There’s this tendency of some people in my life to constantly say they don’t know what I’m doing or my interests are all over this place.
I do not disagree. I always thought I was so weird because I feel like I could be happy doing so many things. I’ve considered countless careers. In 2008, I went to Coastal Carolina and wanted to be a teacher. I didn’t hate it. I could enjoy a life as a teacher. But I want more. I almost applied to law school. I would love to be a lawyer. I think I would excel there. I also think the US is producing more lawyers than they have jobs for so it did not fiscally make sense to take out loans for a field that is shrinking and has a surplus of qualified applicants. I have considered pursing a career in politics. I have been in marketing. I think the two go to together well. I did great in marketing. I love writing so I have an MA in Journalism.
My interests are varied but I think they are all in a relatable field. The skill set required for each is similar. To excel in any of these areas you must be motivated, educated, an effective communicator, quick on your feet, etc. I could make an endless list of the similarities.
The thing that struck me most was the commentary on which people feel they are entitled to have. Then tonight, I saw this quote from the Female Entrepreneur Association.
So, when I began writing I wrote about staying home and how important it is to me to focus on my relationship with my husband. Well turns out, staying home means taking on way too many projects. More projects than a girl can handle. I’m doing more now than I did when I was working.
During Christmas Eve, a family member was asking what I was doing these days. I told her just working a few hours as a nanny and then a lot of volunteer work. She asked me what I was doing with my life. I was puzzled to say the very least. I responded with, “well I’m in school so I thought if I worked less it would be better for me.”
Then I got the realest advice. She told that I was wasting my time and was disappointed that someone who was about to finish her third degree was not advancing my career. That really struck me. I didn’t know what to say.
I have tons of experience but it’s been almost a year since I worked a “grown-up” job or one that at least improves my resume. She said whatever you do, do not let that one year mark hit.
Then, just yesterday, I text an old friend to say “Happy Birthday.” After the usual pleasantries he asked me what I’m doing with my life. He said “you’re a real bread winner. When I saw you were wasting talents staying home I was so angry.”
Originally, I began writing a piece about my commitment to a biblical marriage for this post (which will come later) but then I had an epiphany. By epiphany, I mean the Spirit touched me.
I’ve written about the world’s poor back around Thanksgiving. The majority of the piece was to introduce you to the problems outside the comfort of the United States. In the US, we have programs to help those in need. There are always food drives, clothing drives, homeless shelters, etc. The United States may not be perfect, but we are trying.
The problem is that 95% of the population lives outside the United States.
I know what you’re thinking. “We have people living in poverty in the United States. We should be helping them.”
I would not disagree with you. We should be doing more for those at home. However, there is an international affairs budget in place. It already exists. It is minuscule in comparison to the total budget for the year. It takes up less than half a percent of the budget.
This is where we come in. The Borgen Project is an organization that is seeking to help the world’s less fortunate.
There are a few things you can do to help those in need.
You can call congress. It takes a grand total of 15 seconds. Normally, it is an intern that answers the phone and they keep track of what constituents care about.
You can email congress. This is incredibly easy! The Borgen Project already drafted the email. You just have to add your name and hit send.
Most importantly, you can donate. I am trying to raise $500 to help the world’s poor. A large portion of people in third world countries live on less than $2.50 a day! Imagine what $500 could do for them!