Creating my future is the section where I talk about the “boring” things! Here I go into what will make a secure and happy future. Healthy, wealthy and wise is the goal, this section is about wealthy and wise. I see this as:
- Getting control of my money (without extreme deprivation)
- Establishing a career for myself (If only I could figure out what I want to do when I ‘grow up’…)
None of these topics are just beginning today. They have all been works in progress for some time but that doesn’t mean that I’ve figured it out yet. Here I will work through the things I have learned and hopefully some of you will join me and do the same.
My money is an awkward one. Nobody likes to talk about it. I don’t think I spend a lot, so why do I always feel skint? Why do my savings dwindle? These are all topics to be explored here. I am going to go through all of my bills with a fine tooth comb and see if I can’t just get the same things cheaper. I am also going to look into ways to make extra cash on top of the day job. I’m hoping this will all be quite fun. Money impacts on every area of life so expect overlaps with such topics as clutter control, career and others.
Next, career… Oh boy. Here is a little bit of background about me to show you why this is difficult area. When I left school I had many hobbies including music and sign language. I decided on a career in chemistry. I have no idea why. I remember wanting to do English but people pointing out that it would be easier to get a job in chemistry. For years after, if I was ever asked why I did chemistry my stock answer was always the same “it seemed like a good idea at the time…” I started the process of getting qualifications in British Sign Language while I was at university and that has continued to pretty much present day. I took my chemistry qualification and got a job, first in environmental chemistry, which I hated, and then pharmaceutical chemistry which over time I grew to hate too. It didn’t fit. I thought I wanted to be an interpreter so just recently I finished an interpreting qualification that I hopefully will graduate from next month. As that course went on I became less and less sure about interpreting as a career but I do still love the language and would like to do something with it… I just have no idea what. For the moment I am a development officer.
UPDATE: I did graduate last year and I am no longer a development officer. I am now (as of August 2012) a self-employed sign language interpreter working in the education sector.