Archive | January 2015

Tax Season

This tax season started early for me this year.  I work with Jackson Hewitt and they love to work me to the bone.  Right now, I’m working 8-hour shifts.  And they are giving me 2-3 days off a week until the end of the month.  But after that, I’ll be working 10-hour shifts and soon 12-hour shifts.  With, might I add, hardly any days off.  That’s right people, I’ll be working 7 days a week (and only Sunday’s are 1-5, a 4-hour shift).  I’ll be getting tons of OT (over-time), but I won’t get to be home with the kiddos as much. Not to mention pumping will be very difficult for me.

I pump every few hours, usually around noon and 3 pm.  But with the 12 hour shifts, I’ll have to do it noon, 3 pm, and possible 6 pm.  If they will let me.  And legally they have to, because I need to go home to pump.  I can’t inside WalMart due to no place to go.  This will definitely be one of my more fun tax seasons.  Let’s see how this plays out.

(Also, forgot to say.  When I was contemplating quitting, I ending up getting a $0.50 raise and a 1% increase on my bonus.  Now I’m getting paid as a 4th year tax preparer and in charge of so much more!)

To Delete or Not to Delete, That is the Question…

I have been debating for a while now on whether or not to delete this blog and begin a new one.  My only reasoning is that I don’t get very many readers these days. Even if I posted once a day, I still wouldn’t get a single reader. Perhaps I’ll start a new one regarding the everyday life of a mother of 2, or a working mom, or something along those lines.  Or just random scribbles.  Or just delete and not write a single thing.

Ponder on that a while readers. Let me know (if any of you read this anymore…)

Careers

I’ve often wondered if the career path I have chosen is the right one for me.  I have a bachelor’s in accounting, which I finished even after having my first child.  The only problem is that I can’t seem to get a job with that degree, other than Jackson Hewitt doing taxes (which anyone can do, mind you).  The reasoning from potential employers: “You need more experience.”  Well, my simple (and logical) question is this: How am I supposed to get more experience, if no one will hire me in order to get the experience I need?

I’ve been job hunting for over a year now since I moved from one state to another.  And still nothing.  Same reasoning behind every possibility of a job: I need more experience.  I’m to the point that I’m giving up on this degree that I worked so hard for because it isn’t making me happy.  I’m stressed because I can’t find a job in my field.  And I’m stressed because even just doing taxes during January through April is annoying and stressful and makes me very unhappy.  (They work me to the bone.  7 days a week, 8 hours a day… If not more..)

So, the question on everyone’s mind is this: How do I find a career that makes me happy? What should I do to be happy with the career I think is right for me?

My husband asked me this very question last night and it made me sit and think.  And I admitted to myself that I’m not happy doing this accounting thing, I’m not happy one bit.  So, what do I do?  I started looking into teaching professions.  Since I already have a bachelor’s in something, what’s my next step?  If not full-time teaching, then maybe I should just be a sub.  I would be on call all year and I could still spend time with my kids!  But it had me thinking again, what do I have to do to become a substitute teacher?  Everywhere I look, it just brings be back to getting a degree in teaching.  I’ve been told that I don’t need to do anything to become a sub, just fill out an app at a school.  Is that true?  Is it really that simple?

Honestly, I don’t think so now days.  I feel like every time I find a solution to become happy, I get stumped with another problem.  And these problems I keep facing are driving me crazy and stressing me out to where it affects every aspect of my life (and I mean every aspect).

I wish things in life were simple.  That I could do something that makes me happy and brings in money.  I don’t want a hobby, although that would be the easy way out.  I want a job that doesn’t stress me out and doesn’t cause me to work 50+ hours a week.  I want a job that allows me to spend time with my family and have time to do things, like clean my house.  Don’t get me wrong, I love being a stay-at-home mommy for my kids, but I need something to do, right? Maybe I’ll look into kids books or blogging for cash or crocheting blankets.  Well, we will see after this tax season, wish me luck!

And be happy readers!