For a little fun I decided to take an online career quiz. I thought, maybe it will give me some insight into which direction I should follow. Here are the results:
What Career Should You Actually Have?
You got: Astronaut
- You are an explorer. You are curious about the world around you and the way it works. You look at things closely, and often with a different perspective than everyone else. You’re quite unique, lucky you. Other occupations: researcher, teacher.
Maybe I should start looking a little deeper. I’ll start by listing my passions and strengths. Sounds reasonable, right?
Passions: Travel, fashion, baking, food, sewing, crafting
Strengths: baking, crafting, party planning, math
While there are some overlaps, I know I don’t want to do anything related to food. After a stint cake decorating I am too familiar with the time sensitivity and fickleness of baking. So, I’ll have to keep that in the ‘just for fun’ column. Now if only I could find a job that has me traveling around the world and eating. If you know of a vacancy please let me know!
It’s January, so like everyone else in the world I am making my new year resolutions. Eat healthier, exercise, be more patient with my children, blah, blah, blah. But now I’m thinking something bigger is in store.
Last summer I turned 40. I didn’t really mind it, actually. It didn’t make me reflect on my life’s purpose or bemoan my aging body. Maybe that comes over time. 6 months later, though, I had an epiphany. I was watching Project Runway junior with my 10 year old daughter when I turned to her and said “Oh, A, you should be a fashion designer. It’s too late for me, but you have your whole life ahead of you” to which she replied “Mom, I’m going to be a zookeeper, remember?” Oh yeah.
I can totally see how some people live vicariously through their children. I had given up on anything really exciting or fulfilling for me, but the children! The world is their oyster! Which got me thinking, maybe it’s not too late for me. Sure, I’m no spring chicken, but maybe there is some time left. So, I’m dedicating 2016 to eating healthier, exercising more, being more patient with my children, and figuring out just exactly what I am meant to do. Here goes nothin’……..
It’s hard being a mom. I don’t mean the hectic schedule, constant neediness, and exhaustion that comes with caring for little ones. Of course, that, too, but I mean after all that. When the kids are a little more self sufficient and you are left alone. Something you have been aching for these past years, by the way. Now what? My friends and sisters that work full time battle with the guilt of feeling like they are not spending enough time with their kids. As a stay at home mom I worry about spending TOO MUCH time on my kids. There’s a little spot in my brain warning me about becoming that crazy cheerleader mom from Texas that mowed down her daughter’s competition. Remember her? Yikes!
So, here I am, pouring my thoughts and feelings out online, hoping it will spark some inspiration. In the meantime, I take solace in the little things that make my life more about Jen and less about Avery and Luke’s mom. Fashion, food, travel and the music that plays behind it all.
For now, though, I’ve got this on my to do list. Anyone want to help clean up legos?