A Day in the Life

Homeschooling and Medieval Living

Picking Up Trash

on January 17, 2013

From The Daily Compass:

Wouldn’t it be great if each of our lives came equipped with a truck with a giant suction hose to suck up the garbage that collects around us and ship it out of town? Resentments—slurp! Fretting over things we can’t change—slurp!  Petty frustrations—slurp! And off they would go, leaving clean streets for us to drive down.

What would you like this spiritual garbage truck to vacuum up and take away from your life?

My biggest problem is worry. I stress over everything. I worry over making ends meet. I worry about being a good mother (especially over that one), my parents’ health, my volunteer obligations, my job…. And did I mention bills? I really try not to but it is very hard. I have stomach aches a lot. I work every weekday. I drive over 1000 miles a week. I am away from my kids all the time. I want to home school but I am not able to teach as I would like. I am never home. This is my biggest worry. I worry that I am not doing right by my children. I hate not being home. I really hate making only $1800 a month and putting $1000 in the gas tank. I could do better at McDonald’s. I really want to find a job I can do at home. So many of those jobs are scams though. I have tried being a secret shopper and I have tried doing freelance work online. Neither of those jobs pays enough or uses my skills to the fullest. I love to create websites, write, and organize. I also love people and socializing.  But I just can’t find a job that will let me shine. That is, until recently.

Whenever I find a product/service/company I really like, I check out their website. Then, I see if they are hiring. Granted, I am usually looking for a job for my husband, Erin. He is better at coding and the like. But he is rubbish at customer service. His social skills leave a lot to be desired.  I am the opposite. I have great customer service skills but only HTML/CSS experience.

Anyway… as part of my New Year’s resolution, I have started a blog and kept it going. I found WordPress through my freelance work. Plus, I had used them before and liked them. So, I started a blog and all was well. After a week or so, I looked at their site (www.wordpress.com) and saw that their parent company, Automattic, was hiring. I thought about Erin and how he needed a job. (He is going to school right now and is trying to find work that will fit his schedule.) I saw a position that caught my eye – Happiness Engineer. I looked more at this position. It looked a lot like this:


Happiness Engineer

Our software and services are far from perfect. When things go wrong people are not shy about asking for help. As a Happiness Engineer helping those people is your passion. The position is a mix of education, bug-hunting, and feature testing. Every day you’ll help make our products more understandable to the people who use them.

Being a Happiness Engineer requires:

  • Patience and grace.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Working knowledge of WordPress, HTML, and CSS.
  • A knack for taking technical language and making it understandable.
  • A passion for solving tough problems and proposing elegant solutions.

The WordPress.com and WordPress.org forums are fantastic places to gain the experience required for this position. If you are already active there, let us know! Send a link to your forum profile and we’ll check it out.

Transforming publishing on the web is no small task. We are looking for people with the right mix of compassion, writing skills, and technical knowledge to get the job done. If that describes you, then we would love to chat.


WOW! This really made my day. It sounded like the job was created just for me. I have all the skills and then some. So, I wrote out my resume and sent it off today. I really hope I can at least make it to the interview stage. That would be so wonderful. *fingers crossed*

OK, so I would like a garbage truck to come and take away my stress and worry. That would be awesome. I do mean that in the way the word should mean (full of awe). I don’t mean hot dog awesome. I found a blog post while searching for a quote. I read it and I shed tears of “I know what you mean”. In it, Lori Deschene describes an incident that occurred with a friend of hers. Her friend sounds exactly like me. (I won’t spoil the blog for you. Go over and read it.)  I wish I could be more like Lori. Maybe we could all use a bit of her wisdom. I leave you with a quote from her blog.

“Every time we use the present to stress about the future, we’re choosing to sacrifice joy today to mourn joy we might not have tomorrow.”


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