“I have never held a traditional job longer than 9 months. And even that job, working at Barnes n’ Noble, was split: 5 months in the Detroit area, one month off and then 4 months in Seattle…”
So begins the introduction to my Work at Home classes. It wasn’t until I fully embraced being “Queen of the Random Job” and accepted this bizarre life of mine that it really became a badge of honor. I was raised in a very traditional middle class home with a mother who was a teacher for over 30 years, and a father who was a newspaper editor for over 40. Getting a normal, steady, secure job was just expected. Even though I never knew what that job would be.
And then, in 1996, my 91-year-old grandfather passed away. I was 20, working and going to college in Detroit, and preparing to move across the country to Seattle. My sister was 23 and living in Memphis. His death had a significant impact on us both, and I remember how heartbroken my sister was, dissolving into tears because she couldn’t get time off of work to go to the funeral. The job she had wasn’t on a career path, it was a bookseller position at a regional chain, and I told her I thought she should quit. She said she simply couldn’t. Jobs were hard to come by, and she was barely making ends meet as it was. I know it was a difficult decision for her, and while I supported her, it was hard for me to understand.
That moment had a profound effect on me. I vowed to never be in a position where a company held so much power over my life. If I was working, I wanted it to be flexible. I wanted to be able to take time off when I needed to, travel when I wanted to, and have the knowledge that no matter what, I was living a life that I created on my terms, rather than by someone else’s schedule.
Of course, it is never as easy as it sounds. There have been times where I have wondered where my next paycheck was coming from, when I have been scammed out of significant money because I didn’t see (or want to see) the signs, and when I just wanted to give up because the learning curve was so steep.
But I love my life. I love teaching others how to change their mindset when it comes to money and earning income. I love the flexibility that I have, the security knowing that I can always find work no matter where I am, and the knowledge that as long as I continue to learn and grow, my skills and talents will always be in demand.
My life and my freedom will always be more important than a steady paycheck.
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