Last week I published a letter from myself now, to myself at 17. I’m currently juggling, two jobs and hope it all works out in the end, nut i do not know yet whether it is going to work out. I hope it does but, I just do not know. I have written a letter based on what I hope Sara 60 will be able to tell me.
Dear Sara 35,
I know it is hard at the moment, you are juggling two jobs and sometimes have to work 8 days in a row. All that and you are earninig less than you did before redundancy. But keep, applying for research jobs at the university. You get to be involved in lots of interesting research. For some of the research you have authored articles in journals.
You have worked 3 days a week, since your first child was born. The university is a good place to work in terms of balancing work and family. Lot’s of people work part time. As unlike role prior to redundancy you are not dealing with sponsors in the US who demand that certain tasks are done that day even if it already 6pm for you. Therefore it is much easier to be flexible around school dor offs, pick ups, sports days, nativity plays, children being sick ands recently university open days.
As the work is interesting and rewarding and working 3 days, gives a good work balance you are happy to continue and are not thinking of retitirng yet.
You have now paid of your mortgage after extending the house.
Keep it up. I know lots of people around you tell you , it will be alright in the end. But I’m telling you now It is ok in the end.
From Sara 60