35th Birthday – Life is Sweet
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Today is my 35th birthday. I am blessed beyond words. Life is precious, and each birthday is a gift. I remember 5 years ago when I was pregnant with my son. He was due 2 days before my birthday but was not born until 9 days after my birthday. I celebrated my 30th literally full of his life, ready to burst with happiness and anticipation.
Now I celebrate my 35th birthday just after a giant move from Knoxville to New Orleans. Life is expanding, and once more, I am full of happiness and anticipation. Anticipation for my son to grow up next door to his paternal grandparents. Anticipation for my husband to go to college and grow professionally. Anticipation for myself to grow my career and talents.
Regarding my career, I have spent almost 15 years on and off pursuing teaching. I took a year off from full time work to nanny and be with my son before he goes to school. Taking the time to be with him was a choice I would make again without regret. I found a stable nanny position caring for 2 children of a PhD candidate. I branched into freelance accounting work for my brother in law. Working both accounting and nanny work gave me perspective and the experience to make choices moving forward.
Yes, I love children. Yes, I love education and seeing the shine in young one's eyes as they discover knowledge. I also fully accept teaching is a vastly underpaid and underappreciated career. I also accept that some children's parents will make a teacher's life much more difficult. I had to fire quite a few clients as a nanny because of the parents. It broke my heart each time because I wanted to work with the children, but I could not expose my son to the environment the parents had created.
Keeping in mind my love for children & education, I have a natural affinity for accounting. It is a steady, stable and predictable job. It is not exciting, but at the same time, if the office environment is good, it is not stressful either. Since moving to New Orleans, I have had a recruiter (one hired by companies, not me) put my resume forward for a few positions. One interview in particular went really well and the position offers a decent income and benefits with a lot of room for professional growth and development. The recruiter is extremely optimistic I will receive a job offer from this company early next week. I am also optimistic - the interview was more of the controller selling the company to me than asking me questions. She spent more than an hour with me, and as I was leaving, she held up the resumes of my competition and said I should not be worried about them. Even if I don't get this particular job, I have other interviews that have gone well and many other positions are available.
I believe the universe is leading me into accounting because it will be stable, well paid and predictable. I can complete the work and go home without the job causing me additional work and stress.
Once home, I can focus on my son and family. I can focus on my writing. I can focus on my collage artwork. I can focus on my desire to learn more about CSS and web publishing. I can focus on dealing head on with my mental illness. I can focus on being the most peaceful, loving person I can be.
Yes, on my 35th birthday, life is sweet.