My super intelligent husband brought up a very interesting fact yesterday, when I once again remembered that I hadn’t blogged my gratefulness. His comment: “Well, you said 365 days of thankful…you never said they were consecutive.” Oh how I love him. And it’s true, I never did say consecutive. This may sound like I’m giving myself a by for being lazy, but in all honesty, some nights I felt like I was just typing out words that were neither interesting or meaningful, just writing something for the sake of the blog. So with my husband’s amazing realization, nothing has changed, I’ll still blog for 365 days, just don’t expect them to be one right after another. I want this to be fun and meaningful and entertaining, not just words crammed together so that there is something there. It should make writing the blog and reading the blog much more exciting J
Given my current employment situation, where I am employed but don’t really ‘work,’ I’ve put in some time thinking about my professional future and what it is that I want to be doing. Obviously I love making things, like jewelry, but as much as I wish that it could be a full-time thing, I know all too well that the competition is so heavy and at this point, it just won’t happen for a long time, and ultimately might be something I do part-time, come time for kids.
So I always end up coming back to something I’ve always wanted to do but never ran with: Psychology or counseling. When I started out at Radford, I made my major Criminal Justice (because how cool would it be to do what those people did on CSI?!). I changed my major after one semester after my professor told our class that in order to be anything in the criminal justice world, one had to start out as a police officer, and that did not tickle my fancy at all. In that first semester, I took my first Psychology course. I L-O-V-E-D it. I loved learning about how our minds work and what the decisions we make mean and why we make decisions and so on and so forth. It was a 100-level course so it was very all-encompassing, but it was so interesting! I remember going home after that first semester and announcing to my family that I was going to change my major from Criminal Justice to Psychology. I might as well have been in a room full of resounding “boo’s.” Mom and Dad weren’t ecstatic that I was already changing my major, and that I didn’t give CJ a chance, but I put my foot down when it came to becoming a cop. They then said it was fine to change my major, but my dad urged me to change it to something more ‘business.’ He has his degree in Finance, so I figured, why not? I like math, am good with numbers, let’s do it. I let the whole idea of Psychology slip away without a battle and pursued Finance, Accounting and finally landed in Marketing. I don’t regret getting my major in Marketing, but I do wish I had stuck to my guns a bit more with Psychology.
I love talking to people; in general, and about issues or problems, and love to try to help and give advice. I know this isn’t what encompasses Psychology but it is a basis. I can remember going to a counselor/psychologist in elementary school thanks to getting bullied relentlessly day after day for a couple years. I only went to this doctor a few times, mostly because it was embarrassing at that age to go see your Guidance Counselor, much less a professional Counselor after school hours. If the kids found out about that, it’d be o-v-e-r. I do remember how warm and cozy her office was. She didn’t ask any direct questions, just sort of slowly pushed me into telling her how I was feeling and how those kids made me feel. I told my parents I didn’t think I needed to see her so they let me stop, and I am not sure there was anything she could have done to help me remedy the situation, as kids will be bullies, but in some ways, it was nice to talk to someone who wasn’t a parent, or a teacher or someone who knew the bullies and get and outsiders view of things. I want to be that. Whether for kids or adults, I don’t think it matters, but to help people when they are in tough situations, even just to listen. Sometimes that is the biggest help, just to have someone to listen. I want that.
I’m looking around at schools and possibilities, and sadly most of the options like VCU and University of Richmond are for full-time students, meaning I couldn’t work the normal Monday through Friday, 8 to 5 job, and would probably have to pick up part time work on the side. I still have to look into other options, like South University and University of Phoenix (and school’s like those) at their programs for a part time program, but I am still a little hesitant about those. I don’t know of other options or even how to get my foot in the door or if being a Counselor requires a PhD or just a Masters or what. There are so many different programs, so I still have a lot of research to do, but if anyone has any ideas, please let me know J It’s still pretty preliminary at this point but hopefully I will figure out a plan soon, and who knows, in several years I could be Dr. Katie Brackmann – ok let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but it’s still kind of cool J
This all makes me thankful for opportunities, whether they are found or present themselves, most often they are fabulous and bring excitement to our lives. I’m exciting for many new opportunities in the future.