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Need advice, if you are up for it…

I’m in a homemaking quandary, so to speak. So, I’m asking my readers for input.

Last year things got a little out of balance with too much teaching outside of the home (English classes) and 3 or 4 pilates classes also. I just felt like I wasn’t home enough, and I was starting to pick up that “you guys owe me something” kind of attitude. It wasn’t who I was or wanted to be.

I choose to be home with my kids, whether I’m teaching a full schedule or just doing a little reading lesson here and there. Homemaking is a choice, for me. It’s certainly not because I can’t get work. After I worked my two month stint as a professional organizer, I realized that my home and family was collapsing all around me. Thankfully, my big work outside the home adventure only lasted two months. It wasn’t like I went looking for it. The job landed in my lap, completely unasked for. And we needed the money, and it was only a two month contract.

So, then I had the money we needed, and the peace of mind that being at home really WAS the best job, and the cost of living would have to slow us down, not entice us to “keep up”..

But now we have a genuine need again. Our kids’ schooling is upon us, and last year I had the teaching job which covered it exactly. This year I only had a few students sign up for my classes, and the two co-op days were merged, so I decided to step down for a year and let the other classes fill up.

So, now I have a choice again. I have had a great summer break with a very light schedule: only teaching pilates on Wed. and Friday. I have had potentially 4 stay at home days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. It’s been fabulous. It got me thinking: maybe that’s enough. Maybe that is ALL I should do and just trust the Lord to provide the income in some other way.

I also had this thought of a mother’s writing helper. I have had some encouraging feedback from people when I’ve given them the details of it. But I am still uncertain if I will be able to manage all the balls of constantly editing other people’s writing projects. What if I get too many jobs? Life will be hectic, and I’ll be on the computer a lot more. My kids will forget what it is like to have a mother who is involved with them. And I’ll be a greedy pig and want to get rich off of this.

Then again, I could limit the number of clients I take, organize my time better, and genuinely help people who really need help in this area. I do have a lot of experience in teaching writing and editing. I recently did some resume writing for a client, and he just got a call for an interview. So, I have a variety of clients that would probably help me with a flyer/ webpage for reviews.

So, could this be the Lord’s leading for me? I could take on-line as well as local clients for what I have in mind. By the way, this is NOT a plea for money or free advertising. I hate that kind of stuff. For those of you who know the Lord, could you give me your input on what is of faith and what is not..in this type of situation? Is it not trusting the Lord if you make your own money?

Just confused a little, but so what else is new?

Have any of you taken a serious at-home opportunity (job) and not have it take over your life at home? (I don’t consider blogging a “job” since I do it for fun, and I don’t really make money at it–yet)

Keeping life in balance is what MAKES my HOME SING.


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