Jaime Parker Stickle is an author, writer, and actor with an MFA from the University of California, Riverside. She is the creator and co-host of the “Make That Paper” podcast, which looks at all the strange side hustles we artists do to support our art, and the new storytelling series “Okay You Guys…” in Los Angeles. Her work has been published in both the 2018 and 2019 Adelaide Literary Anthologies. She is currently in revisions on her novel! And, she is the co-editor of the GXRL blog.
I work a job that I don't like for the money. It is seriously killing my soul. I really want to quit my job and focus on building my dream business, which I have been building in my head for months now, but my current job gives my husband and I health insurance and ensures we don't struggle financially. I have a side hustle that brings in some money, but it's not steady. Agggh, I don't know what to do! Should I tough it out and stay at my job that I hate for security? Or, just go for it and focus all my energy on building my dream business?
My daughter is 10 1/2 and since the pandemic started, she’s super clingy. She lets me go to work—no problems there. She has a good daily routine. But at night she doesn’t want me to leave. So I’ve been sleeping with her. It’s all good, my husband says I snore anyways. But I don’t think it’s healthy for her. And she is always asking me if I’m okay and she tells me she loves me about 20 times too much a day. I may be exaggerating but she does say it a bit more than she should. What can I do?