Monday, February 22, 2010

Just do it!

So, I've been seriously thinking about changing careers lately. I'm pretty sick of my profession. I work in health care as respiratory therapist. I respond to code blues, perform CPR, put people of life support, give medications that help you breathe, etc. It may sound exciting, and sometimes it is, but it gets pretty routine. You see the same patients that won't quit smoking and have terrible lung disease and they come in over and over and over again. I could tell you some stories. I guess I'm just burnt out. It doesn't help either that I have the worst boss in the history of the planet. Not exaggerating, she is the spawn of satan. I wouldn't pee on her if she were on fire. I know that sounds terrible, but if you knew her, you'd understand. What I'm getting at is, with getting this surgery, I feel like I've gotten a second chance at life. A "do-over" of sorts. I feel like I want to leave the old Ashli behind and start fresh. A new body, a new career and a new attitude! I'd like to leave everything behind except of coarse my wonderful, fantastic, supportive husband! Too bad I can't leave my debt behind LOL! I wish we could pick up and move. I'd go to Florida. I crave warm weather and the ocean. I'd love to just be able to take a quick car ride to the beach. That sounds absolutely amazing. We will someday. But we just moved into our house a year ago and we have some things to do before we can do anything like that.

Anyway, I guess I haven't even mentioned the career I'd like to switch to. Cosmetology. I know that may sound weird, it's got nothing to do with the medical field. But it's something that I think I'd love, have a passion for. At first, I began looking at other careers that are similar to what I do now and make similar money, but why does it always have to be about money? What about happiness? My husband told me, "If it's something you've always wanted to do, then why not? DO IT!" I think I just might. It makes me excited thinking about it. Of coarse I can always keep an "as needed" position at the hospital and keep up my license to make extra money if I need to. I don't know for sure what I'm going to do, but you only live once so why not spend it doing something that makes you happy. I'm about 99% sure I'm going to sign up after summer is over. Can't wait!

10 comments:

Barbara said...

Ashli you made me laugh so hard with the peeing on satan line..

But seriously, you are young.. if you want to do a career change.. do it now.. and it sounds like you have the wonderful support of your DH.. like your post title states JUST DO IT..

Barbara said...

Ashli you made me laugh so hard with the peeing on satan line..

But seriously, you are young.. if you want to do a career change.. do it now.. and it sounds like you have the wonderful support of your DH.. like your post title states JUST DO IT..

Leslie said...

I think you should do it. Now is the time to do all of that. I like the idea of you keeping an as needed position for extra cash on the side. That is a really great idea.

kraney said...

Before I had kids, I NEVER could have imagined myself staying at home with them. But when I had my first, and had to turn her over to strangers every day, it was HEART WRENCHING! We sold our brand new house that we built, and moved to a smaller, 106 year old house. It was so worth it. Just keep that in mind as you think about a career change!

Camille said...

I have a friend that was a nurse for ten years who went to cosmetology school and now cuts hair. She love's it. When I was in medical school, I was so miserable that at one point I called the local cosmetology school. Now this is going to sound weird, but I think the healthcare and beauty industries actually attract the same kind of people. You just want to make people feel better. I think it is a great idea.

A Fat Chick Getting Skinny said...

I don't think it is weird at all. I think it's actually pretty common for people burnt out in health care to switch to cosmetology. I think it has to do with the desire we have to help others feel good. And who doesn't feel great after a rocking new 'do?

Good luck on the change!

A Fat Chick Getting Skinny said...

Camille- GTMA (great minds think alike)

Mike Marlow said...

Just out of curiosity...what's DH? Is that girl code for dumb husband? :)

~ Katie ~ said...

I agree with your hubby- do something that will make you happy.

Jenny said...

LOL. For what its worth, here's my 2cents. Go for it! If it were me I would keep my license as a just in case. It never hurts to have a fall back plan or extra $$! ITA with Camille, you want to make people feel good. I kind of think that in a way this process is about admitting that we deserve more than just getting by in life. You deserve to have a job that you love!