Sallie's Niece asked me why I don't get my fun job now. Good question. Simple answer...I don't know what that job is! I think it will take some time to experiment for a while which is why I am trying to give myself some financial cushion.
Let me think back on all the jobs I've had...
Lawn mowing-dirty, hot, sweaty.
Babysitting-I'm not an entertainer.
Chicken tending-I like chickens, hope to have them again one day.
Helping my sister with her paper route-The early morning weekend thing was a challenge but riding my bike down empty streets was fun. Oh, and the fireworks we earned from selling subscriptions were soooo cool.
My first real job:
Pet store kennel cleaner-Learned about puppy mills and what happens to dogs that don't measure up (they go to the pound). Had a terrible manager and very little training. Quit after a month (with enough money to buy a leather jacket, which I still own :)
Plumbing store cashier-Learned how to count change back to a customer. Boring job.
College cafeteria-College kids do gross things to their un-eaten food.
Cleaning staff for classrooms-Learned some tricks for cleaning bathrooms. Kind of fun to roam the vacant halls and draw on the chalkboards.
Copy room clerk-Better student job. Interaction with the teachers was more interesting that cleaning toilets.
Honey-baked ham clerk(winter break job)-That foil gave me papercuts. Tried not to bleed on the hams. (That is so gross. I hope they give them gloves now.)
Bookstore cashier (summer break job)-Showing new students all the books they had to buy was quite fun.
House cleaner-Gets old really fast.
Certified Nurse's Assistant-Worst job EVER!!! I quit after 3 months and luckily didn't cause any deaths.
Office Furniture Set-up-I think they hired me because I'm a girl and they didn't want to look sexist. I wasn't a very big help.
Convoy Driver(contract job)-This one was fun. Drive around the desert in old army vehicles with other drivers and see if the army plane can target your position.
Newspaper ad inserter-Worked with some colorful characters. Learned a lot about the cycle of poverty, crime, drugs and welfare...second hand thank goodness.
Drafting-Boring but much better pay. Opened up some interesting opportunities.
I probably forgot some jobs or maybe I blacked them out of my mind. My favorite was the college bookstore job. It was fun to help bewildered students find their books. And the convoy driver was fun too. Lots of hurry up and wait, it was for the army after all. Obviously, I haven't found my dream job yet.
I have always struggled with either getting a job I like or getting a good paying job to pay for my hobbies. I've haven't found a job I love that pays well yet. Someday it will happen!