From weed pulling to enlightened
(Let me back up here a bit.)
On my journey to becoming a life coach, I have had many jobs some paid not. The unpaid jobs began cleverly disguised as my being “a little helper.” I did household chores, which evolved, to lawn care specialist (grass cutter and weed puller.) Unpaid work was part and parcel of pulling my weight in my family.
However, I did get a cool pair of Calvin Klein jeans and a pair of powder blue cat-eye prescription glasses– so there was that.
My paid jobs were just as diverse. Once upon a time I was a health club supervisor, a waitress, a babysitter, a fast food server, a retail worker, an insurance claims adjuster, an exercise instructor, an adjunct college professor, a cable TV regional trainer, an NBA professional cheerleader, a freelance journalist, a model, author of five books, and backstage security.
Those are just the ones I can spout off the top of my head, and not necessarily in chronological order. I’ve also earned my Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.
Yes. I’ve had some diverse life experiences. I’ve done a lot of traveling. I lived in Sweden for two years. Got married (I’m still hitched). Had four children. All the while I fit myself into the expectations of what a: Wife. Mom. Friend. Employee. Boss. Volunteer. Neighbor. Aunt. Sister-in-law. Daughter. Daughter-in-law, Sister. Niece. Granddaughter … should be.
Working tirelessly to fit in (whatever the heck “fitting in” meant). Bent and contorted myself to what I felt those societal, familial, learned or self imposed perceptions were.