Friday, April 23, 2010

When I grow up!

As a mother of 3 in her 30's who has yet to find a direction in life, I'm still fighting with the frustrations of finding that little something that I can be good at.  A career that I can be proud of.  Over the years I have come up with several career paths that I thought would be good for me.

1.  A real estate agent - I really have always wanted to do this. I can literally see myself showing houses to people, walking through beautiful homes, dressed in professional pants suits and heels, with a huge smile plastered on my face.  That has been my dream job for about 10 years.  When I was ready, or thought I was, the market went to crap and all I kept hearing is, "Now is not a good time to start trying to sell houses."

2.  A medical assistant or medical administrative secretary - I started a degree program for this.  Back when Cam was a baby almost 8 years ago, I made it halfway through the second semester and had to quit.  Real bummer.  Hubs got orders to go to Korea.  There was no way I was going to stay in our apartment, alone, for a year, in a place where I was unhappy, in a neighborhood where I wasn't comfortable walking around safely!  So I moved to the Ville, back where my parents lived.  Back home.  And the school told me that my class credits were not transferable.  So I never went back.

3. Virtual Assistant - I always wanted to work from home.  So being a virtual assistant would have been great if I could work for a company from home on the computer doing the things that I already know how to do.

4.  AmeriPlan representative/ Prepaid Legal representative - Both of these home based businesses we flops.  I tried to be a good representative.  But I suck at selling and convincing people to buy something that they really don't want and I'm really not passionate about.  I sucked at trying to recruit people into the business under me when I wasn't selling ANYTHING myself.  Not good at that at all.

The one that has always stuck with me is real estate.  I have never not wanted to be an agent.  Even when I was aspiring to be something else, I still would say, "but I'm going to be a real estate agent on the side!"

Last night, I had a thought.  With the business being in such a bad way, I was thinking that I could do something related to real estate until things got better and I found myself financially ready to become an agent. What do you think about a real estate photographer?  I have a love for photography, as a hobby.  I have this nice pretty camera that I have always dreamed of using to put a few dollars in my pocket.  So why not put the two together and VIOLA!

A real estate photographer, being someone who takes pictures of the houses and buildings for the agents to use. Of course, since this idea just came to mind at 10 o'clock last night, I'm still working out the kinks and trying to figure out if it is even a workable business for me, but the fact that it would be me in business for myself is quiet appealing.  I need something that is mobile.  I will be moving to Arizona in a few months and as a Military Spouse it is great to have a job that can always move with you.

That's why I chose to try out selling Avon.  When I leave, I will have a business that can go with me, thanks to my wonderful website full of fabulous Avon products! **hint hint**  Shop the brochure!  If you haven't taken a look at Avon in a while you might be surprised (shamelessly advertising myself, I know)

Okay, so one day I will find what it is I'm looking for.  I'm hoping it's soon rather than later.  Not really wanting to be the mother of college kids still wondering what I wanna be when I grow up.  Although, with my personality traits and indecisiveness, that is totally possible!


Kristin said...

I can totally relate! God gives us all gifts and talents and not without reason. If you have a passion for something, there is a reason for it. I'm just now learning this, and trying to figure out what to do with the passions, gifts, and talents I have. I haven't figured it out yet though. ha!

Jay and Sherrie said...

Go for it. You have a talent with that camera of yours so I say use it. Do whatever you love.

Nap Warden said...

It's hard to find your passion. I'm still digging:/

La Pixie said...

when are you coming to AZ? are you gonna be in the greater Phoenix area???

well, just to encourage you, the real estate market here actually seems to slowly be picking up. I think if you contacted some real estate agents about your photography thing right now while the market is still working up, you could slide right in there and be in a great position by the time it all rebounds in a few years. it will take patience, though.

ABW said...

What a great idea! I am currently having a midlife crisis about what I want to be when I grow up. I love teaching, but it's hard to find a job out here in that since they are cutting so many teaching positions. I don't even know what my dream job would be. I thought about getting a career counselor, but there are so many factors to entertain like kids, being a single parent since he is deployed all the time, PCSing, etc. Ugh. Maybe your job can be to solve my life's problems, lol!