More ramblings related to my previous post…
I think I am tired of the software field. Of course, I have been saying this for years. The problem is, of course, that where I am in the software world, I make better than decent money. Not OMGIneedAnapkin! money but, enough to make my bills and have enough left over to be comfortable. And there is the undeniable fact that I would like to send the Girl to private school next year — which would also be a serious financial strain (the one I’m looking into is 585.00 per month!). So, honestly it would behoove me to stay where I am at.
So, in no order of preference – ideas to ruminate…
**Take 12 CEU hours & pay fee to reinstate massage license. I could do this while still working where I do now. I could then work massage on the weekends to round out the bills and give my brain a break from the grind of SQA.
**From here I could take the 2nd Semester (probably next year) to get my national certification in massage therapy. At that point, I could work for any spa, any where while building my own client list. I could also use it as a jumping off place to go to college full time using massage to support me. The drawback is of course, that I would make considerably less money while doing so. Private school for the Girl would be difficult at best.
**Take the coursework necessary to become a doula. And then use the money from doula-massage work to put self through nursing school with an eye towards Midwife/Nurse Practitioner in the future.
**Stay at current job. Enroll in St. Ed’s New College (for working adults) for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. This is appealing because it offers the money that I am currently at, so my QOL wouldn’t change all that much. Except in the arena of *time*. I would not have ANY free time at all as I would be going to school on nights and weekends. Between school, work and the Girl I would disappear.
There are several permutations to these, of course, including where I live, go to school, etc. But these are the basic premises that I am juggling. Somewhere in there I would also like to not be so brain fried all the time by stress and work and fatigue to work on my writing again.
There is no future where I am now. No advancement. And there is no appeal for me for jumping from job to job to job ala contract workers. I did that for the last 10 years. I am more or less done. I don’t want to be a computer slug. I don’t mind working on computers. I just wish sometimes that my job didn’t require me to be at them 8-12 hours a day.