(The second thing I was advised to slash from the household budget was the yard man. Again, that would have been difficult as the yard man is also the father of my children. And for the record, that man can cultivate a lawn like nobody's business.)
But back to the cleaning lady thing....I must admit, my house is usually pretty tidy as I abhor clutter. But today you can literally eat off of the floors. In fact, I may serve the next meal right on the hardwoods. (note to self: do not make soup for dinner). I spent the entire day dusting, scrubbing toilets, vacuuming up dust bunnies (the one under my bed was the size of a small child) and cleaning the tile floor in my downstairs bathroom with a toothbrush. I changed the sheets on 3 beds, I did 4 loads of laundry, I put together the makings of an exquisite shrimp dinner AND I prepared chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.
I tell you this not because I am looking for kudos, but because I delight in my sense of accomplishment.
As pathetic as it sounds, I don't always get to experience that feeling. My kids are at the age where I no longer help them achieve milestones. My daughter has been potty trained for 10 years, my son mastered his r's, both kids can tie their own shoes and they look both ways before crossing the street. The only thing I can really help them with these days is their homework, and who am I kidding...I have great difficulty with my son's 3rd grade math....and he knows it...and so very rarely asks for help. Needless to say, when I feel a sense of accomplishment, I relish in it.
The beauty of cleaning my house is that it's instant gratification. One minute there is an orange ring around the toilet bowl, the next it is gone. Ahhh, it's the simple things. My desire to feel that sense of accomplishment is the reason I've been thinking about rejoining the workforce. (And yes, I realize that my timing is impeccable.) I've been thinking about going back to work since my son was in 1st grade; he's now in 3rd....it's time. I'm not looking to become a CEO, I just want a part time gig that gives me a sense of accomplishment and brings in a little spending money. And who knows, maybe if I make enough money, I can outsource the cleaning. (bite your tongue - that will never happen)
I blogged about my desire to go back to work in today's online Charlotte Observer. Click here to read it.
And...I'm very happy to report that I have accepted a part part part part time gig with a very talented speaker/author/consultant. He's not famous, yet, but when I get done promoting his services he will be. You'll want to book him for your next speaking engagement. But you'll have to go through me to do so...and I can just imagine the sense of accomplishment that it will bring me when I help grow his business. And I bet it beats the feeling of satisfaction that comes with vacuuming up a killer dust bunny.
Wish me luck....