green coconut trees near body of water
2024,  family fun

Daydreaming and Planning

Over the last few months I have been watching the job sites and putting in for jobs that I believe I can do. With the cost of living going up, the extra money would be incredibly helpful. The difficulty that I am having is that I have been a stay at home mum for a long time, and while yes I 100% believe our decision to have me at home with the kids was a good one overall for our family – it has come at a financial cost to our family.

I wish we still lived in a world where stay at home mums were the norm rather than the exception.

The financial cost has come in the form of not being able to offer certain experiences to our kids. There are so many opportunities we would have loved to have given them. Not to mention, our own personal desires have been back benched to maybe or one day, and while I don’t have any regrets with being available to our kids throughout the years, I also feel as though a little lost and a little frustrated to not have had the chance to fulfil some of my own personal goals and desires over the years.

Next year I have a big birthday, and although I hate being the centre of attention, I would like to have some choices as to how we celebrate. One of my personal desires would be a holiday away with my side of the family. I would love it if it would be possible for us all to holiday together up at Daydream Island or something along those lines. I know it is a huge idea, but it is something I would love to do with my side of the family.

After numerous job applications and many rejections, I toyed with the idea of going back to uni to study, but the idea of tertiary debt doesn’t excite me. I have looked at the fee free courses at tafe, hoping to find something to help me upskill, but nothing really jumps out at me. The options that do attract me are being offered up at one of the North Queensland campuses. I am not in a position to jump ship for 12 months to a North Queensland destination to do a course (although right now it sounds like a lovely idea considering I am not enjoying winter). I don’t like feeling as though I am in the too hard basket. I do actually have a decent set of skills in admin and customer service – I just need to be given a chance!

If only I had a great idea to spring from. I have friends who have their own little businesses, and do quite well out of them. One in particular has travelled the world selling NuSkin skin care, another has just started a small business selling self care packages for women using the Koalin clay they discovered on their land, others make children’s clothing for the markets, a couple of our friends are caterers, book editors come publishers, etc. My frustration is that I just don’t have an idea to spring from…and the annoying part is that I feel it’s staring me in the eye as though it’s plain as night and day. I really hope that I will be able to identify what the heck it is soon.

It would be really nice to go into my big year with something that will help earn me a little income to help start putting wheels on our dreams and desires. It would be lovely to spend a week up at Daydream Island celebrating my big birthday with my family. Fingers crossed for opportunities and ideas to come my way quickly and soon!!

Till next time,

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