In high school, one of my best friends’ mom would say to us (probably as we were trying to get out of something important), “Do what you have to do now, so you can do what you want to do later.” And it’s crazy to realize eight years later, I am doing just that.
While most of my regular readers know journalism is what I went to college for and what I hope to have as my career, these days I wear many hats trying to get to the end goal of a full-time journalist. Many people are surprised to know that I work two nanny jobs, walk dogs, on top of being a social media manager, content writer, producer, and personality.
My day starts around 5:56 a.m. when my alarm brings me to reality. I usually wonder if I really have to get up, then I think about not being able to buy groceries and I hop right up, slip on my yoga leggings, Hunter boots, and Patagonia as I throw my hair under a beanie or baseball cap.
I arrive at first family’s house between 6:30 and 6:45 a.m. where I am greeted by some sleepy youngsters. We spend the next hour getting dressed, brushing hair, eating breakfast, and some mornings dealing with the occasional tantrum.
After dropping the kiddos off at their different schools, I am off around 8:15 a.m. From there, I usually attend a 9:00 a.m. Barre class at my gym (I’m obsessed) that is finished by 9:50 a.m.. I rush home to post on the social media and look at my planner to see what needs to be worked on. Most of the time I am writing, planning posts, reaching out to publicists or people for my own website, or researching whatever can help me move forward with journalism.
As lunchtime rolls around I head to my second nanny job. The family recently got a one-year-old golden retriever that they pay me to run with for an hour (best of both worlds?). School gets out at 2:00 p.m. and I gather with the local moms and pick up my fifth grade girl. She usually has swim, physical therapy, or basketball that we are running to and from. Let’s not forget her older brothers who are great because they are low maintenance. By 5:00 p.m. at the latest I am pouring my heart and soul into a meal for five.
When I return home I spend my night with my laptop and a glass of wine (sometimes a bottle) doing my freelance routine again. While I probably didn’t need to tell you my whole day schedule, I wanted to show you that I am not working the post-college dream of a full-time career in my field. Some people would say this is a gap year but I am calling it a growing year.
I am okay with not sitting behind a desk at this point in time because I am working harder than I have ever worked to make money, pursue a passion, and grow into the woman that I have always wanted to become. I am doing what I have to do now, so I can do what I want to do later and at this point, that is more than okay with me.