The Cocoa Making Lawyer: My Seasonal Job Story by @NowWithNicole

There Is a Season for Everything Under the Sun:

Testimonies of Overcoming- Part 1

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. – Rev. 12:11

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At Holiday Acres Tree Farm with the Toyota Yaris iA that I am testing out for the week for the Toyota Green Initiative.

According to news reports, medical articles, and individual testimonies I have read over the past few holidays, the holiday season is not all rainbows and Skittles. Though it is advertised as a time for laughter, family, and cheer, for others, for some, it can be filled with feelings of depression, despair, and desperation while attempting to find some medication to calm you down. The “Overcoming” series is dedicating to helping those who do not see the light at the end of the tunnel, because the flashing Christmas bulbs are blinding them. In part one, I will be sharing my recent holiday job story.

If you regularly connect with me on my blog or social media, you may be familiar with my Money Fit Kids Financial Literacy Camp for children ages 9 to 17. One of the first things I teach my students is that money comes from work. Whether it’s for yourself as an entrepreneur, or for someone else, working produces income. Sometimes, you temporarily may have to work under less than desirable circumstances in order to meet a goal. While this may not be ideal, being willing to “do what it takes” can prevent you from going into unnecessary debt or being caught in the “robbing Peter to pay Paul” cycle. Three weeks ago, I was faced with a choice when I found out about the Houston Health Museum’s Winter Mini-Med School Camp for elementary students. Do I use my credit card and go into debt to pay for this unexpected opportunity, use my office rent money and pay the late fees, do I find a way to cover the expense in a more palatable fashion, or does the kid just miss out on the experience?

To learn more about my holiday job and earning money to send my kid to camp, please follow the series at NowWithNicole.com. You may also connect with me on Twitter at NowWithNicole.

Some of the trees I helped label at the Holiday Acres Tree Farm.

Thankfully, not very long before discovering the camp, I received a message from Holiday Acres Tree Farm in one of my homeschool Yahoo groups. They were looking for seasonal help. I was intrigued. I have always wanted to own a farm. Working on one, however temporary, seemed like a step in that direction. Plus, I jump at any opportunity to meet other homeschooling families. I, therefore, applied for the position. Originally, I was not hired. One week later, however, I was on the list. My duties included greeting our guests and making them cocoa and hot cider. I also had the opportunity to help decorate the gift store in the barn. By the way, it is beautiful.

This is a picture of the Holiday Acres Barn that I helped turn into a beautiful gift shop. For more on my holiday job story and doing what you have to do for your kid, follow the series at NowWithNicole.com. You may also connect with me on Twitter at NowiWithNicole.

The barn that I helped turn into a lovely gift shop.

How does a practicing attorney find herself making cocoa and hot cider at a Christmas tree farm?

This question by itself can be the starting point for a minimum of five pieces in this series. The simple answer- because my son is worth it. Seeing him be able to take advantage of such wonderful opportunities brings me a great amount of joy. Furthermore, over the past 15 years as a solo legal practitioner, I have encountered many ebbs and flows when it comes to income. God, however, always brought me out on top. Nonetheless, I know from experience that finding a new client, or getting your last client to pay you that $2700 she still owes you, can be a long process. Moreover, I live in a double-entrepreneur family. It takes both of us time- sometimes lots of it- to be paid for work that we have already done. I did not have the luxury to wait around to be paid. I had to jump on the first viable option. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. After earning the money that was needed while working less than five total days, I have no regrets, but I do have another cool story to share with others that may help them when they find themselves in a similar situation.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11 

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

This is a picture of me standing in front of my beverage station at Holiday Acres Farm. If you would like to read more of my story and doing what you have to do for your kids, follow the series on NowWithNicole.com. You may also find me on Twitter at NowWithNicole.

Standing in front of my beverage station.

What’s your “do whatever it takes” story that can help someone else through a trying time?

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