Some of you may know that I’ve been a legal secretary for some 25+ years. Up until about 8 years ago, I worked a typical 40 hour week. When I remarried my husband didn’t want me working full time and I was lucky enough to go to work for an attorney friend 32 hours a week (off on Fridays because we like to travel). Then I had a slip and fall at work (fell down 18 stairs) and was on workman’s comp for 6 months and then unemployment for another 6 months. I knew then I didn’t like being home full time. Then I went to work for a real estate company for about 2 years Monday-Thursday 9-3….eventually that led me to working for the real estate owner’s cousin, who is an attorney, 2 days a week for him and 2 days a week at the real estate company. Eventually the attorney needed me more than 2 days a week and I chose to work for him 3 days a week and left the real estate company.
Fast forward 4 years and last March my attorney “boss” and I took in another attorney, a retired judge. I continued to work 3 days a week which has worked okay but just this week we added another attorney to our little firm! What all of this means is that they need me more days and hours. I take care of my 92 year old mom on my “off time” which is a full time job itself. Not complaining, just stating a fact.
Today we had a little meeting and I was informed they need me Monday-Thursday 8-5….and I’m not a happy camper! Hubby and I talked and he has left it up to me as to what to do. I love my job, I love the guys I work with, I just don’t like giving up my Mondays and those extra hours a day. However, I have decided to give it a try with the understanding that I can be off whenever I need to. Since I haven’t worked full time for the last several years, I have obligations, mainly involving the care of my mom, that cannot be done after 5:00.
I know this new change will probably affect how I blog. I won’t get to do as many projects as I normally would. It’s just going to be hard getting back to the 8-5 grind. I know in today’s economy there are some people who would love to be offered the opportunity I am being afforded but fortunately, I don’t have to have the 40 hour a week job.
So if I don’t visit your blog or comment as much or you don’t see as many posts please know that I have not gone anywhere, I will just have to learn how to balance my time better. And if doesn’t work, then I will just do something else.
Frankly, I’m not ready to completely quit working and be home “all the time”. I love what I do and I’m good at it. I just got spoiled with my perfect days off and perfect hours!
We’ll see how this works out. Once it starts affecting my ability to care for my mom or takes time away from my husband/home, then I know what I’ll have to do!