However, it's kind of making me nervous at the same time. I'm afraid I'm moving too quick, maybe focusing on the wrong things - or not putting things on the list with the right priority. I know so much of finding a job is a "timing" thing.
So - here's kind of the deals available to me "in a nutshell".
Opportunity #1 - I have an opportunity for a cooking gig one night a week total of 10 hrs week, pay fits the unemployment criteria and there are no benefits. They are willing to let me do this until I find a "real" job. This will/would start the first week in October. I think it sounds kind of fun and interesting. They are willing to let me be as creative as I want (provided I stay within the budget) and I could really focus on local/fresh produce/products. I see little/no reason to not take this offer.
Opportunity #2 - Includes the option above - but adds cooking for another segment of a faith based business until they hire someone to do this job, because it involves working with children. So it would need to be VERY short term for me because:
- we know how I feel about kids - and what boring cooking
- the added hours would qualify it to offer benefits AND take up enough of my time I couldn't look for a "real" job. (or write)
Opportunity #3 - Is designing a "full out" Food Ministry for this organization. It would include cooking on-site for the organization PLUS other groups. Overseeing the upgrade of the current facilities, community outreach - maybe in the form of a community garden/cooking component, and allow me to do cooking classes/catering/cookbook development on the side. It would have a huge management component - and once it got "big enough" other staff would be hired so it could grow the ministry accordingly. This too is very appealing to me, despite me saying I didn't want a career in food. My concerns are:
- How quickly could we grow it so I could hire additional staff?
- Do I have the right vision - and is it sustainable?
- Am I biting off WAY MORE than I can handle/I am skilled to do?
I have promised them 3 proposals by next Thursday. Most of all, they are looking to get some ideas on how to structure things - even if I'm not involved or only involved part-time. Of course - this is right up my ally and I am as excited as all get out to be thinking about this/organizing it.
Opportunity #4 - TOTALLY OUT OF THE BLUE (or at least to me), I received a call for a 2-4 weeks of playing if I want. All expenses would be paid - plus something that would meet the unemployment guidelines. This too is very attractive - and if I didn't have Opportunities 1-3 listed above, I would have immediately said yes.
I need to have a time line of when I could be available the interested party of Opportunity #4 by next Tuesday. I realize this is BEFORE I submit proposals for Opportunities 1-3, but it would give us/me something to work towards. I can also tell the parties in 1-3 about Opportunity #4 - and see if we can't get things moving a little quicker.
I want to repeat my concerns at the top of this. That this is all coming at me really fast - and I am afraid of going "too-fast/not fast enough". I know it's important that I use my time wisely. That I make good LONG TERM decisions about my life and future and career. Except for Option #3, all of this is short-term stuff - and just hinges me on trying to get everything in the right order. I don't want to waste the best job search time (between now and Thanksgiving) and not do everything possible to get find a new career that focus on corporate education/writing/public speaking components to it.
And now I've spent far too much time on this - and have Dr. Whiney yapping in my ear - and I need to get going so I can get a few more things done before I leave to hear John Grisham.