Recently I saw a story of a girl who graduated from the same University as me selling her diploma because it was so useless to her. That article both made me chuckle and feel a twinge of sadness at the same time.
I won’t lie I have had a few moments in the last year when I thought to myself (and maybe whined to my husband) about how I feel like I wasted those four and a half years it took me to get my Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. It was initially really hard for me to come to grips with the fact that this particular degree means basically nothing in Australia.
When I started applying for jobs I got a little down about the fact that I could basically only apply for jobs at department stores (and sometimes not even those!). Not that there is anything wrong with working at a department store or in sales, both are great BUUUUUT when you spent 4.5 years studying and crying from stress it gets under your skin just a tad when you can use zero of those skills you paid to learn.
After applying for jobs and landing a few that ended up being absolute busts I signed up for a nanny website. Since I had been a part time nanny for 5 years and a full time nanny for 1 I was kind of over the nanny life and swore the last nanny job in Sydney would be my final one. However with my mothers encouragement and my boredom at home reaching nauseating new heights, I slowly dragged my feet to a few nanny interviews.
I started my new job a month ago and it is not an easy job looking after 3 kids that aren’t your own for 10 hours a day- and I am not trying to complain because I don’t have the broken sleep that mothers do but it still leaves me exhausted at the end of the day. Props to all you stay at home mama’s out there because it is not all kisses and cuddles.
After I let go of my ego a bit and stopped comparing myself to my super successful friends who are kicking butt in their careers I can say I am truly thankful for where God has brought me in regards to work. Currently I only work three days a week to make 30 hour work weeks and yes my days are 10 hours and they sometimes feel much longer but I don’t know many people who have four days off every week ***BONUS I get to wear no makeup and gym clothes to work***
It’s far too cliche to say “you never know where life will bring you” so I will say something equally cliche but in my own words:
“The life you expect may not be the life you get”
Sometimes when you end up in a different place than you imagined it sucks but sometimes it ends up helping you make three kids life a little more filled with laughter while still getting dinner on the table by 7.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
My future is looking pretty bright.