Writing is like working out or eating healthy. Doing it every day is really hard. You’ll stumble upon challenges, roadblocks, and get distracted. You might lose progress or your sanity. But all are worthy commitments and causes. I’ve learned during my fitness journey that eating healthy and working out is a lifestyle. Mirriam-Webster defines “lifestyle” […]
When I first started working from home, I struggled with distraction. Every 20 minutes I’d find a dog to pet, dishes or clothes to wash, or something shiny to look at. My phone would buzz and I would check it, only to be on it for 15 more minutes, scrolling away when I should be […]
Working from home is amazing, but like any other job, it has its own unique challenges. Before I started this journey a few months ago, all I wanted to do was spend more time at home. I loved my coworkers, but I was physically exhausted and mentally drained most of the time from working 50-60 […]
When I first learned that my husband and I were going to work on a food truck for a week, I was excited. I had visions of my husband and I working in a cute, little food truck, deep frying foods and handing out overpriced fountain drinks in large cups. Boy, was I wrong. First […]
When I first started my search for a remote job, it was out of desperation. I needed to find a new job (for reasons mentioned in this blog post). I applied to so many jobs. Full-time and part-time. In Michigan and outside of the state. I just wanted something. Anything. I had phone interviews galore, […]
In the past two months, I have had to say goodbye to two part-time jobs in order to pursue one full-time job. Leaving both jobs was difficult. I’ll miss my coworkers and the job duties. But mostly, I’m sad to leave the library patrons.
I’m going to miss patron A who calls my by first name and gets excited when he sees me, asking if we have more Star Wars books (again). Will the person who replaces me understand that this kid is special in so many ways?
I’m going to miss patron B who’s snarky jokes made me smile every Saturday morning and reminded me of my father’s and grandfather’s humor. I’ll have to call Dad more and ask that he tells me more jokes.
Will the person who replaces me know that patron C is mute and communicates through her tablet? Will he/she realize that patron D looks 25 but has a lower reading level and prefers the youth nonfiction books about trains?
Will he/she ask their new coworkers how their days are going because sometimes working this job can be demanding, especially when the rest of life is difficult?
Goodbye, reference and circulation desks. Thank you for all you’ve taught me. I promise to visit. I’ll just be on the other side of the counter.