“Most revolutionaries don’t set out to be revolutionaries. The women on this list were working in technology, with children, during a time when it was unheard of. The women on this list didn’t intend to be revolutionaries so much as they crafted a life that would work for them.”
This article by Penelope Trunk really made me think about my own life and what I want out of it. And I realized that I too had crafted a life that worked for me.
For a while, I considered going on to be a Co-manger and eventually a Store Manager with my company. But now I don’t think so.
I do know to never say never, but I’m not sure that it would make me happy. Sure it would mean more money, but is that a good enough reason to move up?
Being a Co-manager or Store Manager would mean going to more meetings, and networking, conference calls, giving presentations, dealing with the big wigs. It would mean being on call 24/7. Those are not things that I would enjoy.
What I want is to run the store.
What I want is a job that is challenging.
What I want is to help people develop their skills and watch them grow.
What I want is a good work/life balance.
And right now I have all those things. On third shift.
At night, I am the only salaried manager in the store. So, I am responsible for running the store, and making sure that we are ready to open every morning. I get to run third shift the way that I want to, and I love it! It’s like being the store manager without the ultimate responsibility of the job.
Third shift is always a challenge! You’re constantly losing people because it’s a hard shift to work, so people aren’t always able to stay on it long. So, there’s always the challenge of teaching and training new people. Plus, getting the freight worked and putting the store back together every day keeps me constantly busy, so I’m never bored.
This past year I had one associate under me promoted to assistant manager, and four promoted to hourly supervisors. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that I helped them to achieve their goals, while I’m also achieving one of mine by helping them to grow and develop.
Third shift also gives me really good work/life balance. I work four 12 hour nights and then I am off for four nights. The days I work I may have a little time for reading or writing, but for the most part, I work and sleep.
On my days off, I don’t think about work at all. And I very rarely receive texts or calls about work. Instead, I am able to spend my days on the things that are really important to me. Like, spending time with Cap, walking and playing with Buffy, reading, writing for the blog, and visiting my family and friends.
I’m not a revolutionary like the women in that tech article, but I have managed to craft a life that works for me. A life that I enjoy.
And I did it by knowing exactly I wanted out of my job, and being able to recognize it when I found it.
Trust me, I never would’ve thought that I would find exactly what I wanted from my job and life on third shift, but I did.
You can craft a life that works for you too. Figure out what you want, and be open to the possibility that it might not come in the package that you expected it to.
Have you crafted a life that works for you? What does that look like for you? Was it what you expected? Let me know in the comments!
I’m taking a small blogging break, so for the next few weeks I’m reposting some of my favorite posts.