General, Hobbies

Ch-ch-changes!

Whenever I have a little downtime, I have been reading and note-taking as much as possible about how to get started down a path toward entrepreneurship. Honestly, I’m kind of a late bloomer. So many of my family and friends have already started accomplishing their business goals, and although I have long had business goals I never considered myself “business-minded” enough to be able to actually make something work. Better late than never, though, and I promised myself that 2017 would be the year to make stuff happen. So I am going to make stuff happen. 

That’s going to mean some changes for this blog, though! And I’m not entirely sure what that will look like, just yet. So, until I figure it all out – I will be taking a short break from blogging. 

I love Thisblindmouse and have had it for 5 years! But it’s mostly been a hobby blog – meaning that I’ve kept up with it as a hobby and not as anything that helps me to accomplish professional goals. I am unsure of whether to simply transition it, or to start completely fresh with a new blog all together. We’ll see. 

I don’t expect this to be a long break, maybe just 2 or 3 months  (which – lately – seems like the amount of time I’ve been taking between posts, anyway!) But I have been doing a lot of brainstorming and am ready to start taking steps in the direction that I want to go. 

Many Thanks to anyone who has ever kept up with me, here. And hopefully we’ll remain cyber buddies regardless of what’s next for Thisblindmouse! 

Ta-ta for now! 

General

Leaving my job!

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I can’t believe I actually did it.

There were so many times in the past where I thought about what I’d like to do if I ever left my job, but I didn’t ever seriously consider leaving. I pretty much figured that I’d stay until I finished school or moved away.

I loved my job, for the most part. I was a preschool teacher and really enjoyed working with my kids. I liked creating lesson plans, doing assessments, coming up with fun games and science projects to do, and in general keeping a smile on their faces. I also really liked my coworkers. They were all good-hearted people who really loved the children and families that we were serving.

And while I am going to miss everyone, I have to also be honest about the fact that I have so many goals and ambitions for my life. I’m still working my way through school, I’ve always wanted to do freelance work and open up my own business. I enjoy having the time to pursue my learning adventures (I teach myself languages, music, and religion). I love writing and aspire to become an author. And I’d love to find some place to volunteer. I have often felt overwhelmed by the conflict between my interests and my need to make a decent and steady income. I’ve always felt it unfair that we spend so much of our lives running the rat race, that we never get to really live life and invest in our talents and passions.

I am hoping that this bit of time off will be my chance to do something new. A chance to really design a plan for the type of life I want to live – and then implement it.

This pause comes at a time where I could not possibly be more motivated. As I turn 30 in just 2 months, I have been doing a lot of thinking about how I can plan wisely now for the type of future I want to have.

What do I want to have accomplished by 45 years of age? 50 years of age? And what can I do now to make those accomplishments happen? I’ve always been a forward thinker, but for the first time in my life I feel like I am finally sharpening my powers of execution. I’m not just going to plan, but implement.
At least then, if things don’t go quite the way I wanted, I won’t have to live with the regret of not having tried.

I’ll miss my job and all the kids and families I have worked with, but I am glad to be stepping into a new season of having more time to focus on achieving goals that have weighed heavily on me for quite some time.