervisor pay, after taxes, comes down to approximately $6.84. For an 8 hour shift, this comes to $54.72. Now subtract the roughly $30-40/day that daycares charge. I would be paying someone else to watch my baby in order to make $15-25/day. Now I know why so many families choose unemployment and welfare. Not that I have any intention of taking that route. I just understand why it wouldn’t be worth it to go back to work at all.

All in all, our lives are changing so dramatically over the next few months that I honestly have no idea what 2016 has in store for us. There are so many variables with a new baby that I can’t make a definite plan right now. The best I can do is save my money, work as hard as possible, and try every avenue I can until I find something that works for us. I intend to stay at the second job at least until I find something else. Some extra income is better than no extra income. But the second I find something else I’m out of there. As nice as the people there are, my college days are long since over.

Until then, I’m just going to keep writing and hope you keep reading.

Have a great night!


Author: Candice

I am a wife, mom of 1 1/2 (it'll officially be 2 in May), part time waitress, avid reader, and an unpaid comedian, chauffeur, cook, maid, therapist, and cuddler. I love my family more than anything and as scared as I am to start over on this whole mom gig, I'm so excited to do it again.

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