Leavin' the lumberyard

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Blog entry by Lumpyx posted 03-08-2013 03:47 AM 1329 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the past 2 years I have worked in a great local lumberyard. I love my job, the people I work with, the customers I encounter (most of them anyway), the big stacks of various species of wood stacked high and all the aromas that they hold. I love the smell of the brewing coffee and fresh cut walnut in the morning, the men I work with who have become like my own brothers, the feeling of actually enjoying my job and all that comes with it. All in all I love my job. Recently I applied for a position at a plastic injection molding company as a mold tech and I have been hired. With another child arriving in a month I feel I can’t really turn down a job thats paying me a starting wage that’s double what I’m making now. However it’s hard to shake the guilt and I suppose fear of walking away from a job that I love. After all had I not worked here I’m not sure I would have got into woodworking. Now that I feel it’s become my passion It feels so wrong to walk away from it but I guess ya gotta grow up sometime. It’s gonna be a new adventure and I suppose I should just embrace, I’m just not as excited as I thought I would be. Plus those sweet discounts are pretty nice to have, haha. I’m excited to learn something new yet fearful of the unknown, well I guess I just gotta hold on tight and hope for the best. Life always works itself out.

-- "For long you live and high you fly, but only if you ride the tide."

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 06:22 AM

Your in that provibial rock and a hard place. You need to do what’s best for your family and that should make you feel good about your descision. Can you work part time at the lumber yard, say on saturday’s to keep a tie to what you enjoy (and maybe keep your discounts). If you said you were only going to make 10 or 20 percent more I would tell you to get a second job to keep the one you love but twice as much is hard to pass up. I don’t know, you will have to do the math but good luck and keep your wood working!

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 06:40 AM

lump, get over the old job; and on with the’re going to be making double of what you were making. with that extra money, you can buy the wood you think you might be missing out on.
besides you’ve got another mouth to feed soon. and with this new job, i’m sure you’ll have some greatly needed medical insurance.i wouldn’t work there part time either.i’d use the time to learn the proper care and feeding of newborns. once you’ve got that down; then its into your shop, and make something.
go get em Lump, congrats on the extra money and new career.

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 07:07 AM

A man does for his family first. One of the feelings I have gotten in my short time here is that folks on here are kind of “old fashioned” in that respect….and I for one like that. In our “live for yourself, do what feels good, do what ever makes you happy society, hearing you put your family first is refreshing.

Congrats on the new job, and on the new baby.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 07:20 AM

Well, try this…

Ask yourself… ” What is the most valuable part of my life?”

When you answer that question, you will lose any & all guilt you may have had…
... and when you really think about it, the other side of that past guilt, I’ll bet, is a lot of true Best Wishes & Congratulations for being able to take care of your family better than before… They are happy for you and don’t feel in any way anything against you.

Now, take what you have been given and do the best you can with it, which I’m sure you will do…

You can still look back with fond memories & maybe even keep in contact with old friends… so, all is not lost.

Congratulations on your giant step forward in your life!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 03-10-2013 06:01 AM

Thanks for all the feedback everyone. I suppose it really is a good thing and now I can afford more tools (and replace my current tools with good brands)! The downside I see to it is that it’s my first experience working third shift. 12 hr. shifts 6pm-6am and with another kid coming Im having a hard time imagining finding time to work on projects and learning. Im still young and have plenty of energy and good spirit but getting a new job with a new shift, new baby, and new house (all within a months time)’s just an awful lot to take in and process at once.Oh well bring it on, my family means more than anything ever could to me some I’m willing to suck it up and do anything for them. By the way any woodworkers here who work 3rd shift? Any suggestions/tips/ideas, let me know!

-- "For long you live and high you fly, but only if you ride the tide."

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