so what do you do?
Since leaving my job in June, I get a lot of questions about what it is that I do everyday. Many people mistakenly assume that I have loads of free time and can do whatever I want, whenever I want. That would maybe be the case if I was a selfish jerk-- or, perhaps more realistically (because how many selfish jerks can there be, aside from all the ones I've dated?), if I miraculously had a paycheck coming in every two weeks. In fact, I haven't deposited money into my account since July. Happily, today was the first day I had to transfer money from my savings account to my checking account.
It's called living within your means, America. Try it.
This is not to say there haven't been some sacrifices. I chose to leave a job that made me grossly unhappy and chose not to take a traditional job so I could be there for my grandparents as needed. To make this work, I moved back to my hometown. Away from friends. Away from running trails. Away from a social life.
Most of the time I'm okay with all of this but there are some days (a lot of days, actually) that I want my simple life back. You know, the days where I didn't have to help my grandma shower, or remind her that she needs to be wearing an adult brief, or to tell her where my grandpa is for the tenth time in five minutes, even though he's just in the living room. I wish I didn't feel guilty every day I'm not able to be there. (There were many more I wish statements that I deleted because I realized it sounded like whining.)
But seriously, the fact that I'm even able to do this speaks to my tight-knit family and how they'd do anything to support me. I understand and appreciate the fact that not everyone has this.
Anyways, back to A Day in the Life of Hannah....
It's not an exaggeration to say that every day brings something different. There was a week where I did not spend two consecutive nights in the same place. Given my large, blended family, there is never a shortage of people who need help with something (like house-sitting) and I've become the official Errand Girl of the Schroeder/Wagner clan. I pick up and drop off kids. I cook. I babysit. I clean and help out with miscellaneous house stuff.
Since I'm living in the Ministry House, I have a whole house I am responsible for. Right now I'm trying to combat a mouse problem. And I recently had an Edward Scissorhands moment with an electric bush trimmer I discovered in my garage. Significant damage was done to the shrubs out in front of the house.
The most job-like thing I do is admin stuff for First Love. I make phone calls and schedule things for upcoming conferences. I update the website. I plan. I organize. (And because it's my family's ministry, any time I'm with them is a potential business meeting, like the other morning when my mom came up for coffee and we talked details of our next event for two hours.)
So that's my life in a nutshell. For now. Things will be changing drastically in a few months but more on that another time...