Direction: Geographic Magnets, Career Focus, & Place
Happy Hump Day! (and May the 4th...be with you)
Today I'm sharing some insights that most twenty something's are very passionate about: directional information and inspiration. It's scary out there, we're expected to know where to go upon graduation when we're used to being told how and where to go. I know from experience it's hard to navigate and maintain your passions and your dreams from the jobs that are attainable. You want to make your loved ones proud, impress your friends and relatives. Maybe you don't and you go off the grid for a while. Either way there is no right or wrong way to go about learning what our calling is and how we live our lives.
I am so happy to announce that next year I am planning on pursuing my Masters of Arts in Teaching with a focus in studio and fine art! After thorough soul searching and meditation, activities and new surroundings, I have come to the conclusion that helping others be inspired and pursue creative goals is something that brings me fulfillment and happiness.
My geographic magnet for teaching is Oregon, as I cannot deny that so many of my roots are in that beautiful state! Heritage and emotional connectivity to place are very important to me, and being a child that lived in different locations all my life, it's no surprise that it's ended up this way! My family is spread out all over Oregon: from my parents' union on the northern coast to my mother's upbringing in northern Portland, my great grandmother's teaching influence in Eugene, and my numerous cousins in the Willamette valley, as well as the south eastern high desert region, I can't help but feel as though I belong there.
This summer as a test run for teaching art I will be assisting art instruction at the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach! I am so excited for this opportunity and to become a part of a community that thrives on creative energy and keeping the arts alive. After this experience, I will be certain if a career in art instruction is my calling!
Is it a coincidence that this revelation came to me the same week as Teacher Appreciation? Is the universe trying to tell me something? Probably not, but just maybe.
Get out there and make yourself happy. Even if the job you have right now isn't your dream job, even if you're unemployed, or if you're traveling, you're always growing towards something that you wouldn't find otherwise. Stay true. Maintain direction, even if you don't know what direction you're going in.