I Decided Never to Work Full Time Again
When I turned 16, my mom and I went into a dance studio to check out class prices because I decided I wanted to try dancing.
While we were looking through the brochure, my mom decided to randomly ask if they were hiring. They gave me an application, and I ended up getting my first job working behind the desk.
I worked at the studio for about 2 1/2 years doing admin work, merchandise sales, and stage managing for recitals and shows.
A little over 18, I decided to quit the studio to pursue a career in theater, either stage managing or performing. I was selected for an internship at the Denver Center for Performing arts, but ended up turning it down and auditioning for American Idol and America's Got Talent(to no avail, obviously). I went on to work at a local coffee shop full time and began saving up to buy an extremely expensive guitar to lead worship at youth group.
When I turned 20, i moved up north about an hour to help coach speech and debate as well as serve tables at an Improv Comedy Club.
Since then I have worked at 3 craft coffee shops, coordinated volunteers for a production company, stage managed for a dance company, cleaned houses, bartended, worked at a brewery, and worked for a church. I even taught voice, guitar, and piano lessons for a time.
Why am I telling you all of this?
In this day-and-age, being an entrepreneur is almost a trend. Everyone dabbles, but few succeed. Or, you go to college and spend a lot of money, hoping to get a great paying, full time job to pay it all off. Or, you grow up knowing exactly what you want, work hard for it, and succeed.
Unfortunately, I don't fit into any of the listed groups above. I consider myself the exception.
Since I was 16, I've worked so many different jobs that I can no longer list them all on a one-page resume. To most employers, it may look like I am unreliable. To me? I just like to try a lot of things.
It's only been this past year that I've truly accepted my "addiction" to part time jobs. I love trying new things and having time at home with my family or for friends. I don't believe God created me to be a full-time job person and I'm finally okay with it. The idea of a 9-5 career scares the living shit out of me. Mostly because I love the crazy idea of not feeling stuck. I love making coffee two days a week, taking pictures of people on the weekends, being a house wife and a mom, marketing for concerts, writing blogs, and singing worship. Being a part-time addict allows me to do all of those things and it's great. Does it get overwhelming and seem insecure? Totally. And that's the best part.
I have absolutely no idea what a 5 year plan is or what it looks like. I plan my week and that's about it.