I spent some of my lunch hour today catching up on the blogs I follow. One of them, inkOBSESSIONdesigns, had a post today about how she may have too much on her plate and needs to reprioritize things. I feel the same way!
I am a part time medical transcriptionist and work from home. Working from home has its ups and downs. I don't need to put my children in daycare, I am here to make meals, do laundry, and keep the house in order. On the flip side, there are a lot of distractions. I find myself playing referee a lot with the kids having to break up petty arguments. There is also more time away from my typing for making snacks, wiping bottoms, finding lost crayons, you name it. Sometimes I feel I could get a lot more work done if I worked say, in a hospital setting or doctor's office. On the other hand I would need to pay for daycare and would have to hurry home at 5:00 to make a quick dinner, bathe the kiddos, and get them in bed at a decent hour. Not sure I want that stress.
Then there is the sewing business. I started my business in October of 2008. It has been growing slowly, but steadily. I find I need more time to devote to my sewing, which is where my heart is. I sit here typing medical reports for the majority of the day, but find myself constantly thinking about what patterns I am going to draft next, what fabrics to buy, what garments to make. My head says, "keep with the MT job for a steady pay check", but my heart says, "you really don't like the type of work you do...why not take the plunge and do something that you love." It's a tough battle and I fight it every single day.
Let's move on to my support system. Well, my husband is all for the sewing, as a hobby. He doesn't believe it is a full time business kind of thing. He's always been the type to go to work "for the Man" and bring home a fat check whether he likes the job or not. I'm the opposite. I'll take a smaller check in favor of a job I love. He tends to discourage me from taking the sewing business to the next level. In order for it to grow I need to be able to devote more time to it. I feel like I am being pulled in two opposite directions, but, as a Christian, I need to listen to my husband and not just up and quit my job to pursue my dream.
Do any of you crafters find yourself in the same situation? Pulled between a "real job" and a real job you love? How are you managing your time? I would love to hear from you!