Monday, September 21, 2015

Love Hate Relationship?

Eh, I think both words are too strong for how I feel about substitute teaching. It's more like any other job people have--a necessity for paying bills.

There are lucky people who really enjoy what they do, but lots of people just go to work because they have to. I think I'm somewhere in the middle.

What I don't like:

  • Being somewhere different every day
  • Getting the phone call at 6:45 AM (this is right after I get all my kids out the door for school)
  • Not having time to exercise or really plan healthy eating
  • Coming home with a headache so all I want to do is hide in my room
  • Too tired to write, blog, market or anything else
  • I'm not finishing projects in my house--like unpacking!

What I do like:

  • Once the bills are caught up I can say no
  • I can work every day if I want
  • The kids aren't that bad. I actually like some of them. ;)
  • Getting dressed and going out in public everyday is good for me
  • I did block off days for a Writer's Conference and a Writing Retreat in October without guilt
All in all, it's probably good that I'm subbing. It's a help while we carry two mortgages and two sets of utilities. However, I really hope my house sells before my editor is finished with our first round of edits. 

I feel like I've been absent from the blogosphere forever! What's going on in your lives?


  1. It's probably not every day, so it does give you some time you wouldn't have with a full time job.

  2. That's a little like my job. I just started the 6am shift and told my boss I didn't mind doing it. I don't, but getting up at 5:30am and working for 8 hours is rough. The plus, I have from 2pm to do whatever I want. Although it usually ends up being a nap.

  3. One of the things I love about subbing is being someplace different every day. As for healthy eating, it's just a matter of planning things out that will work when you're not home all day. After you've figured that out, it becomes habit.

    Can you call in advance for gigs? I'm not a fan of the early morning wake up call either, so I try to call ahead as much as I can.

  4. I find that teaching part-time helps to give my life balance. I tend not to think about healthy eating. I just eat what I like (which is everything apart from fruit) but in moderation. That's unless I am feeling a bit glum - then the chocolate cake has to be baked.

  5. Well subbing would do it. It's nice to have something you can rely on if you need the cash, but I hear you about being too exhausted to do the other things. Just homeschooling the littles is enough to kill my brain/motivation.


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