I like my job, I enjoy what I do! It gives me great satisfaction to see how far some of my kiddos have gotten and the improvement that happens within a couple of months of speech therapy still astonishes me! The only thing with my profession is that it’s not very flexible in terms of scheduling and juggling personal events. I have found myself missing out on a lot of small things in my son’s life. Yes, I know that when you have a full-time job, you sometimes have to make sacrifices. In this case, I am sacrificing being present at some of my son’s events. Truth be told, this really bums me out! I know that as a single parent, it’s impossible for me to be everywhere at the same time.
I need to have a steady job to provide for my son, but at the same time I don’t want to miss out on things like going on field trips with him, taking him to sports’ practices, cheering him on at his jog-a-thon. Heck! Even having that time after school to help him out with his homework.
I had a very serious thinking session with myself.
Where could I go from here? As a SLPA with a B.A., there’s only so much you can do and let’s face it…the pay isn’t great! In order for me to be making a significant higher amount of money, I would have to go back to school (2-3 years of grad school: NO LIFE) and then still complete a fellowship year afterwards to get certified. This would mean sacrificing more time that I already don’t have. And for what? To still be doing the same thing: spending so much time away from my son and my family.
Mmmm…..I don’t think so.
I don’t want to do that!
I have made it a resolution of mine to find a different line of work, but from home. I want to be able to work from home and have that flexibility in my schedule and not miss out on things that I consider important and that, as a mother, I should be present for.
I have marked it on my calendar:
June 14, 2015
I will make this happen! I know that it’s definitely possible, there are so many online opportunities out there and I’m not talking about the “get rich quick” schemes. I know its going to take some time to figure out exactly what I will be doing, but this is something that I am extremely serious about! And I have my son as one of my greatest motivations to follow through with this goal of mine.
It will be done!