I got a second job.
This girl is going back to her roots…waitressing three to four nights a week, including my weekends. I am going to be exhausted and I have no idea how I will fit my training in, but I am excited to make some money. And the truth is, I really like waitressing.
I started waitressing when I was 17, at the local Perkins three mornings a week. I remember being amazed at how much money I could make in five or six hours. While still working at Perkins, I also took a job at Friendly’s a few nights a week. I ended up working at Friendly’s for a total of five and a half years. I worked at a few other restaurants in between those jobs and probably would have stayed a waitress if it came with benefits. In the end, that was the only reason I even stopped. Despite the assholes that don’t tip and the real crazy people that throw food at you…waitressing is not only fun but a huge money maker if you are good. The restaurant where I will be working is a higher scaled place with a good clientele. I am nervous but I feel like this is a good thing for me right now.
It goes without saying that my time is going to become even more limited. I am nervous about training and keeping up with workouts…and I am really nervous about how I will fit racing into my schedule. But the truth is, without a second job there would be no racing in 2011 anyway. When it comes down to it, the money just isn’t going to be there without a second income. And I know if I give up racing, training will go by the wayside because I won’t have anything to look forward to. Plus, I love racing- everything from the excitement leading up the day to the actual day and all the people and the whole community. It so much a part of who I am, I cannot imagine giving it up.
All my life I have worked more than one job or worked and went to school at the same time. Being busy, super busy, is nothing new to me. But over the course of the last year I have enjoyed having only one job. I have enjoyed going to bed at 9-10pm. I have enjoyed waking up, running and then lounging on Sunday mornings. I know once I get into a routine I will be fine but I would be lying if I said I thought this was going to be easy. I am hoping that after a few weeks, I get my brain (and body) into a rhythm…starting in the off-season is probably going to be very helpful!