Many of my Etsy friends will relate to the "I Quit My Day Job" success stories that occasionally appear on the Etsy blog.
Well, I didn't quit my day job. My day job quit me. I will be furloughed without pay for at least 30 days beginning December 2, 2011. I have already survived a loss of benefits and reduced hours and pay.
I am more fortunate than some of my coworkers who have also been furloughed. I have a seasonal tax job that will keep me employed nearly full-time evenings and weekends from January through mid-April, and I will be able to pick up a few (very few) preseason paid hours at the tax office in December. I also have my little Etsy shop, which will keep me busy and provide some extra income.
I am trying to think of this as an unpaid Christmas vacation – my first since 1976. I will have some precious time to spend with the grandkids while they are on Christmas break before tax season. And I will have a windfall of free time which I can easily fill with projects.My lists are always longer than my days. I will add more items to my Etsy shop and complete some handmade gifts.
When I went to our Thanksgiving Eve church service last Wednesday night, the gospel lesson was from Matthew 6:25-33. The timing was perfect. It is just what I needed to hear this week. I kept the program insert, and it is tucked in my wallet as a gentle reminder. Here is an excerpt:
Jesus said, "I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? …. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these."
Perhaps there still is a light at the end of the tunnel after all.
LeAnn aka pasqueflower
Lily of the Valley photo by Jeff on Scripture Zealot Blog
Light at the End of the Tunnel was re-pinned from a Pinterest post.