It Begins

So, I’m new to blogging and I’m new to the world of entrepreneurship.  Currently, I have a job… but only for the next 20 something days or so.  I’ve suddenly found myself in a position that I have to decide whether or not I want to continue being a Defense contractor, work for the government in some other capacity or pursue some sort of self-employment.  In order to help me make this decision, I thought a blog might be a helpful way to figure out what I want to be when I grow up – so to speak.

I spent more years than I care to count in the military but for personal reasons I didn’t retire (it’s a very long story that I’ll save for another time).  I don’t regret my service to this country because I gained a lot of experiences that I couldn’t have even begun to imagine when I started that journey.  After I left the military, I moved into Defense contracting which has been filled with its own ups and downs.  I have to say that I’ve been well-compensated for the work I’ve done, but I also have often felt that something is missing.  I also don’t like the fact that at any time my job can disappear and it really doesn’t matter what my performance is like.  Additionally, it’s my own observation that  in general, contractors aren’t treated with much respect even though in many cases we have just as much experience to draw upon as the military and government civilians we work with (still another topic for another time).

Anyway, I’ve had to start over in different career paths several times over the course of the last 20 years but this time it’s different.   I’m in a better position financially and emotionally to make the call whether or not I want to continue on a career path in the Defense industry or find some sort of more meaningful employment.

Now, to the crux of the whole self-employment problem… I have no idea what I want to do.  Over the last twenty years, I’ve worked in communications, computer network administration, operations analysis and planning, instructional delivery and most recently I’ve gained some experience with project management and contracting.

If I had to pick my favorite job, I would say I loved being an instructor.  I really enjoyed teaching adults and seeing the “a-ha” lightbulb go on in people’s heads.  That said, I know teaching children is just not my cup of tea.  I have two small children of my own and have enough trouble helping them with their homework that I know teaching children is definitely not in my cards!

The other problem is that I don’t have a whole lot of real talent at anything in particular.  The military trained me in a lot of different jobs but I’ve never mastered any of them and the ones that I was good at require constant updating.  I’ve been spending a lot of time… and money… buying and reading books to help me figure out where I want to go.  Some books provide better information than others but none have really jumped out at me yet.

So, for tonight, I’ll sign off with the thought that the journey is just beginning. There will be so many different parts of my life and the lives of my family that will be impacted by this trip that I’m sure I will digress from talking purely about the entrepreneurial path but I hope that you will find it interesting nevertheless.

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  1. Thanks for sending the link to your blog, Jen. Sorry to hear your contracting job is going away, but a new grand adventure will begin. I’m certain your talents will emerge. Teaching is in our family…Grandfather Harmon (your great grandfather) was the genius in the family and was an English Professor. I’ve taught a few art/craft classes and know exactly about the “light coming on in someone” when you teach them something new.

    Maybe you could teach English to adult immigrants….or teach Computer skills to the millions of older adults who don’t have a clue about computers…are you at all artistic? What about being Del’s manager…or get into planning parties that involve bands and music Love you Mom

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  2. The teaching computer stuff to older adults might be a good idea. I live about 15 minutes away from a Seniors only community and I’d bet there are folks that would like to learn some of the basics…don’t know how much money I could bring in. I have to bring in enough that if the hubby’s job gets cut we won’t go under completely.

    I want to be artistic… I try to be artistic… I like making jewelry… in fact… I’ve been thinking a lot about the copper fired jewelry you used to make in Omaha but I have no idea where to get the stuff for it and not sure I have a good place to put a kiln… not to mention the other half would kill me if I spent a bunch of money on a kiln and then didn’t use it. Kind of like all the scrapbook supplies I have on hand.

    I’ve thought about opening a bead store where you have jewelry making birthday parties… or girls night out parties… just don’t know what kind of market there would be around here… I’ve seen some really cool paint your own pottery places too. There’s nothing close to where I live… but that all takes cash to open which is not in the greatest supply!

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