16 Extra Hours per Week??

Tree Woman, KP-1994Three weeks ago, I applied for a new job.  One week ago, I had an interview for that job.  My two references were called this week.  SO, I am hoping that I will have a job offer this week for a new position that would allow me to work from home full-time starting in the new year.

Over the last few weeks, I have felt a huge sense of sadness at the thought of leaving my current job.  While the 4 hour per day commute has been exhausting, it has felt good to work, once again, for a progressive organization that aims to improve the community for people from all walks of life.  It has felt good to have a Supervisor to collaborate with, a Manager who likes to talk about politics, and a Director who provides positive feedback.  I have felt like a valued member of a team that does important work.

But I have also felt myself longing for an end to my daily commutes.  Four days per week, I jump out of bed at 6:15, scramble out the door at 6:50 to catch the 7:15 train in Burlington, which gets me into Toronto by 8:15.  I walk up the hill, grab a coffee, and get into my office by 9:00 am.   Four days per week, I leave my home by 7:00 am and get home by 7:00 pm.  One  day a week, I work from home, which feels like heaven.   So, I am spending 16 hours per week commuting to my job; 8 hours on a train; 4 hours in a car; and 4 hours walking.  So, if I get this new position, I will have 16 hours a week that are currently lost to commuting!!!  I can have my life back!!

Earth Woman, KP-1991So, this has me dreaming about what would I do with 16 extra hours per week?  Here is my list:

  • Join a club to work out 3 days per week;
  • Take an art class in acrylic painting;
  • Take a meditation class;
  • Write a blog, once per week, instead of once per month, for my non-profit organization;
  • Walk in the Conservation area 4 days per week.

What would you do with 16 extra hours per week???

About kp

I am a woman and a mother, a sister and a wife. I have called myself a socialist and a feminist, an environmentalist and an activist, a pagan and an atheist. But, at this stage in my life, none of these labels feel right. I am searching; trying to find an inner calm; trying to make peace with life's disappointments; trying to answer the big questions in my own small life.
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11 Responses to 16 Extra Hours per Week??

  1. I would definitely ramp up the exercise routine – it always comes last for me :/ Fingers crossed for you!

  2. I would exercise and read like crazy! It sounds amazing to suddenly get 16 extra hours, plus avoiding the fatigue of commuting! You’ll be in my thoughts, good luck!!!

  3. Here’s to getting your Life Back Kim…. I cannot even begin to imagine what 4 hrs commuting would be like then working … I travel half hour in my car to work… leave home at 7am to get to work for 7-30am….. and do a straight 7and half hour shift support work… sometimes I do afternoons 3 until 10-30 with a sleep in.. end of shift 7 30 next morning… I think you will be fine :-) … Embrace the changes…. and know we are all of us being guided to shape our lives to be in the right place right now.. :-) xxx

  4. mysweatyshirt says:

    Job! It’s like a treasure hunt when it comes to job. I had just finished my study and finding a job is like finding a needle in haystack. Thought of working from home but have no idea on what. :P Congrats on your job.

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