Money and I are not friends. For some reason, money seems to be afraid of me because it never stays around long enough for us to develop a deep, lasting relationship. It takes a while to get here, then it leaves very quickly. Do not get me wrong, I am not complaining. I have had much and I have had little. Because of having both, I have learned money’s true meaning. Do not make it your god. It is fleeting and even in times of plenty, it can leave you empty.
During those “in want” times, you sometimes have to do a little extra. I used to read article after article about how to get rich. It came down to spend less and save more. Great advice when you are not $70,000 in debt (plus a mortgage). So I have spend much of my time working odd jobs. Looking back on them, it is no wonder I am a little weird today.
I worked for a gracious company for almost 20 years but while I was there I had several second jobs. I restocked books at a local grocery store. I, at different times, also stocked Hallmark cards and health and beauty items at another local grocery store. I measured ladies for bras for a while. There was a time when I worked for a chocolate company and it was a tasty job! Bartending was a very short lived gig because I did not know the difference between Guinness and Bailey’s.
I have had several writing jobs, those of which I loved. I started writing articles for Associated Content until Yahoo! bought them. Writing for Yahoo! was fun. I also wrote for a small, local newspaper. Today, I still write for a internet content company. When you are reading one of those odd subject, filler articles it may have been written by me.
I have stuffed Sunday inserts into newspapers. The time I delivered phone books was a story in and of itself. I used to make and decorate cakes. Mike and I had a full-fledged eBay store for about ten years. I still have an etsy shop online. For about a year, while working full-time, I tried to run my own gift shop. The Eclectic Princess never really took off but it was an experience I will never forget. I was. also, a temp at a law office.
Here are my at home party jobs: Southern Living ( I was living in the north at the time), Dove Discovery Chocolates and Sweet Sinsations by Lois. Yes, I sold adult toys for just about three years. That was an adventure. I had many repeat parties, and a very loyal following. It just ended up being a little too much for me.
When I lived near Cherokee, I thought I could make a nice little living off of slot machines. I had a plan and it was all figured out mathmatically. I was going to not be greedy, but double my money a couple times a month. No big deal. The first time, I lost everything. The second time, I lost everything. The third time, I lost everything. Then I figured out that was not a viable second job.
I am not sure what the moral of the story is. Looking back on these mostly crazy jobs, I realize they have helped, not only pay bills, but have made me who I am today. When I was younger, I was not too excited to work. I would have rather stayed home and lived that kind of domestic life. But bills and want called me out and I did whatever was necessary. Those experiences made me a more rounded person.
I may not have ever traveled overseas or I may not have a long list of education advances, but I have seen some things and I have done some things. Looking back, I think not bad for a high school dropout. Hopefully, now I can just do my etsy and writing from home as my second jobs. No more adult toys or phone books. I am glad, however, that I had these experiences.