Thursday, January 29, 2009

PSF: To Work Part Time or Not....????????

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Me at my desk....this was taken last year as we were moving into our new office:

Advice Needed:

Lately, i have been feeling completely overwhelmed...I am struggling at home, work, with the kids, friends etc... trying to keep it together (as I'm sure you can tell from reading some of my recent posts)!! I have always been a very kept-together, independent, positive woman; but lately I am starting to feel beat down!! I feel like I can't get enough done around the house and that I am always missing time at work because somebody is at the doctor or appt or teacher meeting or field trip or volunteering or whatever!! I want to be a good, involved, not crabby (because of stress) mom-- I want to be a good house-keeper, and be able to stay on top of things better-- I want to be a good wife (or whatever Joe and I call each other)!!

Anyway, I have been given the opportunity to work part time; I will work 3 days a week and have the other 2 days to do whatever.I.want. I can do things around the house, get grocery shopping done, schedule all appointments...shoot, sometimes I can even just LAY AROUND if I feel like it!! And in having these extra 2 days-- sans kids--- I feel like I will be able to "breathe"; give myself some "rest"....not feel so pressured!!

My only concern is: Is it really worth it?? Is it worth taking a pay cut just to have those two extra days?? Is it worth losing half of my PSP and retirement money each year just to "give myself a break"??

I have been here for 5 (going on 6) years... I have watched this from inception and certainly will not give it all up.... but I feel like I will be a much better--happier person with just some extra time!! Any advice, comments, concerns, suggestions, experiences.....?


Rachel said...

If you can afford it or make sacrifices you can live with definately do it.

email me at and I will send you the focus group info!

Michelle said...

I say if you can afford to work part time you should go for it!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

sometimes we mommas need to be a bit selfish - we forget that A LOT!
Take the time - for now - you can always go back FT in a year after you catch up!

Missy said...

More time for us moms is never a bad thing.

Pam Emmons said...

I work VERY part time teaching fitness classes, and I love it! Take some time for yourself, but allow some work time, too, just to keep a little sanity.

Anonymous said...

If you can afford to, I think you should go for it. Taking care of yourself is every bit as important as taking care of everybody and everything else. ((hugs))

Saundra@ItalianMamaGoneCrazy said...

When you are 99 years old, and your family and friends are surrounding you with love and you are on your death bed, ready to meet God... the last words on your lips WILL NOT be...

"I wish I had worked those two extra days"

Your last words will be of how much you love and adore your family.

Take the time off and enjoy your life, it's an opportunity... you are not 'doing something to yourself'. You are doing something'for' yourself.

Chris said...

Life is for living, and if you can meet your obligations, then yes, take advantage of the time. Your sanity is worth it.
As for those other things -- NO ONE is the parent, spouse or housekeeper that they think they ought to be.

I'll bet you're doing just fine.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

If you feel like you need it, then you probably do. Everyone is happier if the mom is happy!