I have now finished my 7th week of working full time and I've noticed a lot of changes in our life. Some were obviously going to happen, others less so...
When you work full-time you sew less. Yes really. Didn't you know? At the end of a day of work, even an easy day plus the kid/home stuff, it is near impossible to sit at my sewing machine. It's just too hard. I can't even manage to crochet, knit or cut. I just play on the computer, reading about other people's sewing adventures and watch TV.
When you work full-time (for me) your house is cleaner. You and the kids aren't there to trash the joint, but also, your free moments are too short to start a sewing activity, so you just set about with a small tidy-task. '10 minutes till the kiddo's bus arrives. Clean the breakfast dishes.' '8 minutes till you have to collect the young ones. Pick up Lego.' I'm also finding that to prevent Saturday from being a massive clean up day, I'm doing a small chore each day. Just one load of laundry or something similar, helps make Saturday a little more fun.
When you work full-time, you have more money, but you don't have time to spend it. Shopping online is fine, but when your passion is sewing clothes, not buying clothes and your sewing time is next to nil, there comes a point when you can't justify buying fabric and patterns.... Thankfully, my holiday sewing binge is still fresh in my mind...
When you work full-time, you eat a little healthier. I make the kids relatively simple lunches - sandwich, fruit, yogurt and a bikkie or two. When I have the day at home, I sometimes substitute breakfast for coffee, and mostly skip lunch for a few afternoon handfuls of Doritos or sweet bikkies. When you work, especially in a role with set eating times, you need breakfast. You also need to eat lunch. For me it's the same simple lunch as the kids.
Working full time is good. Well, right now it is and I'm enjoying it, but I'm looking forward to having a little more weekday time with the kids.
Tell me, how do you manage work and hobbies? Are there any hidden benefits that you find to working?
The obligatory blog pic.
Please excuse the rambling post. I have two almost finished items that I will hopefully knock over this week for 'Show and Tell' with you next week.
Note: Working full-time is still hard. I'm not just cruising through. I don't want you to think this is a 'how good am I?' post. My kids still have tantrums and meltdowns. In fact we only have nuclear meltdowns in this house now. Wine and coffee are still essential food groups in my diet. Got it? Good.