A couple weeks ago I received a letter from the Ministry of Education. Basically they aren’t renewing my contract for next year- feeling enough French teachers going into the field have been adequately trained to teach English. They’ll only call me if they have a hole to fill. (Which is basically what they did this year, and lemme tell you, patching up a hole in this system is complete chaos)
So come this July, I will be unemployed indefinitely and my husband and I decided it’s time for me to get a ‘real’ job. As in- a full time job instead of part time. I have no idea what I’ll end up doing. Large companies get a tax reduction for every unemployment candidate they take on, so it’s possible I'll get recruited doing some kind of translation or bilingual secretarial work. In any case, it’ll be a 9-5 position with fewer vacation and days off than I’ve had the last three years.
Which leaves me wondering…how the hell am I going to reconcile writing, blogging, and taking care of house’n’home -all while working full time?
When I see what a struggle it is just to keep up with the hours I’m working now, I can’t help fearing next year it will all just fall to the wayside. If for some reason my newest project gets no interest, will I even have time to continue with the process?
Could this mean the end of Creepy Query Girl?
Dun dun dun!
Then it hit me. Ask your blogging friends. I know you’re out there. Very few of us have the leisure of ‘taking time off to write’. Many of you work full time jobs, have children and still manage to master the blogging and writing world.
How do you do it? And I don’t just mean things like ‘it’s a matter of organization, Katie.’
But how do you organize? What sacrifices have you had to make? …If your S.O. hit the road…your children run barefoot and hairy through the house scourging for food… or your home looks like a candidate for ‘Hoarders’, I need to know if that’s what my future has in store. (pfft, future? That sounds kind of like what most of my present days are like.)
So please. Share your secrets.