The Right Job

I followed my dreams. I could have gone into any field (besides things that require advanced math like aerospace engineering or particle physics). I’m a smart girl. I could have done something like an MBA or an MPH or some other crazy, sexy degree. Instead, I chose this degree.

This degree inspired me to work on being a beautiful human being. This experience led me to meeting some wonderful friends, a great partner, and some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever known.

This degree did not promise to make me wealthy. It did not promise to provide me security. Heck, this degree didn’t even guarantee employment. Some degrees are better at those provisions, but none of them make any promises about the future.

That’s not a degree’s responsibility. It’s my responsibility.

You know what else is my responsibility?

Continuing to grow as a human being. Continuing to work on things that will create a person I am continually proud to be.

So, I’m working on patience. I’m working on confidence. I’m working on faith.

I won’t lie to you all. I won’t sit here and say something like, “It’s a breeze! Jobs are a plenty! I’m turning down offers faster than I turn down pumpkin spice lattes!”

OK, so now you know I’m lying. I don’t turn down pumpkin spice lattes and I don’t turn down job offers. I wish I did both, sometimes.

I started my part-time job and I stopped my part-time job. There’s a few reasons I’m not working in this position anymore, one finger pointing at me and one at my former employer, so it all evens out anyway.

Turns out that because I follow my passions, almost to a fault, it’s hard to hide when I’m apathetic. It’s difficult to muster up the smile and say, “Sure, I’d love to do this job!” when really, I want to do so much more than this job.

I’ve got big ideas, big aspirations, and a lot of impatience. I want to set the world on fire, but I’m having a hard time sticking around to watch that kindle burn, nourishing the flame, beckoning it into something that is that all-encompassing spark I feel about what I studied and how I want to see it thrive in my world.

So, I’m going to start being intentional. I’m going to take the jobs that are right for me. The ones that will feed my soul and my well-being. I won’t be a picky jerk, but I won’t waste anyone’s time, either. I have a lot to contribute and I need to remember that.

It hasn’t been the best of times and it hasn’t been the worst of times. It’s just been a time, looking for that job that will set me on the precipice of my life. Give me the right tools and I’ll hopefully get everyone to feel as passionate about mental health as I do. Just you wait.



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Jen Bingaman, M.A. LMHCA

About Jen Bingaman, M.A. LMHCA

Hi, I’m Jen. I’m a mental health counselor newly residing in Seattle, Washington. I strongly believe in the mind-body connection as the cornerstone of my professional ideology, along with the healing possibilities of puppies, a good glass of red wine, the smell of a new book, and the importance of travel.

  • Josephine

    The right job is out there for you!

    For the past 5 yearsI have struggled with picking a graduate degree field and deciding “what I wanted to be when I grew up” (at the age of 27 mind you)! Finally during some coaching someone asked “if you could do anything – money doesn’t matter, status, etc – what would you do?” The first thing that popped into my head was teaching. This is something I’ve always thought about, explored, been talked out of, scared me, and something I ultimately did not pursue. At the end of the day, I know from the bottom of my heart that teaching, inspiring and working with students is for me. Off to teacher school I go :) Where it will lead I do not know but I’m excited for the ride!

    Thanks for the great blog and go drink a pumpkin spiced latte.

    • http://www.thepursuitofsassiness.com/ Jennifer Bingaman

      What a great comment, brightened my day! Go chase your dreams. Hopefully we’ll be rolling around in money from following our hearts, but when we’re not, let’s meet back here and drink virtual pumpkin spice lattes together. :)

  • Emily Christenson

    What a great post! This is exactly what I am currently struggling with myself.
    You will be amazing at any job but it’s important to find the right job for you. From reading your blog, I have no doubts that you will find the right job. Good luck on your journey! And no one ever said that you can have too many pumpkin lattes.

  • HL

    To quote a cycling article I read recently, I hope you find what this lady did: “She was lucky enough to stumble into the exact pursuit she was born for.”

    Happy stumbling!

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