The other day I was around at my Mum’s, and broached the topic of future career. I said, ‘I think I know what I’m going to do for a career.’
She looked at me and said something along the lines of, ‘I thought you were writing?’
It’s a pretty validating thing when your mother thinks that your writing is good enough that it can be the thing you do for a career, or at least, that she has enough faith in you to think that you could just write and make enough money off it.
The reality is that we don’t NEED an extra income, though a supplementary one would be VERY welcome. If I coud make money off writing in the next couple of years I possibly wouldn’t bother pursuing a second career choice. But as we all know so well, there are no guarantee’s in the writing industry, so it pays to have a back up plan!
Mine is to become a counsellor. I’m giving myself (and the girls) next year off so that a) I can have a year of just writing and being a mum – no pregnancy, wedding, study or anything else going on, b) have lots of time to transition Ivy into school and make sure she’s getting a good start there and c) hang out with Lauren and give her lots of time and attention and d) it’ll be my best shot at finally getting some of my novels ready for submission and working on getting published.
I’ll be looking around for some volunteer work to do though, probably with Lifeline or a similar group because I need some formal experience in a ‘helping people type work’ in order to get into the course – which I will be studying part time extramurally over three years so that I can max out my Mum time with the girls.
If I had that experience I’d go ahead and apply this year, but I don’t, and the interviews are in 3 months which isn’t enough time for me to get my stuff together I don’t think.
It’s both scary and exciting to think about studying again. I love learning new things, flexing my brain and all that. But at the same time I now have two kids to juggle instead of just the one, so it’ll be handy that Ivy will be in school I think.
Part of me wants to do it all now, but I think that having the extra time will mean I’m more balanced and really ready to do it all, and do it well. I dislike putting things on hold, but in this case, it’ll be the best thing I can do for our family (I think!).