(Pic of my tattoo on my right inner wrist. C for Church. My middle name. My mother’s middle/maiden name. My maternal grandmother’s married name. My core value is family, this tattoo honors the important women in my life, my mom and my maternal grandmother.)
March 25, 2016 was my last official day as an occupational therapist. It’s been nearly five years of living the status quo and lacking passion in my work life; I just couldn’t do it anymore.
I have been searching for the past several years for answers, which I am learning will never be fully answered:
What are my passions?
What do I want to fill my days/weeks/months/years with?
Can I have a job and actually enjoy it?
Do I need a job to feel fulfilled?
How can I use my personality to enhance what I am doing as a career, as a person? Is this possible?
How do I define me? Not, how do my parents define me.
My temporary solution has been to jump ship from what I was doing, and delve into something that I love to learn about. Fashion. Not necessarily design, but the other bits. Retailing, buying, textiles, the list goes on. I am completing a certificate program through Parsons New School of Design in collaboration with Teen Vogue on the essentials of fashion. I figured this was a good place to start, instead of committing to a 2-year program in something I know nothing about. I am constantly thinking about what I am learning, when I can get back to reading, learning, thinking. My brain is in overdrive (in a good way). I am really appreciating the creative outlet that is newly rekindled, but has always been there.
On another note…
In 4 days, I will turn thirty. I’m not sure what the hangup on this insignificant number is, but I am not looking forward to it. I think this stems from society’s never-ending pressure on women to bear children before 30, which is the beginning of the end of fruitful eggs. There is an omnipresent fear of the unknown, which is definitely one of my common themes in life…Later on that… But I continue to attempt to tell myself: Age is just a number, there is no timeline to life and I call the shots!
PS if interested, check out Parsons + Teen Vogue Essentials of Fashion
I am not being paid to advertise nor am I affiliated in any way with Parsons or Teen Vogue. I just wanted to spread the love to anyone who is interested.
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