Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wellness Wednesdays

A few weeks ago, when life was really hectic, and we faced multiple major changes at once as a family, I told hubby that I was thinking about “killing” my blog. Yes, I used those violent words. He looked at me, smirked, and said: “Okay. If that’s how you really feel. I’ll support you in anything.” I replied, “Okay. I just may.” Well, I wasn’t entirely serious, and I think hubby knew all too well that I loved blogging way too much to get rid of my blog; therefore the smirk. But I knew that I was spending too much time that I truly didn’t have blogging. I have cut back some, and I am hopeful that I’ll find a true blog/life balance some day… :-)

The funny thing is what happened a few days after the above conversation. Hubby was all excited about a new idea he had for a career planning blog (he is a college counselor), and he asked me if I was interested in posting on the blog regularly. The timing was really funny as I had just talked about blogging less. However, I was interested.

Several years ago, I was actually going to pursue graduate studies in career counseling and interned at a university career center for a few months. I loved what I was doing and learning. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to pursue graduate school at the time. However, I have always been interested in career planning, which I believe is really life planning as one’s career is such a big part of one’s life. I think it’s so important to find something you truly love, matches your values, fulfills you, and leaves you energized at the end of the day. And what’s right when it comes to your career is also likely to change as your life changes. It’s so important to reassess where you are at and where you want to be once in a while. Can you tell that I’m excited about this topic?

So for the past few Wednesdays, I have been posting career planning/work/life wellness-related articles on Career Action Now. This week’s post is about making your dreams come true. So if you are interested, head over to Career Action Now where you can read more of my posts as well as Andy’s and Joe’s posts.

Questions: Are you satisfied with your current career? Do you want to make any changes to your career? If so, what is holding you back? If you are still in school, where are you when it comes to career planning?
 
Be well,
Andrea

20 comments:

  1. overall I'm happy with my career choice although lately I've had my doubts because I'm very stressed out. I never planned much, always just followed by heart and passion! :)

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  2. I am almost satisfied with my career. I'm working towards being full time at my own business, which is currently party time, and my full time job that I currently hold is where I'm not satisfied. For me, not being completely satisfied right now is ok, because I'm working towards a goal that will make life more fulfilling and I WILl be satisfied - hopefully by summer, 2011! :)

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  3. That's so exciting! I am not working right now, and floundering around in the dark trying to figure out what direction I want to head in...strangely, I have been considering going into career counselling too because I LOVE hearing about people's aspirations/dreams/goals and discussing job options.

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  4. I'm satisfied with my career - but my workplace can be challenging (backstabbers, politics, blatent favoritism). I stay because I love what I do, I love the perks/pay/etc. and, from what I understand, it's not much different elsewhere. We'll see I suppose!!

    I'm very excited for you - looking forward to reading the posts!

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  5. I'm definitely not doing my dream job, but the pay is too good to leave right now. I have to remind myself that I am very lucky to have the job I do....

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  6. This couldn't be more relevant to my situation right now! I am the midst of trying to land my first "real" job and figuring out what I want to do with my life. How exciting that you are doing this. I am heading over right now!

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  7. I currently have a desk job where I am at work for 10-11 hours a day (yes that's including lunch, but I don't leave). My ideal job would be something flexible, working with people and being creative. :) Maybe like a freelance yoga instructor/editor/writer. And then maybe I could bake muffins for a coffee shop on the side. It's a far-fetched dream when one has a mortgage to pay and is the only one with a degree.

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  8. I'm happy with my career choice. It's a hard industry to break into, especially in film, but I'm happy with it. It also give me a bit of room to pursue small things. Plus, it's the one thing I've always wanted to do.

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  9. I looove my job! I just finished my masters in social work and think being a therapist is the greatest thing ever! :)

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  10. That's a hard question to answer condisdering I haven't quite begun my career. I've had plenty of teaching internships and so far I'm loving it. In a year and a half I'll be in my first real teaching position, so I'll find out if middle school is really for me. =)

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  11. Omg first, I totally love that you realized that the blogging thing was outta balance and you were trying to get life back on track. I JUST posted something similar in my tip of the day. I feel very out of balance and too much blogosphere is cutting into my "real life". So that's part 1, i am 100% with you.
    Part 2 and 3 is that you'd be great at career planning stuff and no, i am not satisfied with my "career".
    yoga teacher, wife, mother, blogger, raw un-chef, they are roles and I love them all, but i want to find a way to make money doing what i do and to be rewarded for my time and talents...right now, it's all volunteer work :) and prior to skylar, i had tons of jobs, made money, lots of it, but they werent fulfilling. I could write a book...suffice to say, yes, one's needs/wants change as life changes..and i am still trying to figure out what to be or do or how to make it all happen for me in a balanced way :)

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  12. I am satisfied with my current career but am somewhat worried for what my future holds. I don't know how much longer I want to be at my current job and I have some many questions..should I go back to get my masters? what population would I most want to work with?
    I am sure I will figure it out but sometimes my mind just races.

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  13. I love my career as a wife and mommy. I'm thankful my husband supports my "volunteer writing".

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  14. I'm so glad AWN isn't dead!!!!

    Congrats on your new endeavor and don't worry about your blogging/schedule - we'll always be here to read your wonderful posts!

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  15. I would say my current job is a gilded cage. I get paid quite a bit of money for someone without a University education to do stuff that I could probably accomplish with one hand tied behind my back. Would I like a change? I would LOVE a change. But I have no idea what I would do. This has been a problem all my life. I just don't have a huge passion for any career. So I stay where I am because I am comfortable, I like the people I work with and I can afford to live in this community as a single parent.

    Moving, changing jobs, all that stuff.... it sounds exhilirating but I have a teenager to support on my own. I really don't think it would be responsible to do that without having something amazing to go to.

    I'll probably be here until she is out spreading her own wings. Then I'll re-evaluate.

    Oh and PHEWFF! So relieved you're not shutting down your blog. I'd really miss you.

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  16. I wish I could say I was happy right now with my career but I'd love to be doing something that helped and showed people that they can meet their health and fitness goals. The thing that's holding me back is my husband working on starting up his career right now... plus we need my job. Someday I'll be able to and hopefully have a better balance too.

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  17. Wow, that's so inspiring that you've found something that you truly love and want to pursue! Good for you!
    I am happy with my job, but I'm the type who's constantly questioning where I'm at and what I should be doing. So it's a back and forth motion always. Take care!

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  18. Wow, that is so wonderful that you've found something that you love and are happy doing. I do love my work, but I go back and forth because I'm so damn analytical. I constantly question if I'm doing the right thing or if I'm as happy as I could be.

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  19. i do agree career planning is also life planning. especially when you have your own family which you need the balance for.
    I'm glad you've found something you are inspired to pursue.

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  20. You will totally laugh, and maybe be jealous, but in my current grad program that is one of the things you can do with my degree, and my class that is here on base in 2 weeks is in career planning. It's an organizational development class, but it is about career development and management. I'll let you know how it goes.

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