My government teacher in high school tried to steer me away from accounting to something else, like English or history but I wanted a degree that I could use by itself with no graduate degree required, and I didn't want to teach school and I knew I wouldn't be a best-selling author. So, I stayed on the accounting course. I got discouraged along the way, spending hours taking interest surveys in the career counselor's office. Every survey I took pointed me toward accounting or law. In fact, I just took the "Who Am I Meant to Be?" quiz in this month's Oprah magazine. My result was Style # 6 - Striving to Be Secure which reads, "Careers in government, finance, the military, law enforcement, and product manufacturing are strong options for you." Nothing else presented itself as compelling enough to change majors.
Fast forward 13+ years to today. I was basting a quilt in an effort to get my current project off of my craft table so I could set out the card projects that I'm teaching at tomorrow night's coffee group. I had my a-ha moment.
Alain de Botton wrote in The Oprah Magazine, "One of the first questions we face when we meet new acquaintances is 'What do you do?' And according to how we answer, they will either be delighted to see us or look with embarrassment at their watches and shuffle away. The fact is, we live in a world where we are defined almost entirely by our work." I am a stay-at-home mom but Sophia is five now so I was searching for an answer to the "What do you do?" question. Finally I've found it. It's not something you can major in. It's something gained through life experience. It was something that I actually wrote in my Facebook and blogger profiles. "I enjoy making things...quilts, papercrafts, food...and teaching others how to make things too." I am a teacher, usually of women. I was recently hired by MCEC (Military Child Education Coalition) to be on a Parent to Parent team. We teach parents how to be advocates in their children's education. It is a part-time job.
Kenny will be disappointed. He thought he married a sugar mama with a CPA and MBA. I still have my initials, but unless I can find the connections to be the next Oprah or Martha or Julia Child, I'll continue to find satisfaction in teaching my friends, neighbors, military parents, and whoever wants to read my blog. How satisfying it is to finally find my calling!