In 2008, I originally went to work for the American Cancer Society as an administrative assistant where I spent the majority of my time supporting Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and Cattle Baron’s Ball events. In the time I spent with the Cattle Baron’s Ball, my boss and I became the “dream team” of the office, meaning we figured out how to best work together and built an amazing partnership. She was the visionary and I was the integrator (if you haven’t read Rocket Fuel by Mark C. Winter, check it out). We worked side-by-side for three galas and then she decided to move to St. Louis, effectively breaking up with me.
Because I was ready for a change, I took a banking job that I only kept for four months before moving back into a new position at the ACS. While the man I worked for was and still is a wonderful human, moving from a fast-paced chaotic job to a slow-moving not-enough-to-keep-me-busy job, I was bored out of my ever-lovin’ mind. The ACS was looking for someone to manage volunteers for the entire state of Missouri, which sounded like a challenge, so I took the position. A year and a half later, I left the ACS for good to finish my post baccalaureate program at Missouri State University so I could officially become a teacher.
I taught high schoolers Family and Consumer Sciences for two years in a sleepy town in southwest Missouri. I absolutely love FCS, or if you’re old like me, you probably called it Home Ec. I have such a passion for the content because it’s literally life skills that everyone needs and my hope was, like every teacher, to mold the minds of teenagers and teach them how to get ready to go out into the world. Well, if you have teenagers, know teenagers, or were a teenager, you know that they are 100% not interested in truly learning life skills. They simply don’t know what they don’t know and are all consumed with the more trivial aspects of life like hair, Starbucks, and how to get laid on prom night. So, then what happens? They graduate, get out on their own for the first time ever, and say things like, “man, I wish they would have taught us (this) in high school because when am I ever going to use the Pythagorean Theorem?” Well, child, you were taught those things, you just weren’t paying attention.
My classroom teaching time ended when my husband and I decided to move to Kansas City so I could be closer my chorus. Yes, you read that correctly. We uprooted where we lived for more than a decade so I could sing in my barbershop chorus, Vocal Standard. But hey, we’re kind of a big deal. For a year and change, I worked for an advertising agency, where due to the high volume of work and perpetual stress, I ended up on meds for high blood pressure and cholesterol. In fact, my cholesterol was so high I was practically a solid. There was one day I thought I might actually be having a stroke. I promised the gal who hired me that I would give it a year, and that’s exactly what I did. I left my high-paying job to live the life of a solopreneur. I love teaching and so, here I am.
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