I will be the first person to admit that I take on too much in life. Last fall, I simultaneously quit my full-time job, took on a teaching assistantship, took two graduate classes, tried to write a thesis, worked at a restaurant, held down two babysitting jobs, and somehow threw in an internship at a magazine. Writing it out now, I completely understand why people thought I was insane. At the time, I was struggling with balancing my passion (teaching college level English) with making money (the three jobs) and discovering new interests (the internship — as if I don’t have enough things I like doing!).
With the fall semester fast approaching, and my typical do-it-all approach to life still strongly pulling at me, I have decided that I need to work smarter this upcoming semester, not harder like I did last year. So instead of going crazy with all the projects I have planned to pay off my student loans in a year, I’m just going to go crazy with a few of them!
The first project I’m going crazy on is securing more college classes for next year. I love teaching anyway, so if I can find additional classes to teach I will be enjoying myself and bringing in extra money. We only need the amount of money I make from two classes to survive during the fall, so anything over that second class is bonus student loan money.
In addition to looking for part-time jobs in my area, I am also looking out of state for full-time teaching jobs. Doing so could enable us to move to a cheaper part of the country, which would be awesome! Of course, receiving an out of state job comes with many challenges — more on that in another post!
The other job I will work more intensely on is my tutoring side job. At $30 per hour, I can easily work half the hours I spend waitressing and still take home the same amount of money. While one-on-one tutoring is great, I am also going to arrange some small group sessions starting in the fall. Hopefully this will open me up to new business, get my name out there, and spark some interest.
I decided to stick Zumba teaching on the back burner for now. While it is a lot of fun, the upfront cost of becoming a Zumba instructor just isn’t worth it to me right now. I would prefer to work at something else (tutoring) that I already know I can do without worrying about paying for a certificate.
Do you ever take on too much? How do you decide where to cut it?