I can barely believe that when I wake up tomorrow it will be time to flip the calendar over to December. Time always seems to fly for me (except for the few hours on Sundays when I’m watching my beloved Colts implode), but it feels as if I climbed into a cannon on June 1st and someone shot me clear to December.
Somewhere around mid-October the rocket boost kicked in, also known as part-time employment. So many of you have asked how I like working I thought it was a good time for an update.
In a nutshell? I LOVE it. I was worried, too. I’ve only worked retail once before, and I hated it (Williams-Sonoma, seasonal work, the one and only job I was ever fired from). And to be quite honest, I’ve never really enjoyed working that much in general. I liked my old job at Vanderbilt alright, but I never got excited about going to work. From time to time since becoming a full-time stay-at-home mom, Mike and I have revisited the subject of when I would return to work. I hated those conversations, as I loved my life at home. I loved the freedom, I loved managing the home, I loved the opportunities it gave me to do fun things with the kids.
I’m not sure what even led me to apply at The Container Store in the first place, other than a feeling that I loved the store and that if it was meant to be then all the pieces would fall into place. And fall into place they have.
It’s been nearly 2 months since my first day of work, and not a single shift goes by that I don’t get excited about working. I get there and the next thing I know, it’s time to go home. I love the people I work with. I love interacting with the customers. Tidying the shelves and making the store look pretty soothes me. I haven’t felt so useful, so productive, so challenged in a long, long time.
I feel a pride in myself I haven’t known in a long time, either. I’ve always known my role as a homemaker had a positive impact on our financial goals. Even though I wasn’t earning money, I was able to take the time to do things that saved us a lot of money. Still, it feels so good to see a paycheck come in with money that I earned. It feels really nice to know I’m helping to take some of that pressure off of my very hard-working husband.
It hasn’t been without its challenges, of course. My to-do list grows faster than I can cross things off. Things I love, like Twitter and Pinterest and yes, this very blog, have been set aside for things like laundry and picking up and sleep. The kids have adjusted well, but I still feel guilty some days. We run out of things like milk, favorite clothes don’t get washed, fun activities don’t always fit into the routine every week.
We’ll adjust. I have a husband who bends over backwards to make this transition easier on all of us. I have parents who have stepped in time and time again when needed. I have good kids who are ready for a little more responsibility and a little less coddling. I have an incredible employer in The Container Store, who has invested so much into me already and who wants nothing more than to see me succeed. We’re slowly getting into a groove and I have a feeling that after the hustle and bustle of the holidays we’ll settle into a routine that feels right for our family … just in time for me to have knee surgery.
From one cannon to another, also known as life. I wouldn’t have it any other way.