Happy Holidays! Wait - already????
Yes, apparently so. The mall is already decked out from top to bottom in tinsel and garlands. The Christmas tree is up and there are creepy reindeer and little elves on every corner staring down at the shoppers as they pass from store to store. And...I would know this because the mall is my new home away from my home away from home. Yep, I've added yet another obligation to my already cringe-worthy schedule: seasonal help at the mall!
I've accepted a part-time position at Pottery Barn Kids at a nearby mall. It's a beautiful setting chock full of ridiculously expensive items that I'm sure I'll be tempted to splurge on (but, alas, cannot afford) in every nook and cranny.
Am I a glutton for punishment? Am I trying to be the first overachiever at overachieving? These are excellent questions, and ones I've considered myself!
As a wife, a mother of two, a freelance writer, and a full-time grad student, I often feel like I already have about a dozen jobs to juggle. The simple truth, however, is that I'm spending a WHOLE bunch of time to a whole lot of work that doesn't really pay anything.
And, well, if you've ever been a kid on Christmas morning you realize how disappointing it would be if you opened your stocking to discover a note that says "Your mom wrote you a blog for Christmas! Love, Santa" Hmmm, yeah, that doesn't fly with a 4-year-old and 2-year-old. Haha! So...mommy's picked up a little seasonal job to help Santa's Christmas budget along. :)
I'm excited about it, actually! As much as the reality is that I'm working for the money, I'm excited to embrace a new opportunity to meet people, be around lovely holiday decor, and somehow let my gifts be used in a new setting. I'm able to work evenings and weekends, so I'm thankful to have a willing husband who is getting some quality time with our girls when I'm away. This is a TEAM Pardy effort, no doubt - just like parenting and school and work are.
Certainly, I'm convinced more caffeine than actual blood is running through my veins these days. Don't get me wrong - I've pretty much abandoned the idea that "balance" exists, and I'm fully depending on the grace of God to get me through the days ahead. But, as I bring you in on this new chaotic step in my life, I hope that it will encourage you to just love what you are doing wherever you are, and to look for the ways in which God can use you no matter what.
So - be kind to those crazy checker-outers at the mall as you shop this holiday season! It's gonna be nuts out there, with shoppers and sales seeming more intense than ever before. Keep your cool and smile as you shop - you never know when you might be smiling at an insane, wife/mother/writer/student who is doing her best to keep it all together.
God is good. And the season for smiles is just getting started...