Jairek Robbins asks, “When was the last time you had to start over?”
On June 2, 2018, I was no longer a teacher. I had resigned from a toxic environment and hoped to be hired by another school district quickly. As the summer weeks waned and I didn’t get any calls for a teaching position, I began to worry. I am a single mother.
In the meantime, I decided my summer job (for, most teachers work during the summer, too) would be to try to earn money freelance editing and writing. Once I started working with clients and completing projects, I realized I do not want to return to teaching; I love editing and I want to continue doing THIS job.
I’m striving every day to find enough clients and projects so that I can replace my teacher’s salary being an editor, doing what I realize has been what I am most happy and equipped to do: edit.
The thing is, I owe over $100,000 in student loans. I borrowed after my divorce the money to live on while I earned my Master’s degree in Education. So, if I am able to remain an editor, I will be paying the rest of my life for the degree I only used 6 years.
Yet, all those steps brought me here and equipped me for this, my true calling, the one which makes me happier than I have been in over 40 years.
Starting Over – Jairek Robbins’ video