Career Changes

I’ve been teaching full time at Inner-City Arts for probably 8 years & taught my first class there ELEVEN years ago! For my “2 years max” at a variety of jobs, this is by far the longest commitment I’ve had to…well almost anything. This Monday, though, I stepped way back and am now teaching only two days a week. Everyone makes moves like this all the time, but for me it feels huge.

I could give you 500 logical reasons for doing this, but honestly–I really just needed a change and a challenge. Teaching drama has been my passion since 2000 probably (shout out to Seattle Children’s Theatre!). That’s a good 15 years of knowing pretty much exactly what I wanted to do in life. I never had that “searching” phase in my 20s. I had plenty of silly jobs in the meantime, lots of school to get better at what I did, etc–but I always knew where the passion was. It has been a huge gift in my life. To want something, to go after it, to do it with care/passion/skill & always eager to be better. And really, what a gift to find Bob Bates (co-founder) and Inner-City Arts–my vision so closely aligns with his & I feel really connected to the work we are doing.

My students were filming a documentary a couple of years ago on Bob Bates & he told the kids “I follow my creativity wherever it takes me.” That line has stayed with me ever since, and I’ve felt the need to do the same. I encourage my students to explore their creativity, take risks & try new things. Push their limits. My turn!

So, what am I doing the other days of the week? I’m developing, growing and expanding my Entertaining Adventure scavenger hunt business at the moment. I’m also taking a minute just to relax, breath & rejoice that I don’t have to put all the effort into full-time teaching that so often exhausted me and barely paid the bills.

For several years, I worried that growing tired of teaching meant all the work I had done up to this point was a waste of time or a mistake. There is such a feeling of relief and freedom now that I see my life can take a new turn, and I don’t have to pretend to be interested in a field that no longer feeds me creatively. Maybe it will again one day, but I need a break.

I don’t really make rash decisions. If anything, I think about things way too much and take action very rarely. When I do take action, it feels like a milestone. I have no idea what the next year will look like for me, but there is surprisingly little fear. It is instead a mix of relief, excitement & freedom. I booked a gig this past week, and the feeling of joy that came over me when I realized I actually had TIME to focus on it was such a great feeling.

I’m sure there will be ups and downs to this whole process, but right now I’m so ready for it.

5 Replies to “Career Changes”

  1. you have taken all the right steps in this change in your life and I know you will do awesome !!! Just give your all as you have done in teaching those kids and the sky will be the limit for you…always remember all the people that love and care about you and your family will always be right there for you anytime, anyplace…..

  2. I’m so proud of you for stepping up and grabbing this opportunity, knowing it was the right thing to do at the time! Don’t feel guilty for having free time . . . enjoy and revel in it !!

  3. Kristy you have written some wonderful essays in the recent past. It is always good to consider all of the “angles” of a huge change, but don’t get caught in the pitfall of trying think out the ripple effect of the future, That results with infinitesimal possibilities that can never be resolved. You are obviously a well grounded person. Make your decision, go to your favorite quiet,serene place and be silent. Listen to your heart and “gut”. You already know the answer, they will affirm it for you. Go out there and live life to the fullest, whatever way it means to you, for it’s different for each of us. Good luck!!

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