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More on my work changes and upcoming remodel!

September 3rd, 2014 at 12:41 am

I am humbled by the well wishes from everyone regarding my post yesterday. I mentioned changes at work- which is something I have pondered for several months actually, but didn't think Id really do it.

Looking back, opportunities and more responsibility just kept coming at work-and it was flattering to be trusted to take on more and more, my department grew-which meant more people to supervise, but my core job duties still had to get done- only they were multiplied because of our company's growth. Sometime during the past several months, I realized that I wasn't happy. My job became the only thing I had energy to focus on- work crept into lunches then evenings and the past several months, many weekends...dread began to fill my Sunday evenings. At 53 years old, with a family I adore, my focus just seemed backwards. I loved having money to splurge on my family, but money does not replace time to spend with them or energy to enjoy it when I do.

So- I will move into something different in the next few weeks after I get back from vacation. I am very grateful that my job is creating a new position to fit my strengths and my new responsibilities will include things I enjoy doing. I am truly blessed that they are making this such and easy thing emotionally to do. Financially, ouch. My cut will be about $14 an hour...but I will still make what I consider a decent salary and will retain my seniority and vacation time (5 weeks a year)- which is SO important to me. And most important, the workload and management expectations will be reduced.

The weird thing for me is that I have always been climbing...working my way up. Taking a step back is foreign to me, and not something many at my job do- so it will be foreign to others too.

So- what do you do with the budget in order to do this? Thankfully, we don't live paycheck to paycheck. And thankfully, we have paid everything off except our house and the 5th wheel we bought to travel in when we retire.

I wont splurge as much, will reduce the budgets for Christmas, birthdays, vacations, etc. And we will have to be more conscientious about things we do to the big house. We wont cut our 401k contributions and will continue to save what we can for rainy days.

And we will hopefully start to see the benefits of the change in our grocery bill when we don't eat out so much! And then there are the bullets I will dodge in doctor bills by being less stressed.

I haven't updated on little Z (foster child) in a while- his world is so different these days. He is still with his mom and they are living in a homeless mission - although they have to leave there tomorrow-and she has no plan of where to go. She has a new boyfriend that she met in rehab and he has been out of jail for a few weeks now- just long enough that they are pregnant. This will be the 3rd child for each of them (not together-so 6 total) and they do not have custody or support any of them- besides Z- and the state supports Z. Thankfully, she needs lots of breaks and lets us have Z often. It is heartbreaking- I want so badly for her to figure out life but she continues to make really bad decisions.

On a happier note- I am enjoying a staycation this week. We are working on the big house and are getting things cleaned up to start some much needed remodel. THe work will start in October and hopefully will be done enough so that I can move in by Thanksgiving.

7 Responses to “More on my work changes and upcoming remodel!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Oh, I had forgotten Z was with his mom. It's good you get to see him, but boy that is going to be a hard life if the mother doesn't get things figured out.

  2. Looking Forward Says:

    Congratulations on reducing your stress! Big Grin
    I'm so glad you all still get lots of time with Z.
    But what is his mama thinking bringing another baby into her f-up life?!?!

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Oh, I am beyond frustrated with her LF and her mom is EXCITED about this. I don't get it at all.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    It sounds as though you have made a really good decision regarding your job. I hope that you'll be able to really enjoy the extra time it offers.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    So sad about little Z. At least he will have your family to lean on in some measure.

    I totally understand about stepping back at work. Money is only worth so much. A quality life is much more important!

  6. PNW Mom Says:

    Glad you are enjoying your time off and will hopefully be less stressed in the future.
    Can't for the life of me figure out why the state thinks Z is better off now than he was before with your family? It seems it would be much better for them to have let your daughter adopt him and maybe let his mom have visitation? Heartbreaking......

  7. SecretarySaving Says:

    I wonder if she fails a drug test or doesn't meet her parole or probation requirements if you guys will have first dibs on getting the new baby too. To keep the kids together. Sometimes that happens. Keep being there for Z. You all will be the first person she thinks of to leave Z with and eventually she might just leave Z with you all for good, in time. Hang in there! We all hope history doesn't repeat itself and that things get better!

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