Most of you know that I’ve owned my own business for the last 10 years … or rather that it’s owned me.  Talk about having a tiger by the tail!  I’ve never felt that I was really in charge, but more like the business was happening “to” me rather than “through” me.  Because I’m not the world’s greatest accountant and over the years I’ve made quite a mess of the books, no matter what accounting system I’ve tried, I’ve got a good bit of debt and a lot of resentment towards this animal that was supposed to “let me be my own boss.”  Ha!

I’m filling out an application for Hobby Lobby – they are hiring, and it looks like a good job opportunity.  Full time employees can make about $10 an hour, have benefits, etc.  Since turning over the joint checkbook to my husband, he’s done wonderful things with our debt, getting things paid on time and getting things paid down, if not completely paid off just yet.  My proposal to him earlier today was that I try to secure a job with Hobby Lobby (or some similar business, although Hobby Lobby is quite enticing since they are closed on Sundays) …. I would then give him my HL paychecks and he would use them to pay off my business debt.  I know that sounds a little medieval with me handing over the checks – but the fact is, since handing the home finances over to him, I’ve not had to do without anything that I really needed or wanted.  He is a very gracious and generous “accountant” and so I don’t fear that he would handle this arrangement poorly.  It would be quite the relief to me to have a steady paycheck to chisel away at the debt, rather than continuing to grow the Montana-sized ulcer I have worrying about where the next blind job is coming from in order to make my minimum monthly payments.

While I have no illusions that this would be an “easy” job (what retail job is?), I think it would be fun from the standpoint that I love creative endeavors and I enjoy dealing with the public.  A few years ago I worked Christmas help at the local Hallmark shop and I really enjoyed it.  It was frantic and crazy, but a lot of fun to help people find the perfect gift, to wish them a good day, etc.  I’m hoping to (a) get the job, (b) get evening shifts, so (c) Jami and I can do lessons during the day and then I’ll go to work when her daddy gets home.  I don’t mind working until close, so hopefully that will go in my favor?  We’ll see!

I’ll keep you posted.

4 thoughts on “A Steady Paycheck

  1. Sounds like a great plan! And having one person in a relationship who has the skills to handle the money take cahrge of the banking is a wonderful idea…not the least bit archaic. We each have skill sets in our lives where we excel, and handling those areas in a relationship simply makes sense!

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  2. Gotta’ go by and get another application … I messed this one up!  Fortunately they have them near the door, so I don’t have to look like an idiot asking for another one.  My previous job experience is kind of weird.  I mean I’ve been my own boss for the last 10 years and there was some overlap from when I used to teach scrapbooking classes.  There have been times when I’ve done two or three different things at once (contract secretarial work, scrapbooking consultant and blind/shutter salesperson all concurrently) … and it’s hard to figure out how to put all that on there!  

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  3. It sounds like a wise endeavor… but don’t tie yourself to any one company – you can simply tell the others that you don’t work on [said] day due to religious convictions.  They usually work with people on that.

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