What I Wanted to Be Growing Up, Chronologically

  1. Age four - the person who named crayons and made the color
    I loved crayola crayons so much I wanted to work there. To name the crayons? Best. Job. Ever.
  2. Age Four - Margaret Mead
    I had no idea what she did but I had a book about her and she shared my name.
  3. Age five: Doctor
    I have a picture of me holding a maxi pad to my brother's head since he was my patient.
  4. Age seven: Priest (Catholic)
    I was so crushed that I wasn't allowed to be a priest because I was a girl. A nun was not an acceptable consolation prize. This is the moment my inner feminist really flared and developed. This is the same moment my faith in the church began to waiver and crumble.
  5. Age nine: Doctor
    I asked for Grey's anatomy (textbook) so I could understand the body better and get prepared for med school (obviously). This where I would learn about menstruation. Super helpful since my parents clearly didn't consider I'd need to know.
  6. Age ten - fifteen: these were dark times. I just wanted to get through middle school. I did consider being an artist, writer, professional viola-ist, board game designer or pretty/rich/not awkward.
  7. Age fifteen - nineteen: French Teacher
    I lived in France for a year and got a teaching scholarship. Alas. How things change but stay the same.
  8. Age nineteen: theatre superstar
    French was boring and I was cast as the lead in the fall play. As a college freshman! Unheard of. I clearly was destined to be an actress. But then it dawned on me that I didn't have Hollywood looks nor do I like rejection or competition at all. So, my theater dreams faded once spring semester wrapped up.
  9. Age twenty - twenty two: women's studies professor or feminist theorist
    As the theatre bug faded the feminist side of my kicked up with great fury. I devoured Simone de Beauvoir, Susan Bordo, Jean Kilbourn, bell hooks and so many others. My thesis was new and almost brilliant: the female panopticon: body politics and the male gaze. Then I graduated, realized I didn't want to constantly publish as a professor and there were no want ads for a feminist theorist so off to the non-profit world I went.
  10. Age twenty two - twenty six: grant writer, director of a theatre consortium, fund raiser for an architectural preservation organization, and bar tending at night
    I loved bartending most of all. My day jobs switched a bit but bartending was always there. Long live Felicia's Atomic Lounge.
  11. Age twenty six - twenty eight: graphic designer
    I realized the only parts of my day job I liked was the design part. So, I quit my life in Ithaca, moved to Chicago and got a second bachelors in graphic design.
  12. Age twenty eight - thirty three: design instructor
    I never made the move to a graphic design firm, but I did end up as an adjunct then program chair at the college where I studied. I taught design, history/theory, college success, information literacy, and many more for years until I could not do it anymore. But I did get my masters in educational leadership.
  13. Age thirty three - present: technology change management for the 3rd largest school district and Google evangelist for said district
    I moved to the board of Ed to train on technology and moved up the ranks. I love working with Google, solving problems, helping people, and being creative. This is a new job to the board; it didn't and couldn't have existed years ago. It's an exciting journey.
  14. My career path has never been straight but it is clear that all I have wanted to do is solve problems, make things better and help people.
    I would have made a great priest besides the whole female and have to be a staunch Catholic thing.