- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
I’m 30, and have worked two jobs since I was 16 years old. At one point, I had four jobs. Currently I have one full time job as a therapist who works with individuals with autism. I also have a part-time job where I work 1 on 1 with a young man with autism, in his home. I generally work 10 hours a week at this second part time job, but the family often goes out of town so I usually, once a month, end up working a full weekend. For instance, over Fourth of July weekend I worked from Thursday night to Monday morning with this young man.
I enjoy the work I do a lot. However…I would really like to work less. I have begun to feel resentful of working at my second job…I know I am not as effective or efficient as I could be at either of my jobs…and I think as I am getting older I am beginning to value time over money more. I don’t have time to work out, or go to the grocery store, or keep my house clean, or hang with friends or my FH.
Anyways, here’s the problem. Anytime I mention cutting back to this young man’s mother, she starts to cry. I went to work today (am there now!) and was planning on bringing it up, but she told me that her husband was just laid off last week – totally unexpectedly. Now yes, this family has a TON of money and isn’t going to be in the poor house…plus they have another girl who works with them…but for some reason I feel REALLY GUILTY.
Any advice? I don’t know why I feel so driven to work work work – I think it’s because I grew up poor and am always financially struggling. But still, I neeeeeeeed to cut back. Has anyone ever had to bring this up with an employer or family they worked with?