Over a year ago, I wrote a post about how I quit my part-time job to free up some more time in my life and focus on what I really cared about. At that point in my life, I was working full-time, working part-time, going to graduate school nearly full-time, trying to build a side business (which I eventually stopped), and feeling very overwhelmed. Plus, the store I worked at just wasn’t me. I quit the job, gained more free time, reduced my stress, improved my relationships, and felt much better. I never wanted to work in retail again.
Flash forward to January 2012. Money is tight, bills are high, and little is left over for savings. I work full-time as a teaching assistant in a therapeutic day school for students with severe emotional and behavioral issues. Every day is a beautiful challenge. It’s a tough job and yet, I love it. The downside? I make about $18,000 a year. For someone who has a master’s degree and certification, that is not much at all. Something needs to change.
In order to get tiny house rolling, I really need to step it up and save a lot more money than I am right now. While I am always on the lookout for a teaching position, I decided to look for a part-time job again, applying at places that I already enjoy. Shortly after applying at one place, I was offered a job. I am now a cashier an at upscale grocery store two miles from my home.
Glamorous, right? Actually, I’m very excited for this job. Employees are highly valued, the place has a high morale, everyone is very friendly and happy to be there, and it’s in a store that I love with lots of healthy food. On top of that, I’ll be able to save more money quicker as all the earnings from this job will go towards tiny house. That alone motivates me enough to persevere. I’ll have a little less time than usual in the next few months, but I don’t mind. Hard work now pays off later. I’ll still be able to create time for cooking, reading, relationships and my once-a-week-Sabbath. Tiny house, you’re getting closer!