Finding Balance with Family and Career
I had a conversation earlier this week with a friend along the lines of knowing what kind of career we wanted from a young age.
Thinking back, I never had a clear vision of what my work life may look like one day. In high school we took a Careers class that allowed us to research job descriptions, earning potential, and other various statistics.
A few things that were never included in those jobdescriptions that we researched were work/life balance, family-friendly working environment, and overall job satisfaction based on your personal values and greatest strengths.
In general, I think that eighteen is a really young age to feel the pressure from society to pick a college and life long career route. Not to mention the amount of student loan debt one is willing to take on before ever knowing if that career field will bring them joy and be everything they dreamed of.
Some people know from a young age what they want to be one day. I, on the other hand, had no idea what career I wanted but I knew that I wanted to have a loving family of my own one day.
Now as I'm nearing the end of my twenties while being 30 weeks pregnant with our third child, I can say that I feel like I have finally found a better work/life balance.
I am able to work three days a week (something I have dreamed of for a long time) drafting house plans, spend more time with my family, and fulfill my creative and entrepreneurial side by arranging wedding flowers on the side.
So for all those still reading this post (thank you, by the way) that are in their teens/early 20s trying to decide what career path to take, know that change can happen in the future. The pressure on our youth today to pick a career path can feel pretty intense. I have personally been there and also saw it regularly while I was an educator.
My advice is that what you choose to take up today won't define you for the rest of your life.
Choose something that will bring you joy but be open to the idea of pivoting in the future.
These kinds of thoughts are always rolling around in my head but often find them hard to express in conversations. I guess this provides you with a little "about me" today!