To all the jobs I've had before...
Written by
Candy Fite
December 2010
Written by
Candy Fite
December 2010


Thank you for making me well-rounded!


My husband of over twenty years and I were driving home from dinner the other night. We were discussing my newest employment endeavor. Of course, he always has to throw in the, “I hope you find something new soon, because I can’t afford to send you to trapeze artist school.” As IF they had a school for that.


I grew agitated when he began recalling all of the jobs or trainings I’ve had since I became a working class citizen. I crossed my arms, pursed my lips and stared out the window. I do this when I’m irritated with him or when he listens to talk radio while were traveling, which makes me want to poke my eyeballs out with a splintered stick.


My J-o-b-s are listed chronologically below: (I will mention here, I’ve never been fired)



Grocery store cashier

Sandwich princess at Subway

Assistant at a printing press (yes, I actually helped run the machines)

House cleaner

Baby-sitter / nanny

Receptionist at a car dealership

File clerk in same dealership

Geisha girl in Japanese Karaoke bar (while we were stationed in Okinawa)

Leasing consultant (for all of 42 days)

Cashier at a hardware store (they hired me 5 months pregnant!)


Day-care teacher of schoolers (lasted 9 days, my child got extremely ill there!)

Receptionist at a title company

Real Estate assistant (quit after he wrote me a hot paycheck!)

Orthodontist assistant

Mommy a 2nd time!

Avon Representative (lasted 4 months—spent more than I made)

Master Gardner class

Gardener / Sales at garden shop


Real Estate assistant (same agent, what? People deserve 2nd chances!)

Sales Representative for an ad-specialty company

Gardener / Sales at garden shop (again)

Jr. College (wanted to be a teacher)

Substitute teacher

Teacher aide for kindergarten

Teacher aide for resource / special education

Yoga teacher training

Yoga instructor

Library Assistant (until October 2010)


Let’s just say while he was busy reminiscing and laughing and trying desperately to remember all of my previous jobs, he forget seven of the above which I’ve included for my own enjoyment.  The holiday lights I observed out the car window that evening lifted my spirits, plus, I knew deep down his comments were all in fun.


I am sitting here tapping away at the computer on December 31, 2010 and thinking of all the wonderful jobs I’ve been given the opportunity to have. I’m still a mom, a gardener, a writer and a yoga instructor. These four occupations are the upmost fulfilling for me as a human being. Think about it.


Being a mother, I get the ultimate enjoyment in life of watching my two beautiful daughters grow into incredible people. It’s one of the toughest and rewarding jobs in the world. My job as a mother is never finished, I’m always on-call and my only payment is the love I see in their eyes and watching them succeed. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.


As a gardener, I’m an artist. A creator. Gardening, like mothering, is rewarding. I only choose to garden at home now, so, I don’t get paid for it. My payoffs come in the spring when my roses stop traffic on the highway in front of our home.


Writing…ah, writing. Writing is how I spell r-e-l-i-e-f. It’s an escape, a chance for my creativity to explore the cavernous corners of my imaginative brain. Plus, I can get paid for it!


Yoga. Is there a more peaceful word? Say it aloud. Yoga. Don’t you just want to slide into downward facing dog? I’m about to embark on my newest employment endeavor I mentioned at the beginning of this post. Once again, I go back to yoga where I can share with others the beauty of the ancient practice. If I was rich, I’d teach it for free. But, I’m not.


There you go, sweet husband of mine, look at my long list of jobs and weep (or leap!) because you’ve only had five.


Happy New Year!

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  • Rs Emeline

    Like you've I've held numerous jobs, and though some of them were short lived they were a step toward the person I've become. I envy your yoga prowess-- I'd love to become proficient enough to teach, but currently I've managed to master downward dog. ;) I've only just started doing it off and on (I admit it's because it was part of P90X) and it has helped my flexibility and my core strength. It's done wonders for my lower back strength too. 

    Thank you for sharing this with us. :) Do you have a blog outside of SW?

  • Candy Fite

    I like that, "Jane of all trades". It is quite a colorful list. I especially like sharing stories of when we were stationed in Japan and I worked for 8 mos. at a local karaoke bar. I can still recall the numerous times I was asked to sing "Love me Tender" and "Fly me to the Moon" because one other girl and I were the only ones who spoke English, and for some odd reason, they still thought those two songs were hits here in the states.

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