Remember how Joel was laid off from the University due to budget cuts? I may have mentioned that my own University position was basically safe, simply because the money I earn teaching private lessons comes from student paid fees and not state funds. However, I didn't mention that my job was still kind of in jeopardy because they were probably hiring a big time mezzo soprano to teach adjunctly (what Metropolitan Opera performer wants to teach adjunctly at a tiny university is beyond me!) and they were hoping to give her most of the students that would ordinarily be given to me and the other adjuncts.
Anyway, so when I didn't hear from the Vocal Area Head after more than a week of classes had gone by, I began to worry. But then I got a slew of emails from her and I have the biggest load I have ever had at the University. Turns out the mezzo isn't coming to teach after all, and I have lots of students.
Which is both good and bad.
Good, because it more than makes up for the money we lose from Jazz Band. I have so many students this semester, that I am making what I made last semester, plus what Joel made (which was double what I made...are you following?) and then even more on top of that. Truly a blessing. Financially speaking. I knew that the Lord would come through for us, and there you have it.
Bad, because I am a little stressed out at my schedule. If I had my druthers, I wouldn't be working at all, as there is so much to be done at home and I often feel like my children get the short end of the stick. I am teaching lessons every single day of the week this semester, with the exception of Monday and Sunday. And even though I only technically "work" 9 hours a week, having it spread all out like that is somewhat daunting.
But I am thankful to have a career that allows me to only work 9 hours a week and still make almost half of what my husband makes at his full time job. I only hope that people continue taking voice lessons as the economy situation becomes more and more bleak, because I kind of like the cushiness aspect of it. And I don't want to resort to teaching piano lessons. I really don't like teaching piano lessons. I've done it, and I learned that I am a voice teacher 100%.
However, I'm trying to even be thankful for all the stress that it is causing. If nothing else, I need to take the opportunity to learn. For me it's about scheduling my time wisely and getting things done early in the day. That's what I need to learn. Then I won't be stressed.
At least that's the hope.