Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Formulating a Plan

So, as you've noticed, I've been offline recently. It started out with the funk I'd caught (and still lingers on here) but was also agitated by recent developments here at home.

The thing is, I knew eventually I'd have to consider what I'd like to do with my life. Being a stay at home Mom is amazing and I have at least a couple of years left before I'll return to the workforce but I'm coming to the realization I have no plans for the future.

I was 6 classes shy of my degree when I stopped attending college to give birth to Arwen. After she arrived I discovered my only want and need at the time was to stay here and care for her. Shortly after the decision to stay was cemented by the impending arrivals of Logan, Vincent and Annabel. I'd told myself I would return to school and finish off my degree in Education as soon as they began attending school themselves. But I'm not that same girl I was before and I'm slowly realizing I don't want to be a teacher any longer, instead my future is uncertain.

I've been discussing it with Jimbo. I have to finish out my degree in something...but what? I'd truly considered a career in nursing but find myself unsure now. I feel like I've boarded a time machine and landed myself right back at the start when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to be in life 12 years ago.

The good news is, I still have time to decide, there is no rush. But I have to address this and I know the sooner I do so the better. Is it wrong that a huge influence in my decision revolves around how much money I'll make? Or is that normal? Back when I was a fresh faced 18 year old it was all about the romantic notion of doing what I "enjoyed". Now it's all about that cold hard cash which will be used to house and feed my bottomless pits!

Thanks for all you well wishes too! I'll be back to reading up on everyone starting today. I'm feeling much better but still have the cold. At least my stomach has kinda settled down.


Katherine said...

I think it's normal, realistic and smart to consider the amount of money something pays.

I'm wanting something that still pays well, but has more flexible hours. I'm in a traditional M-F 8-5 job now, which has it's pros (no weekend work) and cons (hard to get off for afterschool activities), so I'm trying to change that.

I've been figuring out what I want to be too.

What's changed since then is that I've decided to move forward on the Pharmacy degree, I'm about half way through pharm tech school (you have to be in the field to even apply for pharmacist school!), and I'm enrolled for community college for my undergrad classes for this fall. Unfortunately with the traditional job, I'm not sure that I'll be able to take any yet.

Tania said...

Everyone would like to say that they would only pick a job because it's their passion, but we live in a real world here and money really has to factor into your decision....especially when you're not just thinking of yourself anymore! I think it's smart the way you've been approaching this!

Jaime said...

Hey Katherine and Tania,

I checked your blog Katherine and it's funny, I also considered Gemology school. But after some consideration nixed the idea.

I'm still thinking this all over, it's a huge decision and one I have to be sure sucks to think about sometimes!