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  •  What I would do (3+ / 0-)
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    Heart of the Rockies, TRsCousin, jck

    Make a list of values: money, time flexibility, working with students, all the positive things that you might get from a job. Then order them, by your priorities, as much as you can. (You can subdivide, e.g., making at least $X per hour might be more important than making $2X or more.)

    Make a list of negatives, commute time, etc., and order them.

    Put both lists away.

    Make a table of all known options, and list these for each option:
    Pros, Cons, Risk factors, Unknowns, other considerations.

    Then sleep on it all, do something outside to clear your mind, and then read all this as though you are grading it.

    BTW, your "retail" option makes me nervous, for some reason, maybe because my nonprofit experience is that "cause" things tend to want way more than 40 hours, and the nights/weekends end up being added to regular hours. Fine, if that's what you signed up to do, otherwise, not so much.

    We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties, namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money, the poor because they had too much. JK Galbraith, 1991

    by Urban Owl on Sat May 04, 2013 at 05:55:41 AM PDT

    •  thanks for suggestion, but (0+ / 0-)

      I have found trying to make those kinds of lists really does not work for me.  I find it restrictive.

      I do consider the various factors.

      I know there is some financial restriction up front from the "retail" situation as compared to even a 1/2 time teaching position, although it would probably give me more flexibility to do free lance writing for pay.

      And it is NOT a non-profit situation, i can assure you of that.  Although the owner is very much committed to progressive politics and social justice, it is part of a larger profit-making entity.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sat May 04, 2013 at 06:02:57 AM PDT

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