Thursday, February 12, 2009

A New Career

It's Thursday, which means it's time for another one of Mama Kat's Writers Workshops. This week she had several good topics to choose and I'm apparently incapable of making decisions so I plan on doing two other ones I like tomorrow and Saturday so check back if you are interested.

The first topic I chose was: You were recently laid off. Instead of moping around, you've viewed it as a chance to start fresh. Pick a new career and write about your first day on the job.

When I was young I always pretended I was a travel assistant or a secretary. I'd collect all of my papers or tickets in a little box and "handle" the fake phone lines. I think I just really liked playing with paper to be honest. When I got a little older I pretended I was a teacher. I would line up my dolls in my room and take roll. On my dresser at my mom's house you can still see where a few made up (and misspelled) student names are engraved in the wood. Oops.

In high school and college I started dreaming bigger. I wanted to be a business woman. I wanted to be important and proud of my job. As I got closer to the interview process I started to realize I wasn't confident enough or enough of a go-getter to do the dream job I had pictured in my mind. I also realized I was way to set on where I wanted to live and too big of a family person to do all the moving around being successful requires.

I found a job and it opened my eyes to how big companies really work. All the challenges I thought that wouldn't exist anymore in the business world was still there. I learned that some people only live to work and don't understand when family and life in general can sometimes get in the way.

If I were to be laid off I would be picking from two options on how to make my fresh start.

Option A: I would like to become a small business owner. I have always had this idea in the back of my mind. I know it would be hard work, but I think it would be worth the challenge because I would be doing something I want to do! As for the type of business it would be some sort of gift shop filled with all the things I love - dinnerware, entertaining supplies, and sit-arounds (and if you don't know what that is, because my husband makes fun of this word, it's all the little stuff that sits around your house).

Option B: I know this isn't specifically considered a career per say, but I would love to be a housewife. I've always been very family oriented and making every thing go smoothly in the home is an integral part of making a happy family life. I could cook, bake, and clean while everyone was gone to school or work so that we could all spend more time together when everyone gets home. I think that is something I could take pride in and look forward to doing it when the time comes. I tried to talk Michael into letting me be a stay at home puppy mom, but for some reason that just didn't fly.

One day I will do both of these options, but for now I will be where I am until they tell me I can't work here anymore or until we move. Crazy enough I can't think of one thing that I would like to do in the mean time, not because I'm in love with what I'm doing, but more so that I only want to do the two options above and unfortunately they just aren't possible at this time.


  1. Oh, you should definitely consider that being a housewife IS a career! One I'm sure you'll be quite proud to do when the time comes (along with your sit-around business)! Sounds like you've got it all planned out (which is more than I can say for moi).

  2. I came over from the linky at MamaKat's.
    I love that you put stay-at-home wife in the career category. It IS a career. Right now, I am a stay-at-home-wife/mother. I am a licensed attorney, but I don’t practice law. I picked the housewife career. And I LOVE it. Some people don’t get that though. I think I'm going to follow your blog now!

  3. I often wish I was a business woman, working in a high-rise, wearing my Manolo pumps and drinking Starbucks. Reality - sweaty classroom full of smelly teenagers. But I still get my Starbucks and fake Manolos ;)

  4. If I could change a career, and myself, I'd be a housewife. I don't like Oprah though, that might be a problem.

  5. I like the housewife idea too. The business woman idea is always a good choice, if you can spend life alone or just find someone else with the same life, but I would need more togetherness than just sleeping in the same bed at night.

  6. I think it is so fun to think about another career.

  7. You've been tagged!

  8. If I could change careers, I would become a Professional Playlist Maker or a Color Namer at J.Crew (Burnt Papaya for orange? I can do that). Oh, what's that you say? Those careers don't exist.

    Guess I better keep my day job.

    Great post! I love Thursdays.


  9. I'd totally want to be a Desperate Housewife. That show makes it look awesome.


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