My co-worker once commented that I could be making the same amount of money working as a part-time nutritionist for fewer hours than I work as an early childhood educator.
When I decided to pursue a career in nutrition when I was in college it wasn’t for the money, and now, when I am working in child development to pursue another passion of mine in the same place that my baby daughter attends “school,” it isn’t for the money either.
In a similar vein, I recently received an opportunity to work an additional childcare role on the weekends. While I am grateful for the extra income it provides, I would surely be happy if it provided more! But again, I’m not doing it primarily for the money. Yes, I want and need the extra income, but in addition to that, I’ve noticed my entire week is more energized and centered with this additional weekend shift. I feel blessed to be able to play this vital role in my community. I am happy to help and I am grateful for the lovely families I meet.
Our society places a lot of value on money. There are a lot of messages we receive, even subliminally.
Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and ask ourselves: What truly makes us happy?