Take Your Blogger to Work Day

Gina from the blog Hiya Luv is having a very fun party right now.
It’s called Take Your Blogger to Work Day.

Sounds fun, right?
This is a great way to get to know more about some of your favorite bloggers.

So here is more information about me.

1. When you were growing up, what did you hope to become? What was your dream career?
I always wanted to be a teacher, ALWAYS. I’m sure there were a couple other careers that I thought about every now and then like any other kid, but I always came back to a teacher.

2. Through the years in elementary school, high school, college, etc. did your dream career evolve? What influenced you?
Becoming a teacher, never left my train of thought. I was always going to be a teacher. In high school I took LOTS of art classes and I did contemplate becoming an art teacher but decided I would just stick with an elementary school teacher.
I took a course in high school, where I would go to the neighboring elementary school and work with young students and loved it. So, once it came to choosing a path in college there was no other option.
I did contemplate interior designer at some point once I was in college but my school didn’t have a great program so I stuck with teacher.

3. What is your career today? Is it your dream job? How did you get there? What do you hope for your career in the future?
Currently, I work from home, online, for an educational company.
Obviously, I am not teaching but at least I am still working in the educational field.
I ended up working in this job mostly because of being a military spouse. Travis and I graduated college, got married and then this whirl wind life started. I subbed while Travis was deployed but we move so often (about to make move number 5 in 4 yrs.) that I haven’t gotten an actually teaching position. So this position can move with me any where so it works.

My best friend used to work for the same company and I actually went to high school with one of my bosses so I talked to her and luckily she was hiring in a few months.

Perhaps, some day I’ll end up with my own classroom, perhaps I will just sub. We’ll see. We’ve always discussed me being a stay at home mom once we have kids so who knows what I will be doing in the future.

4. What is your day like? What are your typical tasks?
Oh, what is my day like?! I must say, I have an awesome schedule. I can make it any way I want. I typically get up around 10. Yes, I really like my sleep ok?! lol I’ll work out, then sign into work. I normally work 5 to 5 1/2 hr days and working on whatever my assignment is at the time. It varies depending on what is needed to do at the moment. Once, work is complete, I wait for Travis to come home, have dinner, and then try to work on blog stuff, projects, or etsy items. I am a night owl so I head to bed sometime after midnight but before 2 am.

5. What do you love about your job? What are some downfalls?
I love the flexible hours and that it is obviously a job I do from home. It is nice to work when I want to work. Can work as much as I like as long as I get 20 hrs a week. Can take off if I need to take off. It’s a job I can do in my pajamas and that is always nice too, Travis may not think so but I enjoy it! lol

The only thing that I say that can be a downfall, is that since I do work at home, alone, I miss interacting with others. I’m always so happy when Travis comes home so I can finally talk to someone that will actually respond back to me. Oscar and Patton just don’t cut it.

6. Do you hope to stay in this job forever? Where do you see your career self in the future?
No, I don’t see myself staying in this job forever. Like I mentioned before, we’ve always talked about me being a SAHM once we have kids (granted I do stay home now but I wouldn’t work once kids come along), or I’ve thought about subbing again since that is easier to do since we move so much. And MAYBE if we are in once place long enough, I will try to teach. We’ll see.

But Travis and I actually have a dream together.
We want to buy an old historical home and open it up as an event/wedding house.
We want to throw parties, weddings, and special events. We have big ideas of how we want out house to look- must have acreage, a large barn and other out buildings, and open.
Hopefully, we will be able to achieve this dream around the time that Travis will retire from the military. Fingers Crossed! 🙂

7. How does your blog/shop/creativity contribute from your career? Or does it distract?
I don’t think my job contributes anything to my blog, etsy shop, or creativity. There are times, when I don’t want to work and just blog or make something but even though I work from home, I know I SHOULD work and I do.
If I want to get some crafting done, I try to plan ahead and then start working earlier so i finish earlier then get some crafting done.

So that’s what I do!
Nothing very exciting! lol
But I want to thank Gina for throwing such a fun party.

Head over to Gina’s blog and check out all the bloggers participating in Take Your Blogger to Work Day.

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  • Cassie
    March 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Cool, Allison! It sounds like an awesome job for your current stage in life. Maybe you will stay put for a while somewhere. We've been here at Benning going on 7 years!

  • gina luv
    March 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    can i have your job! The flexible hours are amazing:)

  • The Answer Is Chocolate
    March 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I'm so glad I saw your post about this blog hop on your blog last week! I enjoyed reading your story. I love working from home!

  • Sarah B.
    March 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    That sounds like a really cool job! I'd love to know the name of the company – there's a chance I might have to find a job outside of the classroom and I'd love to stay in the educational arena!
    Oh, and I want to be a SAHM too someday 🙂

  • Melissa {TheScarletCardinal}
    March 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Working from home would be dreamy! Despite the fact that I live where I work (so I'm def not complaining about the commute), having the ability to set your own hours would be great.

    Glad you joined the party!

  • Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    March 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    So fun to read more about you! I taught for 10 years! What a dream to be able to work from home. Great post.

  • Christina
    March 22, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I loved getting to know these things about you…and I'm trying REALLY hard not to be really jealous!!! Sounds like such a great job with flexible part-time hours…I can't wait until I'm in the part of life where I can have a job like that!!!

    I posted about my job…I had no idea you have an ed degree too!! Fun!

  • aPearantly sew
    March 22, 2011 at 3:47 am

    I think it's awesome that your work schedule is so flexible! I would have a hard time getting motivated enough to work. I'd be crafting, or relaxing with a book & a cup of coffee, or shopping…anything but work! 🙂

  • Jackie Koll
    March 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Are you willing to share where you work? I'm a SAHM but continually look for something I can do from home to help us our financally. I am an elementary teacher – taught school for 8 years and have a masters in Educational Administration. So obviously, something in the educational field would be awesome. I understand if you can't but it never hurts to ask.