Day one of the double job life

Pretty sure the title sums up the momentousness of today. I had to adjust my profile just now to accurately summarize my new title. I have had a part time job with an amazing entrepreneur/ friend of mine for the past 5 years or so. We make products with a purpose- meaning that they were designed for specific problems that people have.

Yeah I’m gonna go ahead and give you the link. Very cool stuff. Imagine deeply researched and formulated skin care products and authentic pure essential oils. I guarantee if you have a problem- she’s already thought of it and made the solution.

There were long periods of time where I couldn’t work for her though. Most recently after my youngest was born and didn’t want to be away from the breast milk longer than an hour at a time. Naturally that makes it hard to get any work done. We did try though.

I went back to work with her before my trip home near the end of July and since returning I’d like to think that we’ve been pretty consistently getting some hours in. Just like when I cheat at losing weight the lack of results speak for themselves a similar thing happens when I work for her. When I’m there she is able to focus on marketing and the orders come rolling in.

We like to joke that every time I get the product stocked up to my liking someone would come and order most of it. The truth though is that it’s usually how it works. So even though I’ve still considered myself a stay at home mom the truth is I have been working for quite a while.

I give you this background to remind you that I am working currently and I can set my hours. My boss is awesome at working with last minute schedule changes, sick kids, appointments. You name it. I have literally never been fired, although I sometimes joke that she is fired. I have the most stable job with her and I like what I do. I don’t know if I can even began to describe all the stuff I have learned from her in the time I’ve been there.

This is why when I went looking for another job I knew that it would be in addition to this one. Not as a replacement for it. Early on in this job I became friends with my boss. I respect her, I like to be around her. I trust her with my life. I have literally called her crying about things completely non work related and she has talked me through it more times that I can count. Probably not typical workplace behavior, but this isn’t a typical job. You may remember how I said when I find people truly worthy of keeping I hang on to them? Yeah- she’s one of those.

Realistically my boss is a one woman wrecking crew. She literally does everything to run her company while I mostly help make the product and ship orders. Like I said when she doesn’t have to do those two things she can focus on marketing and the orders take off. I know she would love to have me there more hours a day than I’m able to work right now- and we will get there. It’s already happening. When it gets into full swing I will drop any other part time job like a hot potato. No problems.

Until then however I felt pressured to find another means of making money. Long story short I applied for and got a job at a craft store. Tonight was my first night working there.

It was……. interesting. I’ve never felt old (seriously I’m barely over 30!) but tonight I did. I worked with about 5 or 6 other people who ranged in age from 17–24 at most. Plus the night manager who probably had me beat by about 20 years or so. Being trained by someone who is barely old enough to vote was interesting.

It wasn’t overly complicated and it wasn’t very stressful. At one point I’m pretty sure I caught a shoplifter though. Yup- on my very first night. Don’t worry- I’m trained for this guys! I got the mom voice/face rockin 24/7 nowadays! Seriously though I just told the managers and they took care of it.

Anyway I worked a full day for my real job, and then 4 and a half hours for this part time job. My feet are a little sore but other than that no problems on day one. Let’s hope I can manage this for a few weeks at least. Don’t worry the gym is still very much happening and I will figure out when to squeeze in my kickboxing again. Thanks to the awesome flexibility and support of my real boss (who is also on a similar food plan) I am able to workout prior to working for her.

So shout out to my friend/boss- thanks for being super flexible and amazing to work for/with. Also shout out to the people who work two jobs all the time that probably looked at this and laughed. I know you are professionals at this by now but if you wanna share any tips I’d love to hear them!

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