Monday, August 6, 2012
Is It Still Work When You Do It In Your Pajamas?
I've been retired for several years now. I have adjusted to staying up late and sleeping in. I do my grocery shopping when the rest of the world is at work. I never go to Costco on the weekend. When I travel I'm not limited to holidays or summer vacations. I know how fortunate I am to live a relatively stress-free life. I can't remember the last time I used the alarm clock. This blissful existence changed last week when the school superintendent contacted me.
In my pre-retirement life as a school administrator I had great success in securing some big grants for the school district. Grant writing was like a hobby for me. Most of the grants were written in my spare time at home, usually while I was watching TV. Grant writing was fairly stress-free because no one was paying me to do it or counting on the funding to keep a program operating. If I won a grant it was like winning the lottery...a lucky break. I got a reputation in the area as the go to person for writing grants.
When I first retired I tinkered with the idea of freelancing as a grant writer. I even took on a project with a neighboring school district. That effort was not funded and I realized that I really didn't want to start a business and market my skills. I like to dabble and pick and choose my projects.
So, last week the superintendent asked for my help in securing grants for a project at our high school. I went to a meeting and got excited about the concept. I met with the superintendent and hammered out terms. All of a sudden I was employed . This past week I actually had to be places at a specific time. I had to go to meetings. And last Wednesday I drove 400 miles to hand deliver a grant application to a foundation to meet their submission deadline (really, have they not heard about the Internet?)
It's probably an ideal situation for me. I work my own hours and most of the time I can wear pajamas, except when I have to go to meetings! The downside if I am not successful in securing grant funding, is public failure....I'm feeling the pressure!
This evening I attended one of the committee meetings. The athletic director gave me a grant application for a grant that is a good match for our project. The catch? It's due in two days! We are leaving tomorrow for three days camping in the RV at the Deschutes River. Good thing I can do my new job anywhere. I'll get the writing done lounging around camp and when I'm ready to post the application (this foundation has an online application) I will ride my bike to Biggs Junction where there is a McDonalds with Internet.
I better go get my pajamas on and get started...I've got a job to do!