I wanted to take some time on this lovely Monday to get a little personal. I graduated college in May 2016, but I’m still living in my college town. The questions I always seem to get are:
So what are you doing now?
Where are you working?
What do you plan to do with your life?
Woah! Hold the phone. Slow down. I’m only twenty two, I don’t have to have it all figured out yet. In the words of Taylor Swift, “we’re happy free confused and lonely in the best way.” It’s a time to figure out who I am and who I want to be.
So to answer the questions that everyone asks:
I’m living in my college town with some of my best friends. We’re growing together and finding ourselves. I worked at a residential psych facility and found out that I do not want to go in that direction with my career so I continued babysitting and found myself a full time nanny position. No, it’s not what I went to school for. But, it’s something that I love doing while I figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life.
To put it in perspective, my mom has told me how I’m way ahead of where she was at my age. It took her many years and different jobs to find the one where she is now. I have time. There is no rush to figure it out this exact second.
So I’ve been researching and praying and planning. Originally, I assumed I would move back home or to Chicago and go to grad school in the city. Then, I found a school in Florida with the perfect program. My heart was set on it. My family and I visited the campus, I bought a sweatshirt. The deal was as good as done.
The Lord had other plans for me. After visiting home for a few weekends, it was on my heart that I need to be at home. My family is growing (so many of my cousins have children under the age of three). My unofficial goddaughter is already two and some months. Many of my best hometown friends are moving back or never left. Not only this, but I could spend more time with my parents. We’ve always been close, but since college, I would say that they are some of my best friends too. [As an added bonus, I will be saving a LOT of money by living at home!]
All this said, I’m happy to announce that I will be moving home when my lease is up. I’m in the process of applying to a local grad school for a clinical psychology program that results in licensure. I am already cleaning out and redoing my childhood room in anticipation.
So to all of you:
Explore. Dream. Discover. Move home if you want or move across the country if you’re being called to do that! It’s ok to not have it all figured out. Trust in the Lord and his plan and live today. All the rest will fall into place.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading this life update. I appreciate you! Now let me know in the comments below: How has the Lord made you put your trust in him? What don’t you have “figured out” yet?
God bless you all!