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Alice wants politicians to support teachers in Las Vegas is doing 40 things including…

decide what the hell I would like to do with the rest of my life

11 cheers


Alice wants politicians to support teachers has written 10 entries about this goal


Of late, my passion for teaching is waning. Truth is, I love teaching, but by May I can’t stand to see their faces. That doesn’t mean I don’t try to be the best teacher I can; it just means my patience is thinning and while I adore them, I need some space from them. The one reason I don’t want to leave teaching is that summer vacation is just so nice….

That said, I realized that working somehow with the public is what I’d have to switch to, if I changed jobs. I can’t stand the thought of an office with no windows (or a mega-office you share with a bazillion annoying people) and only two weeks off a year (how do people survive on that???). I’d love to work outdoors with the public; for example, at a national park or even a zoo of some high caliber. Of course, with my extensive background…haha…I’m sure finding a new career will be a cinch (again, ha). Any suggestions?

Still searching...

I still haven’t found what I’m looking for…sorry, had to do it. I really feel like I’m destined for something other than teaching, but although there are loads of things I like and love, what am I good at that I could make a career out of? Oooo…I could be a couch tester!


travel writing
community college (English and teaching)
somalia (sp?)

Okay, I have my list…now what??? How do we step into our dream jobs? A friend of mine ignored everyone when they said that being a rock star wouldn’t happen. His band did collapse, but he’s in three cover bands and making TWICE, yes twice what I am making. PLUS he gets to live the life he wants, snowboarding and mountain biking. Sigh. How do I get over myself and just get into these jobs???

Stuck again

I know what I WANT to do…it’s the going about it that terrifies me. Why can’t someone just knock on my door and offer me the job I dream of? Preferably someone really cute knocking on my door >;0)

I know what’s blocking me from following my heart here…fear. It’s terrifying giving up a very comfortable life I’ve created. I paid off my car, bought a house, established myself in a career (although not the career of my dreams), have all my friends and family here…so why do I want to shake things up?

Because my heart isn’t in this city or in this job. I love Vegas for all it has to offer, but hate it for all it doesn’t—culture, classy people, respect for the environment, externalism. I love my job for all it has to offer (vacation time, benefits, working with fun people) but hate it for all it doesn’t. I, essentially, feel trapped.

So what do I want to do and how do I do it? I want to write…something and somewhere. Hmmm. And I want to live somewhere that isn’t here…London? Paris? Dublin? Some day end up in Portland? Seattle? Hmmm.

Getting closer

Today I decided that I want to change my career. To what, I’m not sure, but at least I know that I want a change! LOL! Actually, I want to get my physical trainer liscence and, well, train people physically. Since I am already coaching boy’s soccer, this can only help me coach better. Then, I can work as a trainer part-time—I’m sure it’s crap work at first, but I’ll never know for myself until I try. Lastly, after I’m a bit more established, I can start writing articles based on health and training, and I’d really love to work with sports-minded people. You know, adults wanting to be better at the sports they already do or teaching people sports they’ve always wanted to learn. Wow! That sounds so exciting! Yay me!!! =0)


...if it can’t be snowboarding, perhaps somehow include all outdoor cool sports—hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, mountain biking, OOOOOO and TRAVEL! Okay, so I have the subject, but what’s the VERB??? How will I make a career with all these? SAVEME!


about snowboarding.

After snowboarding.

And teaching others the joy of snowboarding.


That’s it. Forever. Just snowboard.


I spoke with a coworker today about our future plans. I love teaching, but I don’t want to be the burnt out cranky teacher that doesn’t spark students to learn. So, I plan to retire from teaching when it becomes apparent I have lost the love to educate. I think then I’d like to live in Europe for a year or two working perhaps as an editor, volunteer with the Peace Corps after that, then magically become a famous essayist who gets paid a gazillion dollars per article. Sigh.


There are so many things I want to do! Here I am suddenly an adult with a career and a house and I don’t know how I got here—it feels like just yesterday I was the punk rocker that parents shielded their kids from. Is this the person I set out to be???

So what do I want to do?

Advance my education with a second masters from a uni abroad, and also become a professional writer and photographer, and rule the world. Of course after finishing my 43Things!

Alice wants politicians to support teachers has gotten 11 cheers on this goal.


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