GUYS!!! I am SOOO EXCITED!
Okay, before I get too ahead of myself, let me back up. (Also because I’m not going to disclose any details just yet. I know - womp, womp. Sorry!) The past few months, I’ve really been thinking about what I'm going to do with my degree after I graduate from my Masters program. I got into the program with the idea that I would do art therapy with children in third world countries. However, that dream was quickly brushed aside as I was told that I wouldn't be able to make much of a living at all doing that, and that I should consider a more profitable and secure option. Eventually, I thought (without much other thinking, really) that I would do, well, what pretty much everyone wants to do with their therapy degree - open a private practice. Obviously, you might say. Well…not quite.
You see, a little over a year ago Adam and I started to delve into the “money world”; we surrounded ourselves with entrepreneurs and mentors who had fruit on the tree. In what felt like a whirlwind that flipped our outlook upside down, we learned about passive income, financial freedom, and alternative ways to make and save money. Before that, my mentality was, admittedly, quite simple, and so was my 40 year plan: I was just going to focus on finishing college and getting that expensive paper, and then I was going to open my private practice and make money. (And yes, I got into this field to help people, but therapists need to pay the bills, too.) I didn’t really think about how much income I wanted to generate or how, I just figured that a private practice would meet all of my needs and expectations. Well, fast-forward a couple months into my graduate school career and I was starting to have some serious doubts. Would I be reaching my potential? Would my income be reflecting that potential? And would I be satisfied with the quality of life it allowed me and my future family?
Well, now I realize that the answer is a resounding no. Back then, in my bachelorette, bright-eyed, new grad student days, I was excited about my new venture into the professional world, but naïve to the reality of life after college and becoming an adult. I was living in a condo with my dog, I had no kids and no plans of having them any time soon, my expenses were minimal (I didn’t even have a car!), and I was satisfied with my life in the moment. Simply put, these distractions kept me from dreaming big and creating new dreams. I guess I thought that life would basically fall into place and…well, on my lap. You know what the funny thing is? I thought I had it made.
As the "adulting" began, I shrunk my dreams to match my income. I thought that, because I wouldn’t possibly be able to afford traveling the world full-time and doing pro bono work helping people in need (which was and still is my true passion), I would have to make a living charging my clients out-of-pocket (and it wouldn't be cheap) and lease a brick and mortar office space in an expensive part of town. However, my plan started to unravel as I became older…and wiser. I knew this office would require hefty monthly payments in rent, maintenance, and utility bills, that I’d have to hire an employee or two (and manage people, which I hate doing), and that I wouldn't really be happy and feel fulfilled. In other words, I wouldn't be doing what I believe I was placed on this earth to do, and that certainly didn't feel good especially after spending so many years and so much money in school. I also knew I wouldn't be able to do the other things outside of the counseling career that were important to me, such as staying at home with my kids, traveling often, and just overall spending a lot of quality time with my family. I knew that I would have to sacrifice those things - that dream of being a full-time wife and mommy - in order for me to own a practice and work full-time. But I also still wanted to use my knowledge of therapy to make a difference in the world, and abandoning the field would basically mean it was all for naught. Either way, I was stumped; it was a catch-22.
Anyway, I'm rambling now, but you get the point. To summarize, I want to do what I love and what I've earned my skills for, without 1. breaking the bank and going into debt to open and run a private practice, 2. being confined by the walls (and location) of this practice, 3. making an income only by working with the middle to higher class, 4. becoming a workaholic, 5. compromising my values, 6. sacrificing my dreams of travel, and 7. sacrificing my time with my family. Basically, I want control of both time and money, while still living an intentional and fulfilling life of purpose. Easier said than done, of course!
So what I'm trying to say - what I've been so excited about lately - is that I've made the decision to pursue this dream and the life that it will create for my family and me. The thing is, when you want something, there is always a cost. I've already given up expensive vacations, lots of leisure and hobbies, early nights and nights out with friends, and even many a date with my husband that would've consisted of going to the movies or eating at restaurants, in order to pursue the life of our dreams. The best thing is that A also wants this for us, too. He's doing whatever it takes on his end to move us closer to our common goal, and I couldn't be prouder of him. It takes hard work to make your dreams come true; like I talk about in my therapy groups, nothing worthwhile comes easy. But the ideas we have, and our determination to make them happen, are going to get us to where we want to be someday. Because, yeah, life is good right now, but oh how I believe that the best is yet to come. I know I've mentioned before that Adam and I have sought mentorship the past year and a half, and I'm so glad we did; it has already changed our lives. So, I thought: how can I use than darn piece of pap - ajem, degree, and my therapy knowledge to help us move closer to our goals? Well, my friends, I had to think outside of the box. And I couldn't be any more excited about it. ;)
So without further ado, here's a clue: I purchased a domain yesterday for a little something that won't launch until after graduation. ;) But I've already started to put some ideas together so that when the day comes for the reveal, it's good to go!
Till then, though, stay tuned for perhaps some more little clues and updates here and there. :) Of course, I'll announce the launch day of the project on here, too. Thanks for putting up with me throughout this post, I know I rambled and I didn't really give any information but I want it to be a surprise that I hope you really enjoy!!
Thanks so much for reading,
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