"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
Over the past week, I've had some big changes at work. I eluded to what was happening a little last week (or so). This past Monday was my first day in my "new" position, and although it is temporary, I will be in my new job for the next several months for sure. I am being given an opportunity to learn a lot of new things at work, that could eventually help me earn a better income. Unfortunately I was left with no training, but luckily I have a supportive boss and understanding staff at the school I work at. I will definitely have "hands-on" training on good days, or "trial by fire" on more challenging days.
Our entire staff is facing challenges of it's own with the budget crisis California is dealing with, and in particular the cuts being made to education. We are losing several wonderful teachers on our campus and many more district-wide. It will be a bittersweet end to our school year, one that will affect us all in one way or another. It's so important we all try to remain positive to help keep the morale up.
With the changes I'm dealing with at work, and the chores I have in my garden with spring here, I have had to make some decisions about what I have time for and what I don't. I've decided that my baking is going to have to be put on the back burner for a little while. Several factors helped me make this decision...1) Too many sweets hanging around my house, lots of "taste" testing and leftovers. 2) Time - there's just never enough...baking is time consuming and messy. 3) Priorities - I have a lot more responsibilities at work right now, with a lot more to focus on I may need to stay late sometimes while I'm learning the new job. It's a little overwhelming right now, which can wear a person out...so standing on my feet baking and cleaning up from it for an addtional hour, or two, or three after I get home from working an 8+ hour day is not sounding too apealing right now.
As a single mom, I already struggle with finding the time and energy to spend quality time with my kids and get all the house and yard chores done each week. I usually spend most of my weekends on these tasks, but I also know it's important to have some "down-time" too. I have been trying to make time to read more like I used to, and I'm still working on my custom candy bars, which I can work on before I go to sleep at night or very early in the morning before work. I'm finding my 6 hours of sleep aren't always giving me the rest I need to work all day, fix dinner, tackle a few chores. Getting to bed definitely needs to be a priority, as is finding time to exercise more. With the weather warming up, I like to spend more time outdoors, and baking does not go along with that...I still love to bake, but the pressure of taking orders and having a deadline are more than I want to deal with, for now, at least.
I'm excited for this week to be over, as my youngest daughter and I are taking a little road trip and will head to Southern CA to visit my daughter in college and my sister and nieces. I love these four girls and can't wait to spend a few days hanging out with them. When I get home, I hope to work in my backyard and put in my garden, it's all cleared out and ready for planting.
I wish you all many positive opportunities...no matter how difficult they seem.
This is my sister, Lori on the left, isn't she gorgeous? And not a drop of make-up even! With her, and below is my beautiful little niece India.