Beyond the 40 Hours

The other day, I remember saying to my husband, Bryce, “When I was little, I always thought it was weird when people said they were working two jobs. Because I thought that would be impossible to work two jobs at the same time everyday.” I obviously didn’t fully understand that different jobs have different schedules.

As a kid, you don’t really see the “adult” stuff in peoples lives. You hear from your friends that their parents are working two jobs or you hear it in movies. While I said this above statement, I was having a realization about my life. I was working two jobs. I am working two jobs. To me, juggling the craziness of starting my own business with my other 12 hour a week job didn’t seem so crazy at first. The idea of having some steady income through a part time job sounded like a piece of cake.

Let me tell you…it is not a piece of cake. I find myself unable to turn off work most nights. The weekends when I am home are spent catching up on work and answering emails. I find myself waking up in the middle of the night, remembering something I need to get done as soon as I wake up. I’m getting better, though. I’m making it a point to log off my computer at 5:00pm (okay, so maybe more like 5:15pm…) and spend time with my husband and our dog. While this may mean I log back on later when the video games have begun, it gives me some time to spend with them.

I’m learning how to say “no” when I just can’t take on another project at that given time. I’m learning the importance of due dates and giving myself plenty of time to get things done, even if that means setting due dates longer than I would have liked. I’ve learned how to juggle the roles and responsibilities of being a business owner, such as taking on the finances, communicating in a timely manner, and getting things DONE.

Honestly, life has been a little crazy lately. I’ve been both completely overwhelmed yet completely full of joy. I’ve been at the point where I just laugh because I have no idea how I got there. I mean, it was through a lot of hard work, but this lifestyle of juggling everything just suits my personality. For now, at least, I will take advantage of the late nights. I will squeeze in every extra moment with my family and friends. I will pat myself on the back every once in a while for what I’m doing.

While working two jobs isn’t necessarily an ideal situation for anyone, I realize now that sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. There are bills, there are car payments, and there are groceries that need to be in your pantry. Why is it that produce seems to expire a LOT more quickly when you’re the one buying it!? Ha! While I’d estimate I work WAY more than just 40 hours a week (let’s just leave it at that), I recognize this as a stepping stone in my life. We’ve all got to push through with resiliency, tenacity, and a zest for what we do. I have a father who always put in the extra time after his work hours to get things done, to make sure things were perfect. I’ve got a husband who has a work ethic that I admire. I’ve got all sorts of positive influences around me. I can do this. So can you.

Lastly, if I can ask anything of people reading this…

If you know someone who is working two jobs, building their own business, or things are just a little crazy, please, for the love of all things wonderful, do not ask them, “are you working today?” or any variation of that. Please. 

Love,

Caroline

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