Part Time Job + Volunteering = Feeling Great!
(St. Louis, MO)
Silliness at Walt Disney World
I posted a couple months ago about how I've been feeling anxious almost this entire year -- I was still working full time but felt emotionally "done" with work. I can't find that post, but that's my previous story in a nutshell.
So...what's happened since?
I proposed working M-W-F at my office and am now being paid hourly, with the full support and encouragement of upper management. I work at least 30 hours/week which means I get to keep group health insurance. (Prices on individual policies are ridiculous! Want to work until 65 so I can get Medicare.)
On Monday afternoons, I drive about 8 blocks from my downtown St. Louis office to a city elementary school, where I read to a preschool class. (Ready Readers' mission is to instill a love of reading among young children from disadvantaged neighborhoods.)
Then I go back to work for the rest of the afternoon.
From home on Tuesday mornings, I lead a sing along for the memory care residents of an assisted living facility near my house. From there, I drive two blocks further to an elementary school where I tutor a 3rd grade boy in reading (OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring). Then I have the rest of the day to go for walks or whatever I want.
On Thursday mornings, I swim at a nearby gym, shower, and then go to the elementary school to read with a 3rd grade girl. I lead a weekly sing along on Thursday afternoons with a different assisted living facility.
I'm spending time at my local library on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday -- looking for books I can "act out" to the preschoolers, books for my 3rd grade boy that will get him enthusiastic, and books for my 3rd grade girl who is reading on a 1st grade level. I. Am. Loving. It.