The world is a different place now compared to what it was like when I was in college, considering career choices and dreaming about my future. Getting a good job seems harder now, and kids today seem so fearful about choosing a career path. What they don’t realize is that every job we take is a learning experience and a stepping stone to the next one.
My first real job was in the registration office of a local campground. I worked summers there and learned people skills and how to think on my feet—especially during holiday weekends when the campground was filled to overflowing. I dabbled a bit in acting in high school and considered studying theatre in college. Instead I got my degree in English and became a teacher. My mom had been a teacher for many years, so it was in my blood, I suppose. I enjoyed teaching, but life took a turn when I married Peter and so did my career plans.
When my children were little, I worked for a high school exchange program as a community coordinator, placing students with local families and helping resolve problems when cultures clashed. Later I did the same with au pairs who came to the U.S. for a year to help families with child care. I loved working with these young people from other countries, learning about their cultures and broadening my understanding of the world around me.
From there I found myself in publishing—producing local magazines like the one you are holding in your hands. This year marks 25 years Peter and I have been creating monthly magazines to entertain, inform, and inspire readers like you. Of course, we could never have reached this milestone without our wonderful advertisers, loyal readers, and hard-working sales reps. For you, I am grateful.
I continue to be passionate about my work and hope this magazine brings you helpful insights as you navigate life’s paths. This month our theme is careers and education. If you are currently searching for a new career, don’t be afraid to follow your dreams. Maybe you have an idea for a business yourself. If so, you’ll enjoy reading the stories in this month’s special section called Women in Business.
My sincere hope is that you find a path that’s meaningful to you. If you aren’t happy with where your life is right now, change it. I know, easier said than done, right? Change requires courage and sometimes it’s easier to stay where you are than face what may seem like insurmountable challenges. This is where supportive friends come into the picture. Talk about your dreams with someone you trust. Then make a plan. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to consider whether your path is taking you where you want to go. If it isn’t, put your turn signal on and take the next exit.
It’s never too late to begin a new journey.