I am not much of a goal-setting person. I cringe twice a year when I have to discuss work-related/professional development goals with my supervisor. I don’t have a five-year plan, and I’m still not sure if I’m in the right career – it’s just the kind of work I have been doing for a long time, and I chose it by default.
The funny thing is that I was an athlete for many years. I successfully set goals for my tennis and my training a few times, which included an undefeated regular season during my junior year in college, beating my time 1 1/2 mile run my sophomore and junior years, winning the City Championship my high school senior year, and various strength goals I set at different times. Beyond that, I have reached savings goals at different times but I haven’t made goal-setting a regular habit… but I’m going to try it this year, at least for a little while.
So… here I go. First, I plan to post something a minimum of once a week. It may not be lengthy, but I want to get back in the habit of posting more regularly than I did for most of 2017. Second, I will attend my weekly Yoga class that I joined through my employer’s Wellness program and I will work out at least one more time each week, not counting the two or three walks I take with Husband on the weekend in good weather. Thirdly, I plan to meditate for 5 minutes at least three times a week.
Phew… that seems like a lot, but i have been thinking about each of these activities and done them somewhat inconsistently in recent weeks. I think that they are all doable, especially if I start to see and feel benefit from them. Wish me luck!
In response to the Daily Prompt, “Money For Nothing,” If you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.
I used to think that it would be great to be a writer, but I don’t know that I could commit to a novel or flesh out ideas long enough to create one. I also used to think it would be great to fly around the United States and Toronto to watch and report on Major League Baseball. Not that I don’t still enjoy writing, as I have a blog I post to from time to time, and not that I don’t still enjoy MLB. It’s just that some things sound like a great idea but are not for everyone to fulfill and carry out. There are many people who would like to be the next Michael Jordan or Serena Williams, but how many athletes are able to attain that level of success? Not I, and not a lot of others who find other means of success.
As mentioned in previous posts, I tossed around a few career ideas before settling for a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (by default), and then continued on the Social Services path. I am proud to have helped many people, especially young people and their families, however, my career has had its ups and downs. I am about as happy as I have been in this field currently, though I have less freedom and more pay than I have had in other jobs. The job I worked prior to this was on my list of least favorite jobs I have had, in a three-way tie with working at a retail store selling Women’s shoes and working in a group home for teenage girls. These are all honest jobs for honest pay but they were not suited for me.
I think my dream job would be to work as a blogger/investigative reporter. I like news, I like research, and I like the truth. It was very cool for me to see Joe Biggs from Infowars.com film a “man on the street” segment about Hillary Clinton’s six coin tosses . I remember being very proud when my brother was interviewed years ago by a Chicago news outlet as well. I enjoy blogging about episodes in my life and my feelings about matters related to U.S. politics, and I wish I could find more time in my week to do so. I like learn and I like to research things that interest me, and I like to share some of this information with those around me. I think I am as close to my dream job as I ever will be, unless I win the lottery and can afford to be a full-time writer.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fifteen Credits.” If you’re in school, are you enjoying your classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?
I am out of school, and earned my Bachelor’s degree in August 1999. I briefly returned to community college 2011-2012 to take health and fitness classes, which were really interesting but turned out not to be useful for me. The upkeep on a fitness certificate with CEUS, the liability insurance, equipment if you work independently, and low pay if you work at a big-box gym. However, I use some of the knowledge in my current job but didn’t see the payoff for the money I spent.
As I have mentioned in other posts, I have a psychology degree… period. I don’t have a master’s degree, and I am not licensed. To be successful with a psychology, a person likely needs to commit to getting a doctorate or will need to pair their psychology degree with a counseling related master’s degree. They might even want to go in another direction, I’m just sayin’…
I have known many people in the social services/social work/juvenile or criminal justice fields return to school to get a few extra letters after their names at a pretty BIG price, one which I am not willing to pay. Some of these intelligent, hardworking people owe $50,000-$100,000 when they are done to only end up earning $40,000, unless they move into administrative or management rules after putting in their time. Clearly, they made these choices not with the intention of getting rich but of making a difference in the community and in the lives of others. Those that chose to go the counseling route did so as part of a long-term plan to eventually have a private practice.
If I were to go back to school, I would study journalism or something tech-related, possibly programming or coding. Writing has always been with me and a part of me. I like to research things that catch my interest, which a journalist needs to do to build and flesh out a story. I like blogging and would like to know more of the technical side, such as how this blog does what it does, and how to make it show pictures a certain way, change the font, how to position words and pictures in different locations on the page, etc. I like knowledge, information, and news in all forms.. even the news I don’t agree with can teach me something. I don’t regret the opportunities I have had to help others and learn about people. I don’t regret all of the youth I was able to listen to, encourage and, hopefully, give the motivation to see past their immediate environment to the future. I don’t regret the lessons I have learned, but I wish I had listened to myself and had confidence in what I thought my path should be rather than taking others’ path and living with what-ifs. I think that some of the people in my life would have found me all the same because they, especially Boyfriend, were meant to be there. I am starting to listen to myself more and to be myself because life is a journey. Boyfriend and I have done some travelling and exploring together, which has opened me up to new world. The two pictures that rotate at the top of my blog are from these adventures! My blog, thus far, has also been an adventure and I hope you join me for the ride.
I started my blog in November 2014, and I am proud to say that I am still here. I have been writing about different things that I notice or have affected me personally, covering topics from my family and Boyfriend’s family, hobbies, politics, my hometown Chicago and my new home Central Texas, and life in general.
I have written in various forms for most of my life – poems, journals, stories when I was younger, and news articles for the school paper. I did it because I liked it and it helped to get thoughts and feelings on paper. I wouldn’t say that my poetry was great but I enjoyed writing it, and it helped me process life in my own way. I haven’t written poetry in a long time, maybe 2-3x in the past eight years, which I have tied to working in social services. My jobs have entailed lots of people time, sometimes dealing with lots of stress, and I would gain satisfaction from helping others but also be left drained mentally and emotionally.
I really enjoy blogging- writing blog posts and reading blog posts. I wish I had given this a-go sooner than I did but I am glad I am here. Kind of reminds me of the saying about Texas, “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could,” which also pertains to me. I hope to gain more comfort in sharing my thoughts publicly, though in a most anonymous manner, and I hope to develop skill at building different types of posts. I plan to continue writing about various topics, including family, life, politics, and other topics as they peak my interest.