The Process of Selling Out

From Raging Against the Machine, to Working for the Man.
Frozen yogurt and gummy bears.

Frozen yogurt and gummy bears.

Snake bite / Black velvet.  Nice day off.

Snake bite / Black velvet. Nice day off.

Somebody put on baby sisters clothes.

Somebody put on baby sisters clothes.

Daddy bought Harper her first makeup set.

Daddy bought Harper her first makeup set.

Harper got herself a turtle.

Harper got herself a turtle.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

—Confucius

A Quick Jump to Present Day and a Preview of the Future

With a near 3 year old and another one on the way, my outlook on life has dramatically changed since my introduction with parenting.  Kids really show you how to let go of all the unimportant crap in life.  They teach you to live in the moment, to live in the now.  How good it feels to un-shoulder the burden of the unimportant.

She was an alien, really - a sort of eating, pooping, tantrum machine - and he didn’t understand anything about her species.

—Christopher Moore

Time with My Daughter

I was able to spend over six months at home with my baby girl Harper.  Looking back, I don’t think I’ve ever been happier.  Just staying home and taking care of my girl.  Breakfast and Lunch.  Baths and Playtime.  Being able to have alone time to connect and bond with my child. 

Oh, and being abe to keep the house clean.  That was beautiful.  There is a Zen quality to cleaning and having a spotless environment.

Of course I spent some time looking for jobs.  You have to when you are getting paid that unemployment, don’t want to get audited.  I searched for jobs everyday while Harper napped.  I swore to myself that I would not just take any job just to be employed.  I needed something that was going to be for the longrun.  But every job that I found  was not paying enough.

Basically, it made more sense for me to stay home with the kid due to the cost of daycare.  We would have been losing money if I had gone back to work at the pay being offered at that time. 

So, that is what I did.  I looked for jobs part-time and I focused on my growing baby full-time and you know what, I really found some peace.

The soul is healed by being with children.

—Fyodor Dostoyevsky