LA RA RA RA RA…. Oh man, Montell Jordan, I miss you.
I work two jobs.
Sorry, that was an awkward transition.
I didn’t know how else to breach that subject. I have two jobs. And yes, I am still a graduate student, and still a wife and mom, and I still get to volunteer and attempt a social life every now and then. And you know what? My life has never felt so balanced before, weird. (Must be all the sleep I’m getting. HA HA HA HA!!! Yeah, right. J/K you guys.)
My “first” job is for a cultural exchange program. I work with families and their international visitors for the length of their stay. It’s a pretty sweet gig. I get to meet some pretty incredible people, promote learning and cultural experiences, and help families and young adults make great memories together. I also get to wear my pajamas to work because my office is a 10′ x 10′ space in my bedroom. I set my own hours and sometimes office from the park while my kids play. And I can get away with eating frosted flakes for lunch without getting weird looks from my colleagues. My three year-old though is a different story. Just kidding, she’s totally on board for breakfast anytime. It’s not all holding hands and singing kumbaya though. Sometimes I have to pretend I’m the Olivia Pope of cultural exchange programs and step in to fix problem situations. White hat, people.
My “second” job is in career services at a local community college. It’s part-time, three days per week and I’ve only been at it for three weeks but it’s the business of changing lives and I’m completely hooked.
Today I helped a teenage mother with a five month-old baby discover her career path, one that will help her provide for her daughter and give her a brighter future.
I helped a 28 year-old veteran who just got back from Iraq four months ago find a job he could do while he took classes during the summer. He wanted to go to A&M but couldn’t afford it, so he joined the military instead. Now he’s getting on track to make A&M happen one day.
I helped a 55 year-old grandfather who worked on the railroad for 23 years but recently lost his job. He’s never had any other job and needed a resume. After two hours sitting at a computer together he thanked me with tears in his eyes for helping him. He needed a boost in confidence, needed someone to pick him back up and put the pieces back together. All three of them did.
Is this what I thought I’d be doing with my life when I was a kid? No. I wanted to be an actress on Broadway.
Is this what I thought I would be doing 10 years ago? Hell no.
It’s better than I ever could have imagined.