Today I have a feeling in my soul that hasn’t been there for a long time, contentment. I have struggled with a hole in my soul that I wanted to fill with work. I want to work and help support our family.
I have worked since I was a little girl. I had a daily paper route that was a 5 day a week afternoon paper. That was my first work experience and it taught me hard work, determination and discipline. I babysat a ton then moved to waitressing all through high school. In college I always took a full class load but always worked at least 30 hours a week also. Work was important to me, it always has been.
When I moved from the Twin Cities to the small town in Rural Minnesota I left my full time job of 10 years. This was hard but also a good time to reconnect to my husband, my small daughter and we then had our son. I have done little jobs here in town. I worked at a local floral shop, a cashier at the grocery store and my main job as a substitute teacher. Both kids are in school all day I need more, my soul needed more, my family could use more. I have tried so hard this past year to find another job. A job that I could count on hours and also feel I can make some sort of difference not just keep the peace in a classroom for a day. I interviewed for a few jobs in town…NO. I applied and interviewed for so many jobs at school….NO. I needed to change the direction I was going. What to do, I know I have certain limitations with my hearing. Answering phones all day would not be a good fit for me. Numerous people talking all around me also not a good fit.
This weekend is my first hours working as a PCA, personal care attendant. I am excited, happy and at peace. I am earning money, I am helping a fellow human being, my needs are being met by being a productive citizen. I believe this will be a good fit. I know where I will be working and when I will be working. I love the stability, I love knowing a paycheck will be coming. I won’t be rich but my soul is feeling alive.