The question was posed in a blog I follow, what should I do? The Internal Make Over, here is the link, but remember it won't bring you back... so if you want to get the back story, just come back here for the advice.
Her question, in a nutshell, is should she give up on the part-time freelance work she does (and loves) in favor of a more secure full time gig with benes.
It seems to be the age old question, should I do what I love or should I do what pays the bills. Having been on the side of the fence where the husband was working to pay the bills, I can tell you, it sucks. If you can find something that you love to do and you can afford to live on what they are paying you, then that is the way to go. That miserable, I hate my job, hell we lived in for 9 months was not worth the money. The fact that Bob is happy doing what he is doing right now is worth the massive pay cut he took to be there.
That said, I think the question goes a little bit deeper, because the author is a single parent who probably needs some sort of steady income. There is a lot of stress associated with relying on freelance work to pay the bills. I am not unsympathetic to her situation. I would not want to have to be in a place where my income is insecure.
So, should you do what you love and worry about paying the bills or should you do something you can tolerate and have security. I would like to assert that there is another choice, do what you love and find a way to make it more secure.
There is a really annoying saying, Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life. I know, made me puke a little in my mouth too... but it is sort of true. Life is short kids, and I think if you can figure out how to be happy most of the time, then that is probably the path to be on.
Good luck stranger out there in cyberspace, I hope you can figure out how to do what you love and get the security that you need.