They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is an image representing my career journey:
Ha! Right? The sad thing is, this is basically accurate!
My so-called “career journey” has been more like a career spasm. Or a series of misguided adventures, some slightly more successful than others.
Let me start by listing things I have wanted to be when I grow up:
- a ballerina
- a cashier
- an Arabian horse trainer
- a child psychologist
- a journalist
- a news anchor
- an elementary school teacher
- an athletic counselor
- a travel agent/tour guide
- a forensic psychologist
- a diplomat
- an author
- a workshop leader (writing, courage, meditation)
The reality is I have done many of those things – in one form or another.
Over the years I have worked as a retail salesperson, a restaurant hostess, cocktail server, food server, personal trainer, women’s health counselor, coach, teacher, equine guided education assistant, administrative assistant (making travel arrangements!) and freelance writer – writing this blog, other blogs, ghostwriting, reporting news, a monthly column, copy/content, fiction, poetry, etc.
I have never really stuck with one thing, much to my detriment, I believe. But, hey, I get bored!
I’m not afraid of quitting and starting again. I’m not afraid of free-falling. I’m not afraid of failing. I’m not afraid of being broke. Tired of it maybe, but not afraid.
And what do I do now?
You know, as I write this, I realize I am actually pretty darn happy with my (non-existent) career.
Right now (read: this month) I have a steady writing gig that I enjoy. I make a few extra dollars with my re-selling business (I am a thrifter, and I re-sell my finds. I’m about to launch my etsy shop full of French and French-inspired goods…once my logo is finished.) #staytuned #laboutiquefrenchic
I get to work from home, I can take my son to school, watch my kids’ sports, take a couple days off to chaperone/drive on my daughter’s upcoming trip to Ashland, Oregon for the Shakespeare Festival…that’s all so good.
Could I use more money? Absolutely. I live on the razor’s edge right now. #nosavings #nosafetynet
But I’m less worried about it than I ever have been. The less I have, the less I worry. Not sure what that is about. I’m really just so thankful to be alive and healthy and that those I love are healthy too. Nothing is promised and money in the bank doesn’t protect you from everything. #anything?
Would I change anything? Maybe.
I would like to feel more creative, to perform spoken word, or poetry readings.
Or to write an entertaining book that is optioned by Reese Whitherspoon and made into an original series or movie. #dreambig #fantasy #youneverknow
I would like my French boutique to do well and transition into a mobile boutique perhaps or “require” me to travel to France for buying trips. #whynot?
In the meantime, I’m oddly happy with my career…of career changes.
How about you? Are you happy with your career?