Life Update.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I started a new job this week.
At first I was a little embarrassed to tell people about it. I mean, I did go to college after all. I didn't exactly major in Home Ec. But I've decided that I don't care who knows what I do. Judge away; I probably make more money than you anyway (Oooo, that was a snarky comment).

Up till now, I've been freelance editing from home, (I'm sure you all remember from this lovely picture.) which I love more than Grahm's face. (Okay, not that much... His face is pretty stinkin' cute.) 

While that's been awesome, and I definitely plan to continue with it... it's not consistent. We're trying to buy a house next year, and we need to start saving up some dollah dollah bills. My husband is a wonderful engineer and provider, but we want to be saving more than what we can with his paycheck. 

If college taught me anything, I know how to handle my money. Putting myself through school wasn't easy. Though I didn't come out completely debt free, I was pretty darn close. Full-time school and two jobs, ironically both of those are essentially what I'm doing now. Editing and nannying. (Someday I'll write a post about the spoiled college kids whose awful parents decide to pay for everrrrything for four years. C'mon now, that's not helping your kids be adults. Huge pet peeve of mine, not that you couldn't tell five minutes ago. Sorry, unborn children. You're gonna have to work like your mamma.)

After all, buying a house is kind a BIG deal. I'm not settling for some dump-in-the-wall/"I guess we can live with this" simply because we didn't get out acts together and save when we could. 

So from now on I'll be a nanny by day and an editor on the side. They're adorable 3-month-old twins, Griffen and Anna. They're definitely going to be a handful (or two), but I'm excited about it. Grahm hopes this will be a temporary cure for whatever baby fever I have in me. :)

32 comments:

Alyx said...

Psh, no shame in nannying - the people who can afford nannies can generally afford to pay them pretty well, plus it's a fun job! I don't think anyone would judge you, and if they do, well... it's because they're jealous they don't get to hang out with adorable babies all day.

Sandra said...

I'm with ya on making the future kids work through school! If I can do it, you will do it.

Lauren said...

Definitely no shame in nannying! They will be lucky to have you. This gig will either ease the fever... Or make it worse ;) Good luck!!

kelsie fennell said...

Ahh how fun! I have twin baby sisters (they're 15, but whatev--still babies) and they were so much fun! Watch out though--the girl who nannied for them when they were newborns ended up having twins two years later :)

Alana Christine said...

Aww what a fun job!! You seriously have the best of both worlds--doing what you love (editing) and playing with babies all day! I'm actually extremely jealous! Especially considering you PROBABLY do make way more money than me.

Andrea {kerubo mama} said...

I think that's great! All the best!! Awesome work ethic too, your future children will be blessed by these values!! xoxo

Nicole - Craft My Soul said...

congrats! Nannying is fun for some people. I'm definitely not hating! Plus you're still doing what you like on the side. I like that you worked hard while going to school. You go girl!

MessyDirtyHair said...

first off who the f would judge you for being a nanny?! besides being a mother thats the hardest job! i loveeeee that you touched on all those spoiled kids in college whose parents pay for everything...seriously it bothers me beyon belief. its so annoying & frustrating! great post!

xx Kelly

www.MessyDirtyHair.com

Robin said...

Hey there! I'm an new follower and think nannying is awesome!! I'm secretly jealous, I adore children and think it would be way more fun than being a secretary, which I am doing now. (I also went to college, and graduated with a science degree! Not exactly a requirement to be a secretary...) But a job is a job and I think nannying will be so much fun! And from how you seem on your blog, I think the kids with have fun with you too!

Lasso the Moon said...

Twins! How fun. Congrats on the new job!
Anna

Elle said...

Sooo with you on the annoying spoiled college students who get everything paid for and have Daddy's credit card. My parents definitely helped me out and I am so blessed for that, but I did not take advantage of their help and worked hard to support myself and do well in school :)

Kristin said...

Nannying is a great way to make money. Usually you are paid pretty well so there's no shame in it! Man, i would do that to help pay my rent now! And i love how you also touched upon the spoiled rich kids in college...i am in debt from college and am glad everything wasn't handed to me!

Nagehan said...

During these tough economical times, a job like nannying is fine (at least you're not rocking the clear heels and wrapped around a pole! ha!) So, be proud, girl friend :)

lori said...

don't feel embarressed about what you do! i have a college degree as well, but am currently a stay at home wife while my hubs brings home the bacon.

and i completely agree about the spoiled college kids.

