In the wee hours of the night, and during nap times on the weekends, I type away on the computer, trying to crank out a post, or a freelance piece, or a book chapter. Sometimes I wonder if I am absolutely nuts to pursue projects and work beyond my full-time job, motherhood and household management – but something pulls me to these side jobs.
- Part of me does it for the creative outlet. I’ve always loved to write and embrace the challenge of taking a blank page and filling it with a story.
- Part of me does it because I miss my journalism days. I love to interview people. I’m no Oprah, but I like to ask questions, listen and dig into a piece to create an article others will want to read.
- Part of me does it because I think these passions could lead to something greater. Yes, I need to pay the bills, but who says I have to stop dreaming? Maybe I can become an author, or a columnist or turn one of these sidebar gigs into something much greater.
Still, there are moments when I’m working on these extracurricular projects and I wonder if I should be sleeping, or cleaning, or planning something for the kids. Have I taken on too much?
I’m definitely not alone. As I’ve come to discover, there are many women not only juggling one job, but two.
In my own circle of friends, a handful are pulling second shifts.
- One woman works full-time in a corporate office, but is building a fashion business on the side selling CAbi clothes. Why? Because she loves connecting with other women and styling their lives.
- Another friend plays digital marketer by day, and jewelry designer by night.
- My yoga instructor teaches several classes throughout the week, on top of teaching special needs children Monday through Friday.
- And, of course I have several friends pursuing outside writing lives. On top of blogging for fun, they strive to get published in esteemed print and online magazines and news outlets.
Is this a new trend, or have women always been so ambitious? The extra money is nice … sometimes. God knows it is expensive to raise kids! But for most of my friends, the second job is more about pursuing a passion – something that lights them up.
Ideally, your full-time job would be the sole source that fuels your livelihood and dreams, but sometimes it’s not. You need one job to pay the bills, and another to inspire. Or perhaps you love both of your jobs, and you simply get different things from the varying pursuits.
Regardless, I’m always amazed by these women who manage to do so much – and raise great kids as well. The creativity, passion and ambition is awesome, and I think it sends a wonderful message to our families. We, as mothers and women, have so much to offer. Sure, we might need to dab on some extra concealer under our eyes, but if these outside projects and jobs fuel us, then I’m guessing they fill our hearts and minds in ways that make us more beautiful inside and out.
Are you a working mom pursuing a second job or passion?
How do you find the time and why have you elected to take the second gig on?