I’m going to have to take this blog somewhere else, I get such awful reception in the room I’m staying in, I started it in a Word doc but have transferred it over to my WordPress platform which keeps going in and out.
Story of my life.
Half the time that I am at home the internet will drop or I can’t get online or I’m standing on one foot doing the electric boogaloo trying to pick up the signal so I can post my blog.
I could go elsewhere in the house, I suppose that may be the answer at this time.
I don’t want to though, I’m all cozy in my room and I need a bit of a break from the day and the family and the stuff and things.
I know very well why I am not the woman who would ever accept an in house nanny gig, meaning a live-in.
It’s just way too hard to assert boundaries when there’s no physical space, and fuck, I have a super hard time asserting boundaries anyhow.
I tried a bit today and it didn’t go well.
Which was sort of the expectation I had all along when I have thought about what I need to ask for in my job for me to do a good job.
I actually don’t want to talk about it right now since it feels very unresolved and very not able to address it in the moment and I feel pretty stressed about it.
Stress and anxiety never really serve me and as I sit in my room in this big house out in the Sonoma country side I put into my mind all the love and support I have from my friends and know that whatever happens, I’m going to be fine.
I just don’t have much practice with conflict resolution in my work life or in my life in general.
I can’t stand conflict, let me be up front.
Conflict in my life was not typically met well.
I joked with a friend tonight that I was terrified to have conflict because I realize that I think I’m going to be beaten if I bring up an issue that I have needs around.
This is a dramatic reenactment of my childhood shit that still lingers when I least want it to.
I also know that a lot of this can be circumnavigated the more I communicate what I need.
I also know that sometimes people don’t want to hear that you have needs or aren’t interested in helping you meet them.
And that’s ok too.
This is all my stuff.
My stuff I get to work on and if it doesn’t work out, hey, there are other jobs in the sea, I’m good at what I do, I am smart, capable, loving, kind, compassionate and accommodating.
Too accommodating for my own good, as the case may be.
I’ll leave it at that.
Which yes is vague blogging, but I really don’t feel comfortable airing it out here until I know what is going to happen next for me.
As there is still conversation that needs to happen.
One nice thing about asking for what I need is saying what I have to have in regards to hours for the fall and being met with an affirmative yes, that is doable.
Basically what I did last year, work 35 hours a week on weeks I’m not in school and weeks when I am, 28 hours a week.
It’s enough to get by and cover my costs if I am frugal.
I also found out that I am going to have a slightly different Friday than I was expecting.
I thought I would be here in Glen Ellen with the family, but mom asked me to go back to the city early, after work on Thursday and help out by being at the house on Friday while they are still here in Glen Ellen and cooking for them so that they are set up when they get back from the summer vacation and have things ready for the boys for the first week of school.
I can totally do that!
It helps me out as much as them.
I’ll be able to return the rental car early, Thursday night, rather than trying to helter skelter it back on Friday and then get back to my house to leave with my ride share to the event.
I’ll also be done with work and in the city by 6p.m. versus leaving Glen Ellen at 6p.m. and then having to drive back with Friday traffic.
This means home by 6:30 p.m. and ready to go by 7p.m.
I e-mailed my ride and let him know that I would be ready an hour and a half earlier than I thought.
There is also a very good possibility that I will be done sooner than 6p.m., but I am going to play it safe and not promise that I will be available sooner than that.
I did indicate there was reason to believe I may be done sooner, but it all depends on how much cooking I get done and how fast the InstaCart delivery gets to the house.
If it follows like it did the last time I cooked for the family when they wanted a big supply of dinners in the freezer from me when I went to my school retreat, I’ll be done by 5p.m.
That would be the most optimal.
I would love to come home and leisurely get my organized stuff out to the front of the house and change into something appropriate for a long drive and maybe shot gun a coffee or thirteen.
I mean we will be driving all night.
But that is fine with me.
I am so eager to go.
Just have to make it through the next two days without imploding.
I know that ultimately for me this is a great growth opportunity and that there is no malicious intent on either side, and it’s also just a job.
It may be challenging to get what I need or to ask for it, but if this isn’t the right place for me to keep growing and being of service, there are other places.
And I’m grateful, I’m grateful for the conflict, I’ll probably change my mind about that tomorrow when we talk, but I know that I’m growing and that this is change and change begets change and I deserve to grow.
And to know that conflict doesn’t mean annihilation.
It just means communication of uncomfortable things.
And I don’t need to be right.
But I do need to be happy.
And that means, communication.
I just need to say what works for me.
Even if it’s not heard they way I want it to be heard, or it’s misconstrued.
I know I will be better off for having voiced it.
Here’s to having a voice.
Here’s to change.
Even when it sucks.
Since that typically is the time when I grow the most, benefit the most, and find even greater reserves of love in my life.
It’s all about the love.
Always has been
Always will be.