So let me tell you what I’ve been up to.
Nope that will take too long. Let me sum up.
Today, I started a new call. Normal people would call it a new “job.” Of course, “normal” people wouldn’t have spent ten years and how many thousands of dollars to become overqualified and then beg shrinking, broke organizations to hire them for a part-time job that doesn’t even cover the mortgage.
But I digress.
Today, I started a new call.
And it was weird (in a good way) and exhausting (in a good way) and confusing just a little bit (in a good…you get where I’m going with this, right?)
On top of this weird, exhausting and confusing new start I also have two (TWO?!?!) contracts that are competing for my time, creativity and consciousness. One for a nonprofit – not doing exactly what I’d like to be doing but at least filling some important gaps for them and helping fix some basic process and infrastructure/leadership gaps.
The other is doing horrible boring instructional design with not enough time, resources or give-a-sh*t to be much fun. Especially not enough of that last one. And that’s because of the first two. And also because it’s for a big ugly corporate client that I really thought I’d never work for again. One where the projects are always clusters and the culture is toxic and dangerous. And not just metaphysically dangerous — although it certainly is that.
And in case you were asking, yes. Yes, I am unbelievably overextended. Thanks for asking. As a result, I’m pretty grouchy and strung out from working way too much. And It makes me mad because it’s glorious summer and my garden is calling to me and I can’t go out and play. Last week I billed 70 hours and this week I’m paying for it. The studies are right folks. Overtime doesn’t pay off in the long run. And as I get older the long run gets shorter and shorter.
But back to the good news.
I spent about 4 hours today at this new church, meeting the other staff, putting stuff on my bookshelf, picking out a few hymns. At the staff meeting I found out that the pastor is out next week with the youth and there is a member who has put a DNR into effect. There was talk of “who would cover for emergencies” in case this person decides to take the option on the DNR. Some talk of a neighboring church, and I just said, “I can cover.” Pr. was a little shocked – only because she’s new to this thing too and has never had another rostered colleague on staff with her.
She’s delighted. I’m delighted. It’s all delightful.
I can see where there’s little pocket of challenge too, but today – it was weird and good. And that’s enough.