Taking a big scary step (sort of)

Today I actually took the time to walk into the education center at the local library here.  Since this is a military post, there are many resources available to help Soldiers and family members pursue education in order to enhance and nurture their careers both while in the military and after they retire or separate from the service.

What I found was…

I am scared to death!

I feel so behind as far as getting myself ready to enter the work force, that I have no idea what to do. There are degree programs that I could pursue,  but I am not in a place to invest a lot of time or money into my education right now (getting ready to put kids through college, even with a couple of them getting accepted to West Point, is a bit daunting).

As the name of this blog implies, I have no idea what I really envision myself doing. Well, that’s not entirely true. I see myself working with small groups of people in some sort of guidance, coaching, therapeutic, or otherwise supportive capacity. I love the idea of empowering people to help themselves. And yet, I find myself getting so stuck in my own life from time to time that I ask “Who am I, of all people, to work in such a field??”

Then I remind myself that the Famous Financial Advisor, Dave Ramsey often says “I love to spend money…that’s way God makes me teach this stuff about having discipline and saving money.”

That’s how I feel about inspiration, health, empowerment, and counseling. I struggle with being motivated and inspired in my own life, but I do tend to be good at helping others to do these things.

So, this is the direction I want to go, in some capacity.

But, after 18 years of “stay-at-home-motherhood,” this is scary. I don’t even have an updated resume or references at the moment.

So, I am going to take a class that will help me build my resume. And I am going to start looking for opportunities to work in the area that love.

Wish me luck, and please share any tips or tricks you have for getting back into the workplace after a prolonged absence.

Thanks in advance!

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3 thoughts on “Taking a big scary step (sort of)

  1. Way to go, sis! You have always been so supportive and inspirational to me, so I know you would do the same for others! I know its scary, but sometimes the hardest things to do are the best things to do for ourselves. I love you and am rooting for you every step you take! As Mom always tells me…Keep Dancin’!!

  2. eeek! Go you! Way to take the first step, research is the first step toward anything!

    I have no tips or tricks, I’ve been a sahm for over 8 years now and I’m scared to death of entering the work force in another 6-8 years.

    But, I give you props, lots of support and major hugs for taking this step. I hope you find what you’re looking for and I know you’ll be great!!! xoxo

  3. Jumping back into the working world head first IS scary. I did it myself, though your 18 years off is much more than my 5 years was. I actually put together a guide on SAHM resumes for my current employer that might be useful to you and your readers. I would love to share it with you if possible.

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