Jes said...

nanny by day, editor on the side? that seems like the perfect balance to me.
can't wait to hear stories!
xx jes

smalltown20something said...

Don't be embarrassed! I'm a nanny and I love it! It's a great job and you can totally do your editing on the side!

Laura said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am totally with your on college kids that are spoiled, I hated that in school! I nannied and waitresses for a while, and glamour aside, it was the best money I made so far in life. Glad you are getting a pause from the baby fever, I need me one of those!

Laura

Kristen Danielle said...

AMEN SISTER!!!!!! I completely, 100% agree with what you've said here! I am in the same boat as you were in College... working full time and going to school full time with no $$ help. My boyfriend, on the other hand, his parent's paid his way through school... so we will have some conversations about NOT doing that 100% for our kiddos.

And be proud of your new job! I think that's great!! :) Lucky kiddos.

Chelsea L said...

Psh, I was a nanny for 2 years before I owned my dance studio. Nothing to be ashamed of! I made $38,000/year doing it! Nannying is a great job! And fun too :) The little ones and the family ended up standing up in our wedding. Embrace it :)

anna.montana said...

I so wish I could give you a hi-five right now for the college student bit. I'm currently working my way through school and wish I could get away with punching all the spoiled brats I'm surrounded with on a daily basis in the jugular!
Also, I'm super jealous of your nannying job! Congrats!

lo @ crazy ever after said...

Nannying rocks the socks. Just don't do it too long or you'll end up old and cynical like me. ;) Totally kidding. Can't wait to read about your adventures.

Jenna said...

Congrats! I was just telling my bf that I sometimes wish I could quite my job and nanny, it's a lot of work, but also really rewarding, and doesn't pay half bad :)

xxx
Jenna

That Brunette One said...

congrats babe! as long as you do what makes you happy screw what the world thinks!! - I adore the new blog header too x

Elle said...

So the only thing worse than nannying is stripping? I would like to inform you that I am a nanny, it is my career. I went to college and have two degrees. I can make up to $50,000 a year. During the winter I live in the mountains and during the summer I live at the beach. I have a near perfect life and get to do one of the most rewarding and hardest jobs in the world. So you are right, Jen should be VERY proud she has been entrusted with the the task of helping to bring up someone-else's children and to think that it is only one step up from selling your body for cash is rather insulting, even if this comment was written tongue in cheek!

Elle said...

Hi Jen, you should never be ashamed of being a nanny. It is an amazing, rewarding and admirable job. I am jealous that you get to cuddle two little babas! Sorry for chipping in on your comments section but I was a little riled (as you might be able to tell)

Love Elle xo

Blayne Royse said...

Snarky Snarkerson ;)

Elle said...

I know, I know but it's hard to bite your tongue sometimes. Just had a wee peek at your blog... looking forward to having a proper read through :)

Love Elle xo

Sarah said...

I've nannied twice -- once for a 3- and a 5-year-old and once for a 3-month-old baby. Seriously, such awesome jobs. I enjoyed the 3- and 5-year-old more, simply because pretty all the 3-month-old did was sleep on my shoulder and scream, so the older kids were more entertaining. But I mean, come on. Who wouldn't love getting paid to color, watch Disney movies, and play in the park? I've seriously considered going back to it because right now my day job kind of makes me want to shoot myself in the face.

Erin said...

Aww, how awesome! I always thought I'd love to nanny... not sure how I'd do with 2 3-month olds though haha ;)

Holly said...

Nannying sounds awesome!!! I love kids and would love to do that :)

 Curly J said...

Being a nanny is awesome! I did it for 2 or 3 years to get myself through college/university (I'll add in here just cause I can.. my nanny gig was for one of the guys kids from Nickelback!). I also agree with you 100% about paying your way through school. I had to do it, there was no one else to help me (until hubby came along for the last year of it or so :p). I think it makes you work harder and by the end of it, you can say.. "YES, I paid my OWN pay through school. YES, all by myself". It makes you feel pretty proud :).

Janna Renee said...

Do grandparents paying for college piss you off? Because mine did ;) I do know what you mean, though. I think their are some children that act spoiled and some that don't. I laughed in the faces of the spoiled ones, i.e. my sister- unfortunately. We were raised by different sets of parents, and I blame it on that. If you are "embarrassed" by your after college job, then I never want to announce mine to the blog world. Hehe. College degree, and nothing to apply it to yet. C'est La Vie!