So, How Do I Juggle Two Jobs?

You Learn What You Live

Growing up, I do not recall one time watching my parents sit down and just watch television.  They were not idle people.  My energy and drive come from them.  At the age of 10, I got my first summer job:  mowing at a putt putt golf course for free Cokes and games. I have held a job in some capacity ever since.  My first "real job" came when I was fresh out of college, teaching senior English to students who looked older than I did.  That same year I also coached cheer, went back to school to get my Master's degree, and I found out I was pregnant. I commuted about 60 miles to work each day and brought home a whopping $800 a month. I also brought home every illness the students shared. Since I needed days for my maternity leave, I never missed work.  I taught through passing out and through getting shingles in my eighth month of pregnancy.  

For the next 25 years, I continued to teach school,  to be a wife,  to have babies (just 2 more), and to coach some, too:  cheer, cross country, and track. Just when I started looking to retire from teaching and to simplifying my life, I was given the opportunity to work as a designer at Urban Farmhouse Designs. When faced with the decision to walk away from teaching, I realized I wasn't ready to give up that part of my life.  So, that led to my decision to juggle. Now I teach four classes every day from 8 to noon, and I design three days a week!    

Balancing Act

Like me, my husband cannot be idle. He understands my drive.  Without his support, I couldn't do everything I love.  He takes care of the grocery shopping, cooks the meals, assists with the laundry and dishes, and handles all the bills.  I know many people have to juggle it all by themselves, and I truly admire them.  Without my husband's support, I could never keep up with everything because for me, it's about balance.  If all my ducks aren't in a row...if I don't feel as though I'm on top of it at school or at home or at Urban or with my fitness, then something has to give.  I need to be in control in all aspects of my life, and my husband affords me this balance by picking up the slack when I am unable to do so.

For Mother's Day one year, my family bought me a relaxing spa day. I lasted through a facial and a foot massage before I bolted.  For me, constantly moving, constantly juggling feels natural. Someone once told me they felt sad for me that I can't relax. It's not that I can't relax; I've just got things to do! So for now, I will keep doing what I love. I will set my alarm for 4:22 A.M. a few weekday mornings to get my butt out of bed to run. Running has been part of my balance for over 40 years. I will still teach part-time. Teaching has been part of my balance for 27 years now. And I will keep designing three days a week because I enjoy it.  Unless my husband and I buy a home on a beach somewhere, I don't see myself slowing down anytime soon.  Juggling two jobs is hectic, chaotic, time-consuming, and exhausting. It's also a choice. It's my normal. So, for now, I will keep on keepin' on because it's what I've learned, it's what I've lived, and it's what I've always done. 

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28 Comments

  1. Lisa
    July 5, 2017 / 6:08 am

    I love this! And your stories! Keep on keeping on. You’re such a fun encourager to this momma!

    • Shalia
      Author
      July 5, 2017 / 11:41 am

      Thank you so much, Lisa!

  2. Leigh Anne
    July 5, 2017 / 11:58 am

    As a single mom of twins and a pre-k teacher, I get the juggling act… thank you for sharing!!! You keep us all so inspired and motivated!!! ♥️

    • Shalia
      Author
      July 5, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Oh my goodness; hang in there! I know it must be a struggle. My husband was in the military and gone often when my children were little, so many times, I felt like a single parent. I know it doesn’t seem possible, but those difficult times are all a blur now. Thank you for being a teacher. It’s the most important occupation there is!

  3. Paisley
    July 5, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    You know what I remember about being at your house? The chin up bar in the kitchen door and your parents sitting at the kitchen table just talking and laughing at us!!!! Funny the things you remember!!!!

    • Shalia
      Author
      July 5, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      I remember your mom trying to potty train a poodle, and she would take it to the door and make it scratch the door with its little paw, trying to teach it to tell her when it needed to go outside!

      • Bonna Nichols
        July 5, 2017 / 10:43 pm

        Hey it worked!!!

        • Shalia
          Author
          July 6, 2017 / 12:40 pm

          That is true! 🙂

      • Paisley
        February 2, 2018 / 5:04 am

        I never saw this till tonight and I’m dying! 😂😂😂😂

        • Shalia
          Author
          February 4, 2018 / 5:01 pm

          I’m hot.

  4. Lanny and Connie
    July 6, 2017 / 12:53 am

    Yes and in 1976 you were our first babysitter. You were very competitive in sports and academics. So proud of you! I bet you are a great teacher.

    • Shalia
      Author
      July 6, 2017 / 12:49 pm

      What an awesome babysitting job and family! Mr. Sells, anytime you would throw a newspaper article at us and make us teach the class about what we learned, that right there probably prepared me for teaching students more than any of the education classes I ever took in college! I wish more than anything I could find the cassette tape with my interview of Gladys and Emmitt about the Dust Bowl…another project for your class. You will be proud to know that sometimes when my students get sleepy, I make them get up and run around the building- another trick I learned from being in your class. Thanks for being part of that village that helped raise me! I think the world of your family.

      • Lanny and Connie
        July 7, 2017 / 11:43 pm

        Thanks Shalia ! That means a lot to me !

  5. Kaylee
    July 7, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    I look forward to your insta stories everyday! You crack me up! Keep em coming!! 🤗

  6. Angie
    August 8, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Love! First blog post I’ve read of yours.❤️

    • Shalia
      Author
      August 13, 2017 / 5:35 pm

      Thank you so much for reading my blog post and thank you for following us!

  7. Rachelle
    August 13, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Wow! You are a go getter! Also I love the photos. You are so pretty!

    • Shalia
      Author
      August 13, 2017 / 5:34 pm

      Thank you so much and thank you for following us.

  8. Laura
    August 20, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    You look like fun people – too busy to be tired. I love it!

    • Shalia
      Author
      August 21, 2017 / 1:50 am

      Thank you so much!

      • Shalia
        Author
        October 12, 2017 / 10:23 am

        Cathy,

        Thank you so much for following. It is comforting to know there are others out there like me who have difficulty being still! LOL! Thank you again for following along on our journey.

        Shalia 🙂

  9. Cathy
    October 10, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    You described me in a nut shell. At my hair appointments all I can do is think about what I could be doing. I never stop until I drop at night. But I don’t sit idle. Love your blog and your insta stories are something I look forward to, always.

  10. Robin
    October 31, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    I just saw on your Insta story that you grew up in the panhandle! I did too! I grew up in Tyrone where are you from?

    • Shalia
      Author
      November 1, 2017 / 11:02 am

      My dad was the superintendent at Forgan, so that is where I grew up. My uncle was a coach for years at Hooker, but I no longer have family in the Panhandle. It’s a great place to live, and I cherish my memories there.

  11. Christy
    November 25, 2017 / 2:42 am

    Girl, you have 3 jobs! Insta is a job in itself for you guys. Kuddos to you for balancing it all! ❤️

    • Shalia
      Author
      November 26, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      Christy,

      Thank you! The funny thing is, Sandi and started our Instagram page as a hobby…no clue it would turn into another job. Ha! My other two jobs are by choice. I have this fear of missing out somewhere. I hope to slow down sometime soon, however. Thanks for following us.

      Shalia

  12. Yazmin
    December 17, 2017 / 6:59 am

    Nothing motivates me more than seeing your drive and stylish vibes everyday. I am really pushing myself to finish my bachelor’s raising two elementary school boys one with autism and juggling a full time job. It is doable. I can do it because you did! Keep it going. Love the positive smiles.

    • Shalia
      Author
      December 18, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Thank you so much and thank you for choosing the two most important jobs, in my opinion: being a parent and being a teacher. Hang in there, and your grit will pay off.

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