After over a month of negotiation (which really just meant we were never in the same city long enough to sit down and hash things out after my initial request), I have received both a raise and an hour increase at my part-time job.
First off, I am thankful for a job period. Then I am also thankful for a job that I like. Lastly, I am thankful for a job where I am valued and that translates into things like more money. I did not request the increase in hours; that was brought up by my bosses. After trying to budget our spending based on our income (instead of dipping into our savings), it was clear I should agree to any and all options that boosted my paycheck.
It will a be a little weird at first. There will be some growing pains at the shop. The increase in amount of hours I work for them means a decrease in hours I can work for myself. I am sad over the idea of not being a part of the day-to-day at our store. The dream was (and still is) for us to run the shop as our sole source of revenue. But it’s just not there yet. Changing my priority from the shop to this “full-time”* position gives us some breathing room in our budget to grow the shop without worrying (quite so much) about where the next meal is coming from.
*I still won’t be working 40 hours/week so it is not like I will 100% step away from our business. But as it stood before, we both worked for our store almost every day and pretty much wore every hat together, working on any part of the business as needed that day. Now I foresee a more divide and conquer with each of us having set tasks dependent upon our availability.
I do have many other things to be thankful for this year. Our (relative) good health. Finding ways to connect with friends even though we are far apart. A renter for the condo who pays rent and a property manager who ensures that payment arrive consistently. Many agreed upon Values and Important Things with my husband that make tough times not so tough. Friends and family who respect and support our decision to move a million miles away from them.
A job isn’t everything. But it is something, especially having one you like. And I do. So I am thankful.