What will I do this winter for work?
I think I hear in your question not only uncertainty but maybe even a little fear, and I can understand why. Having a seasonally-dependent job means the loss of that job when the seasons change. Which also, obviously, means a loss of income. And that is scary. So what can you do? While this is not my area of expertise, I have some thoughts:
Find a winter-specific job to supplement your other income. For example, you can join the IDOT “Snowbird” program. Retail and package-delivery services also hire seasonal workers, at least during the holidays. These are just a few ideas to get you started; I am sure there are others.
Manage your cash flow to take you through the winter months. My sister is self-employed and never knows just how many clients she will have from month to month. Because she has owned her business for over twenty years, she has been able to chart her cash flow and can now anticipate which months will be lean. What this means in practice is that she sets aside funds during months of higher income to use when she has less money coming in. Perhaps something like this will work for you too.
Expand your employment options. Is there a specific certification you can earn or more education you can complete that will make you a more viable candidate for different employment opportunities? Think about the skills you already have and build on those. If what you are doing now is not enough to meet your financial needs throughout the year, then perhaps a change is what you need most.
These are all specific actions you can take to manage the fear (and possible reality) of not having enough income. In my experience, taking action has been the best antidote to fear.
I can get myself absolutely tangled in knots of anxiety, worry, fear, you name it. So much so that I can’t think of anything else except for this thing I’m stressing over. And what has this done for me? It hasn’t solved my problem, that’s for sure. Instead, I have poured so much energy into being afraid and anticipating all the things that can possibly go wrong that I haven’t left any energy for actually dealing with the problem. However, when I have been able to channel all that energy into making a change or doing what needs to be done, I have realized that—yes!—I can do this! Perhaps you don’t struggle with fear like this. But if you do, maybe this will help.
And one more thing. For me, life has been much more satisfying when I have found meaning and purpose in what I do. Sometimes we talk about having a sense of “call” in our work; that’s what this is. Doing something with our lives that makes a difference. What do you enjoy doing? Where do you feel like your gifts can be the most useful? These might be good questions to ponder and pray about. When I am living out my call, it doesn’t feel like work. It just feels right.
“Find a job you enjoy doing,
and you will never have to work a day in your life”