As we grow up, we all become interested in something. We think we want to be a Princess, or a Doctor, or a Teacher, or a Mommy, or a Career Woman, or, or, or… What we all are searching for is our Passion.
When I was young, I said I wanted to be a Teacher, but soon after it changed to Child Psychologist. (I know, that's a weird one.) I honestly am not even sure where I came up with those terms because I never saw a Psychologist or knew what a Psychologist did, but that's what I said to myself when I thought about my career.
I knew I wanted to be a Mommy, but never really knew if I would be good at it.
As a teenager, my first job was at a jeans factory (working with my mom) and then as a clerk in a Movie Rental store. I was good at both places (yes, I worked two jobs at 16 years old during the summer :)). I was also very self-doubtful at every turn in my life. When I received compliments from a manager at the Movie Rental place (and feared that I would never be good at anything else), I decided that "yes!" my career will be as a manager of Movie Rental place!! Boy, am I glad I snapped out of that one!!
My dad forced me to follow through with going off to college, but I still feared that I would not find anything I could do well. So, I thought back to the Child Psychologist idea and started taking Psychology classes.
Due to some disturbing family drama and more self-doubt (maybe more on that later) it took me a long time to finish college.
During college, I began working at Toys R Us and again, was really good at it, making me think that "yes!!" my career will be as a manager of Toys R Us!! I took a mandatory break from college in 1999 and became frustrated with retail management, so I decided to try out the teaching idea.
I began substitute teaching (in all grades except high school) and quickly knew that I was not cut out for Kindergarten or 8th grade. I liked all of the other grades in between, but now I needed to get into a certification program…and finish that Bachelor's degree!! Substitute teaching was not paying the bills so I began looking for another job.
My aunt suggested medical records and I always thought I would enjoy her job so I found a Psychiatry Clinic that needed someone to clean up their records. I quickly became good at that and again "yes" my career would be in medical records!!…but I still needed to finish that Bachelor's degree!!
In 2003, I was able to start back into college and since I was one semester shy of a Bachelor's in Psychology, I just finished it up. Something happened during that semester that would change my life FOREVER!!
I found my TRUE PASSION!!!…in a round about way…
I was still working in the Psychiatry Clinic and there were two therapists in the office who I began working with very closely. They knew I was studying Psychology and began encouraging me to go to Graduate School for a Masters in Social Work…ah, that Child Psychologist idea again…hmm!!
I applied for Graduate School as soon as I graduated, but was denied :(. I did some research and learned that Volunteer Activities can boost your application so I applied to Volunteer at a Child Advocacy Center and at Child Protective Services. I began volunteering with CPS and soon after I applied for a job. Surprisingly, I did not know much about CPS and I was volunteering with a group of Investigators.
When I applied for a position in Conservatorship, I had no idea what I was doing. When the Supervisor who interviewed me (at Starbucks :)) began explaining the Program, I was thrilled. I would be working with families who have had their children removed and placed in Foster Care in order to make their homes safe and reunite the families!!
I was GREAT at this!!
Not like Movie Rental good or Toys R Us good or even Medical Records good…I mean I was GREAT!!
So my journey began to build my Passion for Child Protection and Child Abuse Prevention.
I have been with Child Protective Services since 2004 now and thanks to Maryann Fisher, Ph.D. (the Starbucks Supervisor :)) I have found MY TRUE PASSION!! My current position with CPS is Child Safety Specialist and I am living my passion!!
I have the opportunity to train Investigators on Safety Issues, I have helped develop curriculum for State-Wide training, and I LOVE my CAREER!!!!
My Life Now: I'm a Mom of a 3 year old boy (working on #2), Wife to a Great Man, and Working in my Passion everyday.
I'm building a growing Blog and I want to see if I can reach out to others to talk about Child Safety, Family Strengths, and relate to Working Moms that it's not easy, but YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!
I share the fears of Julia from Work, Wife, Mom… Life when she writes that people will be able to find the information other places, but what if… What if I reach ONE other person who learns from a Safety Tip I give… then I've fulfilled what I truly believe is God's Plan for my Life!!
**I have completely gone off topic for the Working Mommy Wednesday, but Julia's post totally inspired me and I had to get these words out really fast!! Thank you, Julia, I'll get back on topic next week!!
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