If you asked me ten years ago what I would be doing today, I had a very clear cut definition of what success would look like for myself. I was going to go to college for four years, graduate, find a teaching job, and teach music. When I was 18, I had no wiggle room for changing my goals. It’s the only thing I wanted to do, and my heart and mind were set on it.

Life had other plans. It took me five years to graduate, the politics around teaching kind of exploded right around when I graduated, and I didn’t find a job in it. I ended up becoming a substitute teacher, and working two other part time jobs. I got married, got pregnant, moved far away, and still no job. I have always loved being a mom of course, but life just strayed from the path I always assumed I would take.

 For the past year or so, I have wondered what I would want to do for a living when my kids are school aged. Will I go back to teaching? Will I take another job? Because of my inability to get a teaching job of my own, I ended up pursuing other paths- I am a SAHM and I blog from home, among other hobbies and little money making ventures. This past year was the first year I monetized my blog and I did ok at it. I don’t think it’s a social enough hobby to fulfill me on its own forever, but I am really enjoying it for the time being.

 I’ve been doing some soul searching in the past few weeks and wondering what I’m going to do with my time in 2015 and how I can prepare myself for whatever I pursue in the future. I know I’m not going to quit blogging, or even cut back, but I know I need to redirect my efforts here a little bit to keep it relevant to my current lifestyle and interests. I also want to make time for joining a community band, learning more about photography to see if that might be worthy of pursuing, and spending more time with my family. I have felt a little stagnant and uninspired recently and I’m hoping you might be able to help me out! 

I’ve never done a blog survey before, but I’m hoping I can gauge what you are currently enjoying that I write about, and what you’d like to read more about. I’m leaning towards getting more personal on here but I’m never sure if I’m over sharing or helping others who might be in the same stage of life I’m in to connect over similar experiences. 

If you are interested in taking this quick survey, I’d love to read your input. Everyone who takes the survey will be put in the hat for a chance at winning a $10 gift card to Starbucks as a thank you for taking the time. I will also be choosing a couple readers who have taken the time to comment on many of my blog posts this year and send them a little e-gift card love in thanks of their support, so check your emails this weekend! 

I will be closing the survey Monday, and will be back with my next post next week.




4 Comments on Life Updates & a Survey

  1. Nidia - Lit From Within
    January 3, 2015 at 7:47 pm (3 years ago)

    I am a band geek! What do you play? I was a sax player, but it’s been a long time now. My sax is probably growing mold!

    • justina
      January 4, 2015 at 11:20 am (3 years ago)


  2. Anastasia
    January 4, 2015 at 11:19 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Justina! I think it’s wonderful step in life, and I hope you find yourself enjoying whatever it is that you want to pursue. Photography sounds amazing! I’m thinking of taking a few online classes myself, it’s something I wish I could some day do for a living. I took your survey but didn’t leave an email, hopefully it helps with the results a little bit 🙂


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