Tuesday, June 2, 2015

When I grow up

Today, I'm linking up with Andrea over at Momfessionals for "Show and Tell Tuesday". Today's topic is "when I grow up."  

When I was really little I remember being enamoured by the art shows and food network shows on TV. We had a homeschool room and I would go in that room and pretend that I was an art teacher or a home ec teacher and I would constantly teach people how to do things like I had seen on TV. So, my youngest desires were to teach. 

Soon, I began to fall in love with science....and, I was a generally smart kid. The primary expectation for a smart science-loving kid is "oh, you're going to be a doctor one day." Y'all, I don't know if I wanted to be in the medical field or if I felt like it would make me look good or make people proud, but that was my claimed ambition for many years. We're talking 5th grade to mid-college. 

When I hit college, I was working for Chick-fil-A and realizing that medicine wasn't for me. It doesn't allow for a family (well), nor does it allow for the working-with-people that I love. Also, while I am passionate about ministering to people, physically wasn't really what I was aiming for. So, my college years are what I like to refer to as the "lost years"! I changed majors like 4 times and never really settled on anything. Rather, I settled into Chick-fil-A and began to pursue my goal of developing and growing people. 

Sometime during my tenure at Chick-fil-A, I began to grown and develop myself. I realized for, really, the first time that I wanted to be a mom and have a family. I left Chick-fil-A for several reasons...a primary one being time. Time outside of work, time at home and not traveling, time with my people, and time spent doing what I loved--ministry. 

In the process of leaving Chick-fil-A, I decided to sub. Through a series of events and a sweet friend's pushing (#carolbrooks) I began to sub at the middle school and returned to my first loves. Teaching things and Science....and young teenagers. Those things met like a perfectly planned puzzle and I finally knew that when I grow up (grin) I want to be a middle school Science teacher who can pursue the passion of growing and developing people, spend time raising the family that I know I want, and enjoy what I love. 

While it was a wild ride getting here, I'm certain the experiences and uncertainties have grown me to become the person I am today. I wouldn't change much if I had it to do over again. 

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