Recently, I have had several people make the comment to me, “I’m sorry that you have to work three jobs,” or something similar. This comment always hits me as strange. This article is my response to the comments. Maybe it will bring some inspiration or a different way of looking at things.
A year ago, I was working as an evening custodian in a local elementary school. While the job was not my “dream job” by any means, I enjoyed the hours, the school environment, and the benefits that would soon be coming to me. It was not to be, though, as I became terribly ill and had to quit the job. The dust and chemicals were bad for my health and it took me almost three months to get well and gain my strength back. During that time, I pondered many things. The main thing was what I wanted to do with my life.
At that time, I was a freshman in college, so continuing with school was a given. There was no way that I was giving that up. I had my sewing business, which I have now had for 22 years, and enjoy a great deal. While I love my sewing job, doctors have told me to limit the number of hours that are spent at the sewing machine. For several months, I sewed for customers while going to school and collecting unemployment. In February, I got hired by ARAMARK for a seasonal, part-time job working at the Majestic Royals Team Store at Kauffman Stadium. As I have been a Royals fan for many years, this was like a dream come true, except that it was not year-round. In June, I became a writer for lodeplus.com. This, too, has a special meaning to me, as my goal after graduating from college is to become an inspirational speaker and writer. Writing for Examiner. com as the Cass County Inspiration Examiner is a step along the way. Since the Royals season ended, Aramark made me a year-round employee so that I work at Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium, selling merchandise for the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs.
While it can get a little crazy with the work schedule of three jobs and working on college classes at the same time, the combination meets my needs. Without one or another, my life would not be as complete as it right now. With my sewing, I get to help people, use my creativity, put my sewing skills to good use, and do other things. For ARAMARK, I get to meet people from all over the world, improve my customer service skills, and work with a bunch of great people. Writing for lodeplus.com gives me the opportunity to write about a variety of topics, take photographs, share some inspiration, and hone my writing skills and improve my Biblical knowledge at the same time. The University of Phoenix offers my degree program online and gives me a challenge with each class, as well as a great support system in my Graduation Team.
All in all, I am very content with my life as it is. Each day presents new challenges and opportunities, people to work with and work for, humor and inspiration, along with some time for family, friends, and my dog. I am quite pleased to have three jobs and am very grateful to have them. According to Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for men. Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real Master you serve.”
For me, for now, this is what works and I am enjoying every bit of it.