CAUTION: Woman at Work

Have you ever been in a situation where you just feel like you’re right where you need to be? I get that feeling a lot nowadays, and I have to admit, I kind of dig it. I definitely know that I am where I am meant to be in regards to my marriage and my children. But, professionally, I never really had that feeling until August of 2011.

I started teaching at a local community college. And that totally changed my entire life. From day one, I knew I was where I was supposed to be, doing what I was supposed to do. And I loved it. I was instantly hooked. I came home that first night on an adrenaline rush so fast and so high that I can’t believe anyone was able to bring me down. I remember just sitting on my couch, talking to my husband, rambling on and on about how it felt. I remember pacing the floors of my house, joyously going over every single silly detail and not really thinking about how annoying I was being. I seriously remember everything from that night… and it was incredible.

And you want to know a secret? It STILL feels like that for me. Damn near everyday, I get the feeling that I got that first time: the energy, the high, the excitement. Just in being able to touch someone’s life the way I am able to… it’s incredible. And I want to do it more. And more. All the time. Full time. I want to teach and teach, but that’s not all. I aspire to be Dean of Something Awesome. I want to not only teach the students, but also teach the teachers. I want to work on professional development for staff. I want to work on student servicey type things that create programs for student success and enrichment. I want to train from the top down, and back up again. I would like to be able to put my hands on everyone that I can (not literally, that’s a lot of Purell that I will burn through) and just reach them. Now, let it be said that as of now, I do not want to be President. THAT is too much for me. VP? Maybe. It’s a possibility. However, I am not gunning for anyone’s job; I’m just praying and preparing for something full time to come my way. I want to get in there and make a difference.

I know I am. And I am comfortable in that knowledge. One of my students told me this the other day: “It takes a great teacher to make the students want to do the work and do it well. You, Mrs. Babycakesandwafflefries, are that great teacher.” And I smiled. I thanked her and reminded her that I didn’t do it; she did. I hear it all the time from students, and I always brush them off, thank them, and let them know that they did all the work; I was just the provider of the tools and the keeper of the keys. But you know what, that’s me being modest. I did do something, and I know it. I’m not going to deny that I work my tuckus off for this. I literally put so much into my students and my classes that it is a miracle of modern science that I even have anything left to give my children and husband. I go to every meeting. I get developed professionally every chance I get. I show up at every opportunity that I can possibly show up for. It can get exhausting. But you know what? I wouldn’t change a thing. I love it. LOVE it. I do what I need to do…always. And when you love it, it isn’t work. It becomes a part of your passion and your life force. I have no intentions of stopping; not now, not ever. I want to be around: that face in the meeting, that voice in the conference, that advocate for the students who need it. I won’t stop.

Because my friends, I have learned this. In being present, one takes precedence. In being around, one becomes reliable. In being capable, one becomes able. And in being noticeable, one gets noticed. I still have a little bit of work to do, but you know I am going to do it. I am going to do everything I can to get to where I want to be. Baby steps, of course, will be the mode of transportation. But I am a mover and a shaker. I have the energy, the ambition, and the motivation to make things happen. I know I am in the right place, at the right time, doing what I need to do to achieve my dreams. I am confident it will happen. I know it will. I need patience. And trust. And support. But most of all, I need to keep it up.

Life and the universe help those who work diligently to help themselves.

What do you do to make sure your dreams come true?

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