A Second Career

via Ashley Ella Designs


I recently read this post by Victoria McGinley and since then it's been on my mind.  To the point that I might be a little obsessed with what is to come next for me.  But let's start at the beginning...

I've always been someone who was career focused.  I didn't dream of a family, I dreamed of a corner office at a magazine and an assistant.  It's why I ended up getting my Master's degree.  I wanted to have options for my future.  I wanted to find a career I was happy in.  I didn't want to just settle.  If it's something I have to do 40 hours a week, I wanted to love it.  Fast forward to 2013 when I finally found a job that I was happy in.  I love working in marketing for an architecture firm- especially one that I think offers such amazing designs, ones I've never seen before.  I love it here.  I really do.

But in the back of my mind, I'm always thinking about what's next (a curse that I've always dealt with- I have a problem living in the here and now and always want to look toward the future).  When I read that post, I couldn't help but think of my future and what I want it to look like.  And I thought about it realistically.

I love this space.  This blog has become a big portion of me.  It's allowed me opportunities that I never would have had, it's given me the chance to find my voice, and I've been able to re-establish my love of writing.  It's also given me something else- the vision that my dream career could actually be reality.

A handful of friends and family have recently been pressuring me to write a book, specifically one on the truth behind motherhood.  I love the thought of being a published author.  But that also got me thinking about working for a magazine again.  I have dreamed of it since I was little, but as I got older and realized the truth behind publishing, it seemed a little less appealing.  Constant time away from home, late nights and weekends.  That isn't what I want.  Now that I have a family, I don't want to spend that much time away from them- I want to be home every night for dinner and bedtime.  And that's when I realized I can still have that.  I could publish an online magazine.  I would be able to have my hands in so many different pots- I could write, I could design, I could photograph.  All of those things that I have realized that I love again, I could do that!  I could work from home and be with my son until he's in school.  I could go outside the house and work when I need inspiration.  I could work with a community of inspiring writers who push me more and more every day.  I could do all of these things!

So let's just say that my wheels are spinning and I guarantee this won't be the last that you hear of this idea.  It's hard for me to get something out of my head once it enters and especially when it's something I've been dreaming of for a long time.  Now I just have to decide how to make it happen.

So now, I have two questions for you-

One - What are 2 topics that you love to see in a magazine (fashion, parenting, interior design, food, etc.)? 

Two- What would you love to do for your second career later in life?

Leave your thoughts in the comments!  Or tell me on Facebook.