Back to life, back to reality

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…and they’re off!

It’s the start of a new school year or as a friend of mine likes to call it, “the real new year.” He’s right, I have always felt September was a month of new beginnings. After spending 21 odd years or so in the school system, this time of year always reminds me of new school supplies, new shoes and a new opportunity to make new friends and learn new things.

Of course, now that the Sprout and the Bean are 5 and 7 respectively, they are both in school full days. This leaves me with 7.5 hours of time in my day where I don’t actually have to parent. Historically, I have always managed to nab a full-time job in the fall, which I worked until the spring, right before school let out. This year though I will be working part-time from home for a local Communications company that mostly does event management. I’ve worked for the same company before doing social media work but now their focus is really event planning and I am excited at the prospect of getting back into that game.

Since it is only part-time, I will be doing 20 hours or so mostly from home, sometimes on the road for events (maybe even the possibility of international travel!). It works perfectly for me because it allows me to still get the kids on and off the bus as well as have a bit of extra time for exercise and personal projects. It’s work that has a perfect life/work balance.

Conversely, the job pays about half of what I was making when I was leaving the house last year. Although the pay isn’t bad, there is definitely a tradeoff. Still, I think I am getting the better end of the deal for not having to dress up, wear makeup every day, commute for 40 minutes by car, and pay for parking. Last year’s position was also in an open-concept workspace and while I found it fine, it does indeed have certain challenges. I much prefer the peace and quiet of my own home office and being able to put my head down and get things done.

It’s been great to get the kids back to school. Yesterday and today were complete free days where I basically lounged around, read books, refreshed the internet (way too many times) and took naps. Monday I will put myself on a rigid schedule so I can incorporate all the things I want to accomplish into my day while the kids are in school. Since Mr. Tucker is off to California on business, it will be a busy week but sometimes it’s best to start a new schedule when there is a lot going on. I like to jump right in and use the added stress to get more done in a short amount of time.

But as for today, I am going to finish up this cup of tea, enjoy a few chapters of this book and look forward to a nice weekend with the family.