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Changes and someone’s listening…

It was  a busy week around here. You know how I’ve been complaining about my job for the last two years because of the super early hours? Well, two weeks ago, my boss asked me if I wanted to change positions and work from home a few days a week, setting my own hours. I, of course, jumped on it.
   It confirmed for me, even more, that someone was listening. The thing is, I’ve been praying about my job and my art goals for the year, and really wanting and needing more time to work on my artwork. Since I have to bring in an income the only option for me was  to look for another job ( which I had been looking for, but finding one to work around my husband’s schedule with a little one at home was next to impossible.). With the job I work now, The hours a week could vary. Some weeks I’d work 5 days some 2 . On days I worked, I had get up at 3 and 4 am, and not only would I be wrecked for the day, but after doing a few days in a row, completely spent for the whole week and painting and creating was the last thing on my mind, not to mention not being such a good mom a lot of the time. 
It was like some one had handed me  a gift.
I’ll have regular daytime hours and a set amount of hours a week I can count on… And time to work on my things when my daughter is in preschool. 
So beside finishing up my job for this week, I had training for my new position which I start next week.
  It only confirms for me that I am on the right track and I am actually doing what I am supposed to be doing, and taking opportunity as it comes.
  My good friend, Anne, and I joke about “living the dream” but as hokey as it sounds, maybe I am one step closer to achieving it.
So I am very excited to begin another small step toward living that dream. 
And I am very thankful.
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  1. Very cool! Too bad more jobs out there can’t be more flexible!!!
    I’d be wrecked too getting up that early……:(. I’m sooo not a morning person.

  2. The most important thing in my world is my child. I could not imagine going to work and leaving her. I make sacrifices so I do not have to do that to her.
    This must be very difficult for you, leaving your child in her formative years. That is the furthest from “living the dream” I can imagine!
    Your family ill be in my prayers.


  3. Im so happy for you Jen!;) When my husband was in college full time I worked at Starbucks and had to wake up at 3 am for 3 years~ that was rough so I can relate!! Hugs,Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

  4. That is wonderful!!! It’s amazing what all you have done, with a little one at home, and working those hours! It’s exhausting to work like that and then try to have time to be rested and creative, It’s definitely a hard balance to achieve.


  5. Jen, that is such fantastic news – I am so happy for you! In my book, job flexibility is even more important than salary considerations.

  6. Stories like this make me so thankful I’m blessed to be able to stay at home. But they also motivate me to really examine my time in the day, and see that I’m making the most of what I’ve been blessed with.


  7. that is wonderful jen!!
    i’m so happy for you. i’m certain the change in schedule will have more of a positive effect than you may even realize.
    i’m so happy for you

    3 or 4 am? good lordy girlie

    have a wonderful weekend

  8. Hello,

    Love your pictures today.. The items on your kitchen countertops are so pretty. Congratulations at getting closer to your dream.
    Have a nice weekend.

  9. Good for you, Jen. I hope it all works out just as you planned. You are a trooper to hang in there. Keep us updated on all the changes. Thinking of you
    Becky C

  10. Sounds like fabulous news for you!

    I can’t imagine getting up so early, working and being a mom. Must have been so difficult for you!

    Gorgeous pictures!

  11. What a fantastic relief for you! I know how hard it can be to take care of a little one, work and have a crazy schedule!
    Fantastic…hope it is just the relief you were looking for.
    Best regards,

  12. Oh Jen that is REALLY GOOD NEWS! Pray for me and I’ll pray for you and eventually maybe just maybe we will get a taste of our visions. Much love to you this weekend!

  13. Congrats on your new hours and peace of mind. I love seeing all your creativity on your blog so hopefully this little change will give you more time to share your wonderful projects!


  14. That is great Jen! You can hear how happy you are in this post! That’s beautiful and you deserve it! Now we can see more of your beautiful art! Hugs lulu

  15. Great news I love being at home working, I would have been good in the days where women stayed home..LOL One thing fresh mint and sage???? where on earth did you find that under the snow??? LOL…have a great weekend


  16. Wonderful news! I’m fortunate to have a flexible “real job” that I do from home and when I am having a bad day, I remember there aren’t that many jobs as flexible out there and I should be thankful.

  17. I don’t think there’s anything wrong in wanting to “live the dream”. I know that it’s what God wants for all of us. He wants us happy – and evidently you’re on the right path, Jen! 🙂 I’m happy for you!

    xoxo laurie

  18. I am so happy for you! You seem to get a lot done now so I can’t wait to see what you accomplish when you have more time!

  19. Congratulations! I’m so glad it is all working out and we’ll get to see even more of your creations now that you will have more normal hours. 🙂

    I sure enjoyed the pictures in this post–so pretty!

  20. Oh Im so happy for you Jen!
    I know what that feels like..Id iI want to slow down too and just enjoy some time at home…hoping it can happen soon.
    Im your newest follower (purehunnybee) and cant wait to get to know you more here!
    Come on over for a visit when you can..Ill put the coffee on 🙂

    With all my heart..Deborah

  21. I so totally understand. I’d been praying for like 3 years for something different than my 8 to 5 job and for my husband to get a job that he likes. This past summer He got a job in another city that meant we had to move. I, of course, had to quit my job! I’m looking into teaching a bible study to young college-age women and so happy. God hears our prayers and He gives us the desires of our hearts.

  22. Jen, congrats! I was able to be home with my girls until they were in 1st grade and I have never regretted it. I have a blue cake stand just like the won in the pics. It was given to me in 1962 from a student,so it is over 40 years old. Have a wonderful day.

  23. YAY!! I am lucky to work 12 hour shifts (as an RN), so I have days off during the week. I know I couldn’t go back to 5 days a week! Good luck!

  24. congrats on the job change…..create, create, create now that you have time and energy…you’ll feel like you’ve come alive!

    love your shots of your kitchen!

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