Friday, November 02, 2007

Workin' 9 to 5 (What a Way to Make a Livin')



Just call me Dolly. Minus the majestic mammaries (how's that for alliteration?)

I've accepted a job offer. Full-time. In Boston.

Let's rewind, shall we?

I've been working in law firms as a paralegal for over 10 years now. After Eldest was born, I quit the rat race. I had been commuting into Boston for over 2 years. Time for a change and a priority shift to family.

Since then, I have been lucky enough to be able to keep my feet wet in my profession by working part-time. For the past 4 years (and 2 pregnancies), I have been employed by a husband and wife in their small firm as the only paralegal. They have treated me wonderfully and it has truly been a family-friendly opportunity.

But Hubby and I aren't getting anywhere financially. We're like hamsters spinning around and around that frickin' wheel. Sure, we're fine. We can certainly keep on truckin'--just doing what we're doing, living paycheck-to-paycheck, but we're both exhausted from the sheer stress of living this way. And never getting ahead.

Me going back to work full-time should alleviate some lots of financial pressure.

I have been offered a job as a Senior Paralegal (a real title!) in the Legal Division of a corporation, making enough money for us to pay off some debts, yet start saving at the same time. I will (finally) have a 401K. And 4 weeks paid vacation.

I have chosen to do this now, while the boyz are younger. As they get older, I realize that after-school activities and homework will become the norm. I very much hope to be at home at this time.

This was (and continues to be) a gut-wrenching decision. But it's one I believe is the right one at this point in our lives. For us. For our future.

I start December 3.

29 comments:

Jessica @ A Bushel and a Peck said...

Wow...good luck!!! Its a huge step, but always living with the stress isn't a good idea. I hope everything turns out great! We are having money woes of our own at my house, and looking for solutions too...sigh.

Barb said...

Congratulations. And remember that there are no career police so if, after a few months, you change your mind, or you go to dental school or you take over the large corporation, we're all behind you. We moms have to craft the lives that makes the most sense for us and our families. No one else matters. (Funny, I was just writing about this the other day.)

Barb

PS: Last night, at about 2:00, my husband got up to go to the bathroom and I considered, I honestly considered jumping out at him and saying "RAH!" I'm embarrassed to tell you that I giggled for about a half an hour after he came back to bed...

Anonymous said...

But what about the Blog?

Annie said...

Congratulations and best wishes in your new job! I can imagine what a hard decision this must have been - I'm sure you'll all do great with this though!

Worker Mommy said...

As I mentioned yesterday it's a challenge but in the end I'm doing it for my family.
Do not at any time let yourself feel guilty or let anyone else do that to you as some might since there seems to be the ongoing debate about sahm vs WOHM. It's silly. We're all moms doing the best we can for our family.

Good luck!!!!

Amanda said...

Sounds like a great decision. And I find that life brings you what you need if you are willing to keep your eyes open, who knows, maybe another door will open in Boston...

hqm said...

Congratulations and best wishes!

Smiling Mom said...

Yeay! Congratulations. Hamster Wheel....that soo describes my life right now!

Kate said...

Good for you... I hope everything moves just as smoothly as your highest hopes.

Heather, Queen of Shake-Shake said...

Good luck with the change!

Mrs. Chicky said...

Hooray! I think this is great. It will be a transition but you'll get used to it.

But I don't suppose it will afford to keep your husband as a stay at home dad, like he wanted huh? ;)

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

Congratulations, Sarah! Good luck with your new job!

Patois said...

Good luck to you. I hope it works out for you and yours. And, wow, a title! I'm humbled.

Kerry said...

We'll go back together! I am starting back full time MONDAY after being off or part time for the last 3plus years. It's not an easy decision but you (I) am doing it for the family also. I feel lucky that I am able to do this. When they offered you the job (titel and money!) did you feel great? Like you still had what it takes?! Best of luck!!

Daisy said...

Good luck! You've made a very thoughtful decision. I hope the new job is enjoyable, too; that makes a world of difference.

Ladybug's Picnic said...

Good luck to you - I personally love working full time, and like someone else said before, working part-time usually translates to working full-time for part-time money anyway.

4 weeks vacation ain't bad either!

BOSSY said...

A job. Boston. Please excuse Bossy as she slips into a jealousy coma.

Hey - Bossy is up for an award. Come on over and cast a vote. Do you like the way Bossy said that? 'Cast'? Because things are really official over at Weblog Awards. It's not like you can cast more than one vote or anything, every 24-hours. (You can, you can!)

Shell in the City said...

Congrats from one Senior Paralegal to another!!

Chaotic Joy said...

I know this was a hard decision for you. You must feel better just to have it made it. I hope it brings the security you need.

Deb said...

Congratulations, you big career gal!

I think you're right -- kids always need you, but they need you more when they're older and so easily influenced by peers. If I had to make a choice between being home now or being home later on, I'd be working now.

You're doing what's right for your family right now. You can always quit a job and return home if you change your mind. Let those knots in your stomach loosen and enjoy your new gig.

tulipmom said...

Best of luck Sarah. I hope it will be a relatively easy transition for you and your family.

Kelly said...

Congrats! It will work out great, and never underestimate the power of a title!

Angela said...

I guess we have to do what we have to do.
I finished my firstweek as a working mom yea!
good luck.

a happier girl said...

I know it's hard. But you can do it! And maybe you'll enjoy it too. When my husband went out of town for 5 weeks, it was sad how much I'd enjoy getting a little adult conversation when I was at work.

Bananas said...

something weird is going on in the cosmos. last night I was out waaay too late and sang karaoke in a bad bar in China town to "workin' nine to five". Then this morning I get online and see the link to this post in the BlogHer ad section of my blog and of COURSE I had to click on it.

But enough about ME... good luck YOU. There are definitely up-sides to being a workin' girl. AND, like you say, I also believe that being around when the kids are older is even more important. GOOD LUCK!

Buford Betty said...

Best of luck with the new job!!

Amy said...

Congrats! It is a mixed blessing, working and having those pesky needy adorable tots. Doable though. Good luck!

Cherann said...

Good luck! I know how you feel about the money situation. I've been lackadaisically trying to find a job out here, but to no avail. A lot of people have been laid off in California and so there's all these unemployed people that are fresh out of the work force. Their "freshness" is found to be more appealing than my stale mommy self.

Whirlwind said...

Wow congrats! With my youngest set to start preschool next year (and then full time kindergarten the year after), I still haven't decided what I want to do. I'm leaning on going back to school but I just don't know. It will be nice to be able to contribute financially to the family though.

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