Let me tell you why I am starting a blog. I currently feel like I am going through a quarter-life crisis. Is that a thing? Well, it sure feels like it to me. I find myself asking God what my purpose is more and more these days. Basically, from the moment I started college I had my path planned to be a school psychologist. The career felt perfect for me. I loved education and wanted to be an advocate for children. Children don’t often have a voice to advocate for themselves. I also am a firm believer in giving back to the community with whatever skills you have to make it a better place.
I had my sights set on being a school psychologist, and I never wavered from that path. When I get my mindset on something, I go 110%. There really is no halfway point for me. So although I am only in my fourth year as a school psychologist, the last 7 years have been non-stop – eat, sleep, breath- school psychology. I soaked in everything and anything I could about school psychology. For those of you who know the field, you know that there is a wide variety of topics and the role can be quite large. Here’s a little meme to describe my role as a school psychologist.
So here I sit, my fourth year in thinking, can I possibly be burnt out already; I am not even 30?! Have I really given it my best try? Is this really what I am meant to be doing? Am I really making a difference in my role? I feel like I am on a hamster wheel running for dear life but not making it anywhere. Then there’s that whole being connected to the community piece… Oddly enough even though a school district can be very much a part of the community, I am not getting that feeling of being attached to the community, rather I feel very isolated.
So why do I tell you all of this? How does all of this lead to a blog? While my career may be in a tailspin, my personal life feels more at ease than it has in a long time. My husband and I recently celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. For many reasons, we feel that we have the strongest relationship to date. Together we have a three-year-old son. He brings us so much joy, sometimes tears from the toddler years, but overwhelmingly joy; getting a glimpse into his personality as he grows has been amazing. Then there is our home. We have bought and sold four homes (currently on our fourth home). But this is it, folks! This is our dream house. It’s a bit of a fixer-upper (like everything is straight out of 1974 fixer-upper) but we are on the lake in our home town. We are big water people. In the summer you can pretty much find us out on the lake any time the weather is nice. So this was our dream come true.
Finding the Joy
Considering my “tailspin career” situation I’m in, I find myself needing to capture and hold onto the positive things in my life and the things I am passionate about: family, our fixer-upper, and just life outside of work. I want to document our family’s journey together through our fixer-upper times so we can look back and say, “Yeah we did that and you know what…we made a lot of memories doing that too!”
Lastly, I want to use where I am at currently, recognizing that I may not be where I want to be personally, and move forward by capturing our life while putting myself out there allowing myself to be vulnerable even though it’s extremely uncomfortable for me. I feel often times when you look back on life, those situations that make you uncomfortable, those are the things that you grow the most from.
I do hope you enjoy following along on the blog and I hope it inspires you or maybe just gives you those 10 minutes to check out at the end of the day. Check out our most up-to-date home DIY projects here.