A break from full-time teaching…
As my income is our only paid income, I was not prepared to risk that security in an attempt to operate Artisan Media full-time – not knowing whether it could generate enough for our family. Having a part-time income from part-time teaching seemed like a wise and perfectly natural option.
Primary to Secondary
However, due to the nature of the Secondary School timetabling, I was teaching every day (albeit for bits of each day). This, of course, prevented me from actually testing the water and seeing whether Artisan Media was a viable income earner.
The first three years offered the same challenge – timetabling vs time for Artisan Media. To a point, I felt I was unable to do either as well as I wanted.
Thankfully, 2016 school timetabling allowed me two full days, each week, away from my teaching position. This allowed me to be more available for mid-week filming projects (not to mention mid-week opportunities to edit) as well as offered me opportunities to do relief teaching back in the Primary education sector. The relief teaching was always part of the plan – and turned out to be something I particularly enjoyed.
“When you stop learning, you die!”
One lesson from these past four years is something I have often heard people talk about but not really experienced myself – until now. Sometimes, it is better to earn less money and enjoy life and its journey – than, simply, to earn more money (by working more hours and expelling more energy).
Yep – our family income has been down compared to full-time teaching but my satisfaction with life has been exponentially greater. This has caused us to live in a way that requires us to ask “What is important? What is necessary?” Higher Income versus More Time With Our Family – weighing things up, I reckon I have won out!
It is important to consider the difference between ‘what is urgent’ and ‘what is important.’ At times, we seem to undertake that which is urgent but not necessarily important. Some things are often considered important yet, when all things are weighed up, are not. With the challenges/limitations of my school timetabling, some things (unfortunately) were undone, unfinished, or not even attempted (this was a difficult thing to experience).
So – 2017 is here!
Do we yet know how 2017 will unfold? Nope! Will we make enough money to pay all our bills and household needs? I’m hoping so! Will there be challenges? I expect so!
Family, friends, and faith are pivotal
Somehow, there is a huge weight lifted knowing I have the unwavering support from my wife, Rachel. Regardless of circumstances, we are in this together – through thick, thin, mirky, and clear!
Friends are crucial to life – for enjoyment, balance, and perspective. Friendship is vital to keep us full of life, challenged, and entertained. Friends speak into our lives in an honest, caring way. Friends offer a perspective we miss on our own. We are blessed by incredible friends who look out for us.
Faith. This is something that many people miss out on. Faith in knowing that things will turn out as they are meant to. Faith that Someone is watching over us. Faith that tomorrow is a new day. Faith that we can not do everything on our own and that we do not have to. Faith that provisions will come through, sometimes when we least expect it or from places/people we least expect.
Our faith in God provides us with a perspective we would otherwise miss. Faith in knowing we have been given skills, knowledge, passions, and giftings – and faith to step out and action them.