My Work Story
Like most young teenage girls, I started my working life as a local babysitter and peer tutor. I enjoyed being around children, helping with homework, and offering positive encouragement to friends and classmates struggling with classes I excelled in. My joy in helping others led me to various opportunities throughout my high school years, allowing me to experience different potential future career paths.
Throughout my time in high school, I served as a peer mediator and was selected to participate in a juvenile peer jury duty. I was a top recommended babysitter and eventually was offered a job, accepted, and worked at a local in-home daycare. I also helped classmates with tutoring as needed, and participated in classes focused on introductions to medical careers. After high school, I was unsure which direction I wanted to go since I enjoyed my time in all the settings and environments, I had been in.
Having already spent time in the daycare setting, I applied for an entry-level position at a local hospital. I very quickly discovered that was where I felt called to go for my next learning adventure. I enrolled at Boise State University and started taking the core and pre-requisite classes needed to become a Medical Assistant. I graduated at the top of my class with a 4.0 GPA and eagerly took my new skills and knowledge with me as I interned at a private-owned neurology clinic. As soon as my internship hours were completed, I was offered a full-time position at the same clinic and started that next Monday. After a couple of years at the clinic, physicians who co-owned the clinic decided to retire, separate, and merge with the hospital near the clinic location. Unfortunately, due to the merge, a handful of staff was let go since fewer physicians meant fewer assistants needed.
When the merge was finalized, I sadly left the clinic and started a new job as a medical receptionist at a family medicine practice. Within my first year of employment, the office manager had decided to leave her position. I was surprised when it was offered to me. I was beyond excited about this offer. Alongside being the office manager, I was asked if I wanted to assist with in-office procedures aligned with my medical assisting background. Of course, I said yes! Having dual responsibilities in the office could be challenging some days, but it was such a rewarding experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity and for knowing the physician trusted me in those roles.
Fast forward quite a few years, and I have now decided that it is time to try something new and take a break away from healthcare. Healthcare is a rewarding career, and no two days are the same, but it is also emotionally draining and exhausting after so many years. Naturally, I still desire to help others, but I wanted a different atmosphere and method of helping. Going back to where it all started, I began teaching preschool. The laughs, smiles, and pure curiosities of the preschoolers re-introduced me to another chapter of bliss in my life. Everything from lesson planning, classroom set-up, parent-teacher meetings, and classroom parties was nothing less than a blessing to help me reach where I am now. Spending time with students, their families, and my co-teachers opened my eyes to how much I was missing at home with my own family. My last year of officially teaching preschool ended with the 2018/2019 school year. It was a bittersweet decision that was made in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Still, now I can focus my time on homeschooling my three children, building websites, and writing articles to continue helping my family as well as others, but from a distance (pun intended).
My Personal Story
I was born in the small town of Jerome, Idaho. I spent my younger years growing up in the Magic Valley, with most of my time running around outdoors. Most of the surrounding area where my family lived was farmland, but it was still full of mystery, adventure, and called for imagination. My friends and I loved to explore and pretend we were discovering new areas of distant lands and planets.
Summers were my favorite when growing up. My family was big into camping, hot springs, and road trips. Whenever I didn’t have a T-ball, softball game, or dance rehearsal scheduled, we would take trips all over the state of Idaho to find the best fishing areas, camping spots, and hiking trails. There were times we would adventure outside of the state and find amazing destinations in Oregon, Montana, and Wyoming too. Hiking the Grand Tetons is a vacation I will not soon forget. The scenery was breathtaking, the wildlife viewing was incredible, and the weather was perfect the whole time! To this day, I still can not get enough time in nature. When I say the mountains are calling, it is almost literal that I can hear them calling my name.
Winters were not always the friendliest in southern Idaho, but they were still full of adventures and activities just as well. Skiing, snowmobiles, snowmen, snowball fights, decorating for holidays, Christmas itself, and plenty of hot chocolate were always on the winter menu. Having a birthday close to Christmas always made the Christmas season feel extra special.
As I entered middle school, we moved from southern Idaho to Boise, Idaho. The change from a small town to a big city was a bit of a shock at first, but I eventually adapted. I soared through middle school and excelled in high school. I kept a small group of close friends but remained open to anyone who said hi or needed a smile and hug. Being open-minded about people and life in general and understanding everyone is going through something we might not be able to see without hindsight helped me to follow my own path and be a ray of light for others. I felt I was on the right track. It was made apparent as I was voted into multiple peer-focused roles throughout my educational career, all while unaware of even being nominated to begin with.
The hardest part of city living has to be congested traffic, one-way roads, and everyone always seems to be in such a hurry to get somewhere. Now that I am older and have experienced various occasions when it is best to stay inside and not join the crowds, I am excellent at online shopping. I have acquired skills at choosing which days to participate in seasonal activities to avoid crowded areas, and I know which friends or family members I can ask for help with errands and tasks around town.
Since I have started working from home building websites and writing articles, I have noticed a gradual slow-down in my life that has been so nice. There are still times when I am a go, go, go kind of person, but the only deadlines I have to meet are deadlines I set for myself. Trying to live more in the present than the past or future has also shown me great benefits and keeps me excited to continue on this journey.
I am still a firm believer that I am here to help others in whatever way I can. It gives me a special kind of feeling to know that I can shine any amount of positive light into someone’s life. Taking the jump from corporate life to a truly balanced work and home life can be intimidating, but that does not mean it cannot be done. If you are interested in working for yourself and discovering a hidden talent you might have already, Project 24 through Income School is what helped me. Jim and Ricky are two exceptional characters that I have had the privilege to meet a handful of times. The course is a straight-line approach to “get the job done.” For more information on Project 24, go here.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. God bless.