• KM Dailey

26 Requesting part-time work

I made a list of 100 things I should do that scare me. In 2020, I plan to complete all 100.

My intention has never been to teach full-time for my entire life.

My mentor/coworker works part time and has time to take care of his kids. That’s what I’ve wanted to do for a long time now. If I’d been able to get my writing career off the ground sooner, I might have gone to part time teacher, part time writer (I’ll be honest, that’s still part of my aim, with or without kids in the picture). But no matter the case or reason, I’ve wanted to eventually drop some of my teaching hours, pretty much since I started.

I don’t have kids and I’m not pregnant, but my husband and I intend to start foster care soon, with the intention of adopting. Knowing the process is time-intensive, and knowing we’re in a position to be able to take this step, I requested to go to 80% next year.

Actually, I made the request months ago. I’m just posting it now because yesterday, I got my tentative assignment, so I feel more free to make this public. Technically, it could still fall through, but it’s looking promising. Besides, the fear wasn’t “working part time.” The fear was “requesting part time work.” And I did that.

This is a huge life step and a major commitment and a crazy decision, so I’m calling this a level 5 fear. It doesn’t spur that visceral heart-pounding adrenaline-pumping anxiety like my other level 5 fears, but in many ways, it’s scarier than things that do.



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