After a year of searching for the "right fit" job for me, I have finally landed in a position that appeals to my clerical sense of order (filing, stapling, collating) and my need to imbue my days with meaning beyond the satisfaction of clean bathrooms and folded laundry -- though now that I am working every day a clean bathroom or folded laundry would definitely be welcomed!
In the past year I have taught kindergarten, been a substitute first grade teacher, worked in a college bookstore, and am currently working with an at-risk group of college kids helping them navigate the tricky waters to graduation. I help them with paperwork, make sure they are connected with the right Student Services programs, and listen to them. Just listen.
It's been quite a winding road to figuring out what I want to be when I grow up, but, for now, I have found the right balance. With the Big Question of What Will I Do With My Life currently answered I have had time to to focus on some of the other Big Questions:
1. What are my financial priorities?
2. What kinds of experiences do I want to create with my family?
3. What traditions do I want to preserve, create, or change?
4. How do I appropriately prioritize my friends in a life containing work and family?
5. What am I going to wear to work tomorrow?
Rather than feeling overwhelmed by all these questions I feel rejuvenated. I am excited to see how I will navigate the tricky waters of my life. Some of my life is handled clerically: papers to sign, taxes to file, bills to pay, documents to file. Other parts involve connecting my husband and daughter with the right people. But if I'm really doing my job as a wife, mother, and friend a lot of my time is spent listening. Just listening.
I hope you'll stay with me on this journey. If you're feeling in the mood to listen, I've got plenty to say. If you're feeling in the mood to entertain for the holidays, well, I've got some tips for that too on my latest podcast.
Thanks for listening.