I just got back from a trip with my family and we were discussing our paths and how we ended up where we are now. (My brother is a soccer coach + director with his BS in Psychology, so he didn’t “follow his path” either.) This made a question pop in my head:
Back in elementary school I remember wanting to be a professional soccer player, because I played and every kid wants to go pro when they’re 8. From about 4th grade-10th grade I wanted to be a teacher. I used to ask my teachers for extra homework and for copies of worksheets to use when I (forced my friends) to play school at home.
Sometime in high school I had a shift of wanting to create documentaries while on mission trips. I had a huge urge to help people, and have always been a tech-y nerd, and thought this would be the best way to blend the two mediums.
I ended up going to college for Education to be a Middle School Teacher. The month leading up to the “first day of school” I talked to advisors about changing my major to something music driven: production, promotion, etc. because I was extremely passionate about music and thought it would be something I could be good at. However, with no security in a job like that, and my fear of uncertainty, I stuck with teaching.
Throughout college I had (a lot of) instances where I knew I wasn’t doing the right thing. The pedagogy classes were extremely boring for me and were very, very easy. I always felt like I was wasting my time talking about how to handle situations with children and could spend the time doing pretty much anything else. At the time I was still very driven by music, dabbled in photography and I started creating Teachers Pay Teachers resources to sell. (Which are basically lesson plans that I made look cute on Photoshop).
This is where my graphic design for profit idea sprouted… but I still had a passion for helping people, and was in my third year of school, feeling “trapped”. I graduated in 2015 and started teaching that fall.
Long story short, it wasn’t for me, which I knew a long time ago, but my desire to help people still remained. I joined the Big Brother Big Sister program this past May and sometimes volunteer in my husband’s 6 th grade classroom.
We’ve also started a business series on the blog to help other entrepreneurs leave their day job! I have morphed my love for design and passion for educating into becoming a resource for all small business owners to use when growing their business.
I’m curious to know! What did you want to be when you grew up? Is that what you’re doing now? How did your path shift along the way?