Sunday, December 14, 2008

Crossroads. . .

I'm in a weird place...unsettled. I want to be "useful" and am looking at perhaps starting a new career. I keep thinking that 51 is too old to start anything. I don't know where that nonsense comes from....hitting 50 was weird. Glad to be here, though.
I don't know if I can physically handle full-time work or not, but I do know that I'm happier out working and contributing. Thoughts range from these:
**Truly market myself and start doing more art; keep subbing on the side.
**Going back to school for my LPC to become a licensed counselor.
**Go for alternative certification in General, Art, and Special Ed and teach full-time.

Would you offer up a prayer for me to listen for God's word on this? Thanks.

15 comments:

Lynne said...

Prayin' for you ..

Don't let age be a factor, I got my degree at 53, and at 54 I'm about to start work on my Masters.

Be realistic about the practicalities (money, energy level etc) and after that, follow your heart!

karen said...

Thanks, Lynne! I appreciate this. Congratulations to YOU!!

pearlie said...

Praying for you. God will show the way when we ask him, but be patient we must. Be strong and keep courage.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

YOU GO GIRL!!!! I can't wait to see which direction you go. You would be an excellent counselor (I've benefited from your wisdom and empathy many times). You are also very gifted as an artist.....Hmmm. How exciting.

Kansas Bob said...

A big AMEN to anything counseling related Karen.. you are one of the most insightful people I know.. you are a compassionate truth speaker and would make a great counselor.

I added your request to my prayer list.

Happy Monday!

Kansas Bob said...

..and ditto what Lynne said - follow your wonderful heart!

Don said...

Listen to your heart. It knows you very well.

... Paige said...

and it is done just waiting for the time to work out

I love feets photo below. I may just borrow your idea :-)

Milly said...

Praying

karen said...

You all are the best. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support. It means the world! It'll all work out!

Missy said...

Karen, you know I am praying for you. Never doubt that you can accomplish any of these - you are amazing and far more youthful than you give yourself credit for. :)

Ed G. said...

Two points Karen.

1. PT Barnum was 61 when he started his first circus. So you've got plenty of time.

2. In Book of Acts, the first words Peter spoke after the gift of the holy spirit was a quote from the book of Joel: In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

You were created to dream -- go dream and make your dreams come true.

Kansas Bob said...

Good one Ed.. reminded me that Grandma Moses began painting in her seventies after abandoning a career in embroidery because of arthritis.

Not that I am equating Karen with a senior citizen :)

karen said...

Thanks, Missy....I stay younger by hangin' with you younguns!
Ed, you have no idea how sweet your words were for me today. Thank you so much. Bless you.
Good reminder, Bob....sometimes I feel like a senior citizen when the lupus flares!

Mark D said...

Will pray for you Karen. I've been in that unsettled place before and I know what it's like.