What to Do with a Life11:00 AM
I've been toying with some post-grad life options. Grad school? Not really. I wanted to go into counseling for a good chunk of time, but the thought of spending money and three years on a degree that will get shelved for (potentially) full-time mommyhood just doesn't sit right. I'd rather gather a bunch of teenage girls and chat with them about life for an hour every week. (Life Goal #1)
Lest you think I'm sacrificing my future career for a nonexistent family, I'm actually working around the very real, very near possibility of getting married. Nothing definite, no ring, no set-in-stone date. (I planned the rest of the wedding, though. Oops.) Just some chatting back and forth about what would happen if we tied the knot. (Life Goal #2)
I thought about seminary for theology, particularly University of Notre Dame or Covenant Theological Seminary, but I don't want a degree so much as a community of smart people discussing hard problems. "Is seminary the best place for that?" Erich asked. I honestly don't know. I'm holding out for a solid church community of smart people discussing hard problems with the added bonus of small group discipleship. (Life Goal #3)
Right now, I'm going to start fishing around for internships or jobs in the blogging, publishing, or magazine world. My dream job? Turn My Holy Joy into a for-profit site with daily content, beautiful photos, and maybe a couple fresh faces writing some hilarious lifestyle and deeply thoughtful posts. Working from home on my own time-table with no one judging me if I show up to work in skinny jeans and no make-up -- that sounds like heaven. Plus writing. I want to write full-time. And by "full-time," I mean "making enough money so that I don't have to take up a cashiering job on the side."
I've got major blog crushes on Cup of Jo, The Small Things Blog, and Verily. All started out as private bloggers and now make money off their blogs. Cup of Jo got so successful that Joanna quit her day job and hired a marketing company to help revamp her brand. Kate just got a "beauty spot" for all her beauty blogging and pretty pictures (so jealous!). Can I please have a sunny nook of white space + perfect photography skills?
It's exciting to think that maybe, just maybe I could make my way in the blogging/magazine/publishing world. I love my internship right now, and it's giving me the green light to definitely consider being a content editor and writer for the rest of my working life. (Life Goal #4) Come back next year to see what happens!
What do you plan to do for the rest of your life?
Photo creds: SRTrends.