Happy Coffee Talk Tuesday! Welcome to the weekly chat where I spill my guts and try not to spill my coffee. That would be very sad.
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that we just returned from a 4th of July weekend trip to Mount Desert Island, Maine! What good fun. We loved camping near the Sound, hiking all the trails and mountains, checking out Bar Harbor, and visiting Acadia National Park.
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that campfire coffee is my favorite. The scenes, the sounds, the smells, it’s just perfection.
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that as I write my ‘accomplishments’ and ‘goals’ for my annual performance review, I’m thinking A LOT about the future. As you know, I’m a huge fan of goals. Heck, my husband proposed to me using a nerdy SMART goals form I gave to him to complete for fun.
Entertain me for a moment, coffee buddy — are you in the career you want to pursue? Like, if you were doing this job, or in this field for-ev-er, would you be pleased as pie? (oooo, pie…)
I’m sure I’m not supposed to say this, but I am not (edited to add: this is not related to my fitness instructor job/life!!!). I’ve known for a little while, but haven’t said it out loud or written about it until now (mostly). Do you ever feel stuck?
Before the RED FLAGS start jumping, let me say that working with students ROCKS, especially when you’re helping make their dreams come true. I love that I’ve carved a niche in my office based around tasks I do enjoy. But I get questions all the time about moving up even more, to the top, and I have little to no intention of moving up on purpose.
I will say that I enjoy supervising people — I love figuring out what motivates them, how to help them, encourage them, help them set GOALS (heh), but I don’t think I’d enjoy my job if it only involved managing others. And that’s typically what happens in my line of work when you get promoted allll the way up. You manage other people’s tasks.
I like tasks. I like to do lists, I like getting my hands ‘dirty’ and doing odd jobs. So I’ve stayed at my mid-management level for 4 years. But now, as I write my goals and think about accomplishments, I’m hungry for more. I have tons of talents (it’s totes ok to toot your own horn, peeps) and I’ve been using a lot of my creative energy outside my 9-5 job.
When you get to that point, maybe it’s time to make a major move. But that’s scary, right? Consistency and comfort generally trump all, and especially when you have set bills (and student loans woof), it’s hard to justify leaving a pretty good salary and a very solid job for a job that you love but won’t necessarily pay all the bills.
I read stories all the time about people who left their 9-5s for a different, scary-but-so-in-love-with-it new career, but I’m open to hearing your story, too — just because I like perspectives. So, if you want to chat (virtually or over a real, live cup of coffee), I’d love to hear your story.
Like I tell my clients, the first thing you need to do in order to make a change is to say it out loud or write it down. Well, universe, here you go.