Eating my feelings at Gerard Mulot.
Absent from the blogosphere for a week. An entire week!
I had a serious case of “What am I doing with my life?” Totally not a valid excuse, but it’s true.
Last week (month) was all fun and games—lunches, picnics, exploring, meeting new people and catching up with old friends. I loved it. By Friday, I was certain about one thing: I want to work in Paris.
One thing I wasn’t so sure about: How could I do it?
As a U.S. citizen, the chances are slim. As a recent college grad with virtually no professional experience and very basic language skills? So much slimmer. Dare I say, nearly impossible. While I love a good challenge, I hate when the circumstances are out of my control. I’ve been spending hours researching my options. Being an au pair, teaching English or going to grad school aren’t exactly what I planned or want to do now, but could/should I make that sacrifice to live in Paris for a year or two? I want to learn French and know that I’ll learn best by immersion. But, I know that I could be perfectly happy working in the States.
In this weird stage of freedom and uncertainty, here are questions I’ve been asking myself:
1. What am I good at?
2. What do I like to do?
3. What inspires me?
4. What do I want to accomplish in the next 5 and 10 years, and how can I get there?
5. <every personal finance related question about budgeting and saving>
6. Who can help me?
7. What is my ideal life plan?
As a dear friend wrote in an e-mail:
“When we’re in school, it feel as though we’re always working towards something. now that we’ve passed that threshold, there is no drawn out plan for us.”
I couldn’t agree more.
What questions do you ask yourself for personal and professional growth?