Job Satisfaction

Some days are just hard.  Being a mom is hard. I started thinking about all the things we do and all the teeny decisions we make and how its no wonder we collapse at the end of the day and fall asleep in our clothes or try to savor the last quiet moments of it with Häagen-Dazs and Call the Midwife. On the contrary though, the more I thought about this yesterday, the more I thought: nobody needs another post about how hard being a mom is.  I’ve read them I’ve written them.  And sometimes it just feels good to vent and get it all out there.  But also, I think there’s strength in realizing that everybody’s job is dang hard.  Rewarding? Oh, yes.  Heaps of rewards.  But definitely not easy.  (side note: I spell definitely wrong every. single. time.  Don’t know what it is about that word.  Thank God for autocorrect.)

I woke up yesterday with a lot on my mind.  Just things that we all have; decisions to make, things to get done, issues to deal with.  These thoughts hit me before I lifted my head off the pillow and I was all, “how am I going to do this day with all this on my mind?”  It took a while before realization struck, but I trudged through passing out pumpkin spice bread breakfasts, a chapter of The Jungle Book, and a half a cup of coffee and I knew I wasn’t shaking it, wasn’t snapping back into Monday’s routine.


Here’s the realization though: everybody goes to work, y’all.  They might wear scrubs, or a tie, or a red shirt with khakis, or a pair of sweats, but we all have a job to do.  Calling what I do a “job” doesn’t mean for a second that I don’t love it.  I love my line of work.  Nothing else can offer me reading history books, drinking coffee, kissing baby cheeks, and loads of creativity outlets quite like this job does.  True, there’s not a check out time and there’s plenty of high demands and the pay is not quite to the level of my work load, but the job satisfaction makes up for what the pay and long hours lack.  There’s no difference between people like me and people working at the bank teller like when it comes to waking up with a lot on their mind.  We all have difficult jobs and we all have issues and problems to deal with, but we can’t let it effect our work and our life’s calling.  There’s a time and a place for sorting through those things but usually before we can sort through, there needs to be some filing to be done. 

After a slow, begrudged read aloud about seals and survival, I knew my files were all strewn about and if I didn’t get them in order, my lack of production was going to get me written up.  Promptly arm-sweeping all those loose papers into a file for later, we started out fresh with a trip to Dunkin’ because sometimes a trip to the break room is what you need for a do-over, ya know?  Even if the do-over is at 9am.  The file was retrieved later and discussed over a phone call when little ears weren’t around and then again when they were in bed, more appropriate times when things could be sorted out without a small audience, not necessarily because these files were so horrible, but nonetheless they interfered with my work, my job, my life’s calling and I won’t let a little messy filing ruin a day of production.

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Production like catching Sister Friend stand for a full minute with no help. (no photo…I was gasping for air.)

Production like tiny conversations about the secrets of MineCraft.

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Production like serious talks about being kind to people even when you don’t want to.

Production like meeting eyes with my baseball player in the batter’s box at his first game of the season, making sure I was watching.

It might not be monetary incentive, but that is certainly some pretty amazing job satisfaction right there.  Not everyday is great, but everyday is definitely good.  Find it.  File the rubbish away for later and find some flippin’ donuts, brave ones.

Update: Damn it.  Jack just refilled my coffee and put lemon juice in it.  April Fools.  He got me.  This day ought to be interesting.  


  1. So, so good. Thank you. This season of Mommy work is full of rewards and it's so nice to hear your perspective.

    I've been struggling getting up before the children more than just 15 minutes early. Your post got me thinking of when I was still working outside the home I'd wake up and get ready for the day before I jumped into work. Your post got me thinking that I still need "get ready for work" even now that my work is within the four walls of my home. I need time to say "Good morning, joy!" Maybe God was nudging me to change my IG name as a helpful reminder to get up with Him first. Hmmm. Baby sleeping through the night would also be helpful, but one thing at a time, right? 🙂

    P.S. the girls sharing "secrets" and the last photo of you and Vera are INCREDIBLE! What memories!

    Have a great week, Mama!

    🙂 Rachel

  2. This is good stuff, my friend. Thank you for the reminder to find the good. I'm having a hard time with that lately. :/

  3. Right on, mama! Yes we all have stuff – and on top of that, for me, I'm that girl always waiting till "everything is perfect" before I can make my life what I want it to be. Gave all that up for 2014 & we're making this year awesome! Love your heart – thanks for this reminder! xo

    P. S. We love April Fool's Day too… I've gotten them 3 times so far, but they haven't gotten me yet! 😀

  4. You are so right on mama! We have some new work arrangements going on in my world with hubby traveling for a week or more at a time. It is taking some getting used to, I feel like I am on duty from 6am to 9pm 24/7…yikes that is work-overload fo sho mama! I don't have a second to myself at all…I wake up with littles at my feet and go to sleep with them in my arms. Fullfilling…you bet, but exhausting at the same time. I am just trying to figure out how to work out of do anything for myself again! Thanks for sharing!

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