My sister is the first person to tell you that I often come up with some crazy ideas. Lately, these ideas are based on “what I want to be when I grow up”. I do have a career right now, I am an Instructional Designer and I do love the work I do. I’ve been in the field since 2001- 12 years- and I still find the work creative and fun, but I do get restless, wondering if there are other jobs I should explore.
I grew up with parents who constantly changed careers or location of careers. My Dad was in the Foreign Service, so although his career stayed the same, he did have the opportunity to move to a variety of countries and work in different environments every 3-4 years. In each country we lived in, my Mom found work. She ran a preschool, was on the School Board, was a librarian, ran a restaurant, worked in the Embassy granting Visas, and had a wallpapering business. So, in many ways the need for change and uprooting is in my blood. We are movers, do-ers, and explorers.
This brings me to some of the change-of-career ideas that I have proposed to my sister and Jeff (bear with me, some are crazy):
1. Life Coach- Rationale: I am positive, I love reading anything by Hay House Publishing, I am motivating, and I love inspiring and working with others to be their best selves.
2. Mail woman- Rationale: I love to walk- why wouldn’t I love this job.
3. Lululemon employee- Rationale: Seems like a fun environment and you get to wear comfortable clothing to work.
4. Dental Hygienist- Rationale: I LOVE cleaning grim out of gross places (e.g. sinks and tubs)- why wouldn’t I love cleaning tartar out of mouths?!
5. Personal Trainer: Rationale: Again, it’s the motivating others factor.
6. Personal Concierge Service (did this): Rationale: I love doing things for other people. As I said, I did this and let me tell you- buying cigarettes and cat food for other people isn’t as fun as it sounds.
7. Yoga Instructor- Rationale: I love yoga and again, it’s the inspiring others factor. I also love the studio I am a part of and they offer a great Teacher Training program. (This is something I do want to do in the future, btw).
I think it’s important to continue dreaming of what you want to be when you grow up and it’s important to do what you love to do. It’s also important to have confidantes in your life to rationalize some of your crazy ideas.