1. What is your dream job?
I've had five dream jobs through life, and they've evolved over time. I know this may sound cheat-y because they can't ALL be dream jobs, but - at different points in my life, they were. The first three have been with me the longest, though. Since childhood. Those being...
a) A "Pro" Mom. Yes, seriously. A stay-at-home, playdates and crafts and cheerios, mama. I am absolutely living this dream - and it's the one I wanted more than the others. I am very blessed!
b) A Teacher. I still have a love/desire for this, and while I consider myself one of my kids' teachers already, I still think about this a lot. I have a huge desire to homeschool (that will probably never come to fruition), and I'm a certified TA in NY State, which is probably what I will do when my kids are well into grade school. I probably won't return to it before my youngest is in 1st-2nd grade so that I can be an active room mom.
c) A Writer. I don't think this will ever go away. My draw and desire changes all the time, but I have never found "the thing" I want to write. And I'm willing to let it take more life experience before I figure it out. For now, I channel it through my blog :)
d) A Party/Wedding Planner. This really would be fun, right? Despite the stress and all, I would just adore being a part of people's wedding days and getting to be creative all the time!
e) An Interior Designer. This one just makes me laugh, now. Hahaha....never.
2. If you had just won the lottery and didn't need to work for money, what would you do with your time? Well...I already don't need to work for money. I do now, part-time from home, because I enjoy it, but it's not exactly a salary - it just helps me out a little. If I won the lottery, though? I'd be doing the same thing I already do. I would just splurge on ALL of the activities and things my kids wanted to do, and we'd probably go on more vacations. Life wouldn't change much at all, I don't think. We'd just have a bit more fun.
3. What piece of career advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field?
Um..lol...does not apply? Motherhood, and stay-at-home motherhood, is a personal thing as far as how you do it. Just love your kids, fill your heart with gratitude, and balance your life between schedules and flying by the seat of your pants. The rest is up to you! As far as my part time job - it's kind of a brand new thing, in the sort of field that is just coming about. You just have to search, be diligent and honest, and work at it. I guess one of my biggest tips, as someone that doesn't hold an office job, is to never sit stagnant. Volunteer, write, read - keep something going for YOU at all times, so if you ever return to the working world, your resume isn't full of vacant space. I haven't worked out of the home in almost 5 years, but my resume has no gaps!
4. What would be your ideal “just for fun” job?
I think I'm doing it! Although I've entertained the idea of a very part time job when my kids are just a bit older, and I'd use it solely for the employee discount. So somewhere I adore, like Target, or a kids clothing store like Gymboree or Crazy8 - something like that.
5. What was your first “real” job?
I worked as a playground attendant for the recreation department in my hometown. I pretty much sat in a gazeebo and watched kids play to make sure they weren't being crazy or getting hurt. When kids showed up alone (like without parental supervision), I'd offer to play games or do crafts with them. What it usually boiled down to was my then-boyfriend's little brother and cousins coming to hang out with me.
Until next week! :)