Friday, July 22, 2011

Change is good…I’m hoping…

You all know daycare hasn’t been the most profitable this past year. Thinks have changed, people have moved on and my numbers have shrunk so in order for me to keep doing daycare for the family I have left, because you also know that this is my life, I love kids so much and don’t want to do something different, I have found a solution, I am hoping.

Meet Julie (that’s me), one of Aitkin County’s new activity bus driver.

Now it’s just part time because I’m still doing daycare but when I talked to the bus garage they were thrilled. You see, the manager of the bus garage has known me since my early teens. He’s known me through driving truck, working at the nursing home and now daycare. I see him at least yearly when they make their first few runs of the year and I talk to him yearly because each year my numbers and kids change for the bus pickup/drop offs. All drivers in our district start off as activity drivers. It’s a chance to get a feel of the job without the rush of a timed schedule. Now to do this I already posses a commercial’s driver license so I don’t have to do that, I need though to get the endorsements for bus driving and safety and then do some practice driving with their instructor. I think there’s a drivers test too with the bus but wasn’t clear about that. I don’t think I’ll have any problems with any of the driving, now the written test…I’m not good at test, they make me sick really but I will start studying this weekend and hopefully feel able to take the written test next Friday. Oh I have to get a DOT physical too and pay for a background check, about $100.00 above and beyond what I don’t already have but we’ll figure that out in due time.

Because I’ve been scared out of my mind I wasn’t going to share this quite yet but you guys have always supported me, prayed for me and my family I’m once again asking for your support and prayers and courage to step out of my comfortable box and add something really new.

It’s the weekend, a quiet relaxing one I think. Well there’s garage saling tomorrow and then in the afternoon our friends are coming over to spend some much needed friend time. Mike is going to be hosting a shoot and I am going to go for a leisure walk with Terri and some chat time. Shopping on Sunday and maybe fishing if Jim has the time. And the most important, study time.

I’ll be back on Monday with a Slimmer this Summer challenge update and I’m hoping for a decrease in weight, I won’t promise it though cuz to lose weight you have to concentrate, move your butt and eat well and this week with what’s been happening, I haven’t done a lot of any of it but we’ll see.

Take care my friends and have a blessed and awesome weekend.


Jo said...

That sounds like something you can work right into your schedule. And it sounds as if you have most of the credentials already. Good luck!

JW said...

Defiitely sounds like a viable solution for you, I wish you the best with it! Enjoy the quiet weekend. :)

Shawn said...

Good luck on your new adventure. I think it sounds like a fantastic solution which could work into a more stable income as your child care kiddo's move on.
The best thing, you will still be working with children!
You will do great on the test. Wish I could take it for you, that is one thing I am good at. I took a test taking seminar in college and boy did it help!

Take care my friend,

debkhershberger said...

Sounds exciting!! Hope it works out for you!!! Often times if you check with your local employment office, they will have a 'job center' or something similar. They do drug testing and DOT physicals (for free). And sometimes we have patients who come in and the employer actually pays for the physical.
Be praying for you!

kristi said...

Hope this is a good fit for you!!

Ronnie said...

That sounds like fun! I saw in the Penny Saver yesterday they were looking for drivers around here... I might take after you and submit an application. :)

EmptyNester said...

I hope this works out for you, my friend who possesses boundless energy!

Karen Butler Ogle said...

Good luck with the bus job, Julie. It sounds like just what you need right now. I will be praying that it works out for you. Hang in there and keep the faith.