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My dream job?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I often wonder what I would do for a career if I stopped teaching. The stress really gets to me. The disrespectful kids really get to me. The demands placed upon us gets to me. Oh but wait I get my summers off right? Yeah, right after I am done taking classes or attending the many "not mandatory" workshops offered in the county.

Since I started my part time Y job, I have had something to look forward to most days after school. It is so rewarding to hear "thank you" after working with a new member that had no clue about the weight machines or the fitness plan that sounds so easy to follow for them. Yesterday was no exception. Since I had the day off of school, I was representing the Y at the MLK event in our community. I was very excited to get to my table to set everything up and complete the walk in Dr. King's honor. :) I was also very excited about the amount of appointments I had later in the day. I was booked solid from 2-7:)

I got to the church, set everything up and headed to the middle school for the starting point. After completing the walk, headed back to the church for the health fair. This is the second health fair I attended and is an aspect of this job I really love:) I love chatting with people about the Y and all the programs it has to offer. Around 12:30 it was time to clean up my table and head back. I wanted to be prepared for my first appointment. A new member who had just started eating Paleo:) Well hello someone who could relate to my"crazy" style of eating:)
I had copied her recipes and was excited to chat with her about meal ideas:)
I called my hubby who works in the same city and asked if he wanted to meet for lunch. He had just gotten to a good stopping point and was able to go:)

After lunch the rest of the afternoon flew by! I ended up having two cancellations but the people I did chat with her so happy for all the info and time I spent with them. I left the Y so happy that I was able to chat with that many people, not stressed about anything, and looking forward to going back. I am pretty sure that is how someone should feel about their job.

Anyone out there have their dream job? How do you feel when you leave your job at the end of the day?

Looking forward to spin tonight....unless it gets cancelled by all the snow we are expected to get!!!
205.55 miles for the year!
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  • BILL60
    I have what I would classify as the perfect "JOB". I began my real job in the military. For 27 years I busted my butt to do well and enjoy what I was doing. The exciting part of the military (for me) was the constant change in positions and locations. In 27 years I moved 22 times, lived in 4 countries, and traveled to many others. Every one of my duty stations was exciting. Because my specialty was special operations, I was able to do many crazy, but incredible challenging missions. Due to rank, I started to be pushed away from the exciting stuff and decided to retire. I became a stockbroker for a short while (hated it) and settled being a mortgage banker. After 14 years, I decided to hang it all up. So, now I have the perfect "job". I wake up, fix the coffee, feed and train the dogs (obedience, agility, and frisbee), ride my bike, and take care of the house while Momma makes the big bucks. Stress is gone and the adventure is back.
    1190 days ago
    Sounds wonderful. I'm so happy you had such a great day.
    1192 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    as an educator you have a hard job. i appreciate the job that teachers do and i believe it is one to the most important positions in the world. i always wanted to go back to school to get my teaching degree but.......age caught up with me along with the fear of failure. anne my wife (miamia7) keep looking at the paleo, she has already eliminated wheat due to a gluten sensitivity.
    wheels up
    1193 days ago
    Like you, I work at a YMCA. I worked at one Y location for 20 years. When I moved away, there was no Y close to my new location (although I was working at another gym). A few years later, I read in the newspaper that a Y would be built near me. I turned in my application, and I was hired. That was in 2000, and we were set up in a small temporary building until the new building was completed in 2001. I have been there ever since.

    I love working at the YMCA, and it sounds like you do too! In my 33 (almost 34) years at the Y, I can't even begin to guess how many wonderful people I have met and with whom I have worked. It makes me feel really good to know that at least in some small way, I have helped each one of them either get on or stay on their path to leading a healthy lifestyle.

    So, working at the YMCA is my 'dream job,' and while it probably will never make me financially rich, it has made me RICH in so many other different ways.

    BEST WISHES to you in reaching all of your goals.

    1193 days ago
    I'm so glad you love the job at the Y! My friends who are teachers have struggled with the many changes that have come to the school system through the years, they feel they are not really able to teach. I have loved many parts of my job but it does occasionally have VERY stressful times with long hours. There is almost always a trade off!
    1194 days ago
    1194 days ago
    It is such a pleasure to here you talk about your job at the Y - it seems to be a healthy fit for you (in more ways than one) . Dream job for me - when I figure out what I want to be when I grow up....I'll maybe be able to say. In the meantime.....
    1194 days ago
    Very cool. I'm very lucky to have a job that I love. However, in 2015, I'll probably transition to something new as SWMBO and I decide what to do in the next phase of our lives. I'm spending the next few months planning out what I would like to do that also allows us to make enough to enjoy ourselves.

    I use Linkedin a lot to find out about different careers and to network with folks in different industries. I'll send notes and have phone conversations with people all over the country in various career fields to learn about the industry, salaries, good & bad aspects, career progression, etc.

    Bottom line, if you enjoy it and can make good money at it....go for it!!
    1194 days ago
    Have a Great and safe day!
    1194 days ago
    I am a dog groomer. I left a really stressful job with the electric company and set up on my own.
    It was great for years but now I am thinking of another change. I broke my wrist 3 1/2 years ago and it hasn't healed properly so grooming is now a real problem and the pain is really getting to me.
    Not sure what I want to be when I grow up but I am praying that God will reveal his plan to me before I run out of pain killers emoticon I am gradually letting the grooming side of the business lapse and concentrating on dog walking but its not overly fulfilling.
    Time will tell I guess and I know the Lord will not leave me in between roles for long.

    Your job at the Y sounds just great.
    1194 days ago
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