Summer Job

I love my job.  I get to do something I love while sitting on the couch, sometimes binge watching Netflix.  Owning your own business & working from home certainly have their perks; this winter I worked from a blanket fort, I get to set my own hours, and I only have to take on projects that interest me.

But there is a flipside of that coin.  Owning your own business is stressful, and can feel all-consuming.  I’ve had to put in some serious thought in making sure Dahl House Designs doesn’t completely take over my entire life.  And, one of the hardest parts is that when you work from home, you can sometimes get pretty isolated.  We’re working on building “our tribe” here in Connecticut, and we’ve met some great people.  But, I miss getting out of the house & interacting with the community.


Brian & I have talked several times about me potentially getting a second job; a more typical part-time gig.  We aren’t hurting financially, but saving some extra cash for retirement (aka the boat fund) would be a perk… and I’d love having daily conversations with people besides my husband & our dog.

The trouble is, a second job meant giving up the freedom I’ve come to value as a small business owner.  I didn’t want to end up working somewhere and lose my evenings or weekends with Brian.  I wanted to continue to do a good job with Dahl House Designs.  Whenever the idea has come up, I’ve always ultimately decided against it.


But then, our ice cream place (which is approximately 3 minutes from our house) put out a notice on Facebook that they were hiring for the summer… and that they specifically needed help during the noon-4 shift.  For some reason, my heart did a little leap when I saw this post.  The hours seemed perfect: it’s close, it’s seasonal, it’ll get me outside (located on a farm!), and I’ll get to talk with actual human beings during the day.  Not to mention… ice cream.

I contacted them, filled out an application, had a super casual interview with the owner (who was sitting on a running tractor during our whole conversation).  I decided that if I took on very limited new Dahl House Designs projects this summer, I could totally swing it… And I start scooping ice cream on Friday!

The next few weeks might be a little more full than I’d like, but once the High School lets out for the summer, the hours become very flexible.  I am excited to get out there, and I figure the worst that can happen is that I don’t like it, and never have to do it again after the summer is over!  But, I think it will actually be a lot of fun; my goal is to try all the flavors before the season ends.  Hoping there is some kind of employee discount!!

Tell me about your summer job experiences!  Any crazy stories!?


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