My sister, brother and Nanny on a recent trip home ❤
Hi everyone. Unfortunately, I too often begin posts with the phrase, “sorry it’s been so long..” And not to make up any excuses, but there will be times when the somber realities of life will jump out at you without warning. And in those moments, family takes precedence. It’s been a rough month and a half dealing with many difficult matters and feelings. I was stuck inside my head for a very long time, and even though I still feel engulfed by a somber cloud, I have found myself capable of writing and sharing again. I’m not going to delve into the happenings of my private life, but I would love to share some more positive developments in my individual life.
Since we last spoke, I was looking forward to taking a class at the neighborhood collective, Workroom Social. But due to low enrollment, the class was cancelled. At first upset, I soon came to see that this was a great turn of events. I began thinking in a new, skill oriented way. In my short adult life, I have never had much money. I have always longed for the day when I could take on my school loans in full and triumphantly remove myself from the family’s cell phone plan. So I began to re-think my entire path. As much as I want to get into fashion, perhaps I needed to tackle a lucrative skill first. Something that would make me a highly coveted employee, and that could make me enough money to pursue my more artistic endeavors. That’s when I received an email from Google. The email was regarding free web development training to minorities (i.e. women). I eagerly signed up in hopes of being picked for their first round of training. I wasn’t chosen, but it did give me an idea and a direction. I would become a web designer; someone who knows a specialized skill in a field that can be applied to any and all businesses, and knowledge of an international language, which I could carry with me to all corners of the world. And being a women in a male dominated field would give me even more of an edge. A differing perspective.
If you’ve ever attempted to tackle a skill in which you know nothing about, you could imagine how overwhelmed I began to feel. Not knowing the first thing about coding, I had no idea where to begin. What skills did I really need to conquer? What is a career in Web Design even called? Eventually, through the use of Yelp, I landed on what seemed to be a credible and decently priced school in SoHo, Noble Desktop. They had been around since the early 90’s and offered certificate programs in both Design and Development. And so on that first Monday of August, instead of biking over to my long anticipated sewing class, I took the train to my first Web Development course.
I learned so much in my first three days at school. But as the final day was winding down, my excitement turned to anxious impatience as I realized I was only scratching the surface of this highly specialized, extremely detailed new language. And although the program was somewhat affordable, I did not have the upfront cash to put down on the following class. I needed an alternative. Enter Treehouse. Treehouse popped up on my newsfeed shortly after the creeps at Facebook saw my tech-related Google searches. I reluctantly clicked on it and signed up for their free trial. I took their beginner web class in order to compare it to Noble’s. Surprisingly, I learned just as much, if not more, through their videos, quizzes and tutorials. And clocking in at only $25 a month, I had found my new mode of education.
So as I slowly but surely tackle this new field, I also have my heart set on teaching English abroad. I know what you all must be thinking, “This crazy girl has fifteen career objectives!” But I swear, they all tie in with each other! When I first traveled to Europe last year, my eyes were opened to the world. Since then, I can’t seem to get it out of my head! I stepped out of my country and I am not ready to go back inside! There are too many places to see, people to meet, experience to be had! But as I looked at my monthly bills, and my general New York expenses, I realized there was no way I’d be able to make it back for a three week vacation. And that’s when teaching English as a second language entered my thoughts. Why not become a teacher? Giving back, especially the gift of communication, could possibly be one of the most rewarding things I ever do in my life. With the existence of the internet, we have become globally connected in a way I’m sure no one could have ever imagined. Unfortunately, that connection has brought on great cultural clashes, not because we inherently hate each other, but because we don’t understand one another. I would love to help break down that communication barrier through the teaching of language. And if I get to travel the world and expand my own perspective while I’m at it, all the more reason to go! I was originally planning on applying for this coming Spring 2015, but I have decided it would not be enough time for me to tackle my web design training. I want to have that under my belt so that I may use it as another way to freelance and earn money while abroad. Staying in New York an extra year will also allow me to build up my portfolio, and pay down some of my debts before embarking on a new journey. Eventually, I would like to circle back around to fashion, but only when I have the money to finance my education and create a line on my own terms. The celebrity worship and status in the fashion industry truly turns me off, and I would like to create a product in collaboration with the citizens of the world. I want to create a global network of people through my travels and I would also love to get involved with the Fair Trade movement.
I know that I’ve said a lot and that these are some very lofty goals, but I think it’s important to think big and try to do and give back as much as possibly while you are here on Earth. I want to travel while I’m young. I want it to shape the person I grow in to. And along the way, I plan on logging my journey though a new travel publication that is currently in the works. More on that to come! In the meantime, please comment on this post or message me if you’d like to learn more about Treehouse, Noble Desktop, or if you have any information of English as a second language certificates. I’d love to start a discussion. I want to hear from all of you out there. I see in my stats that people read this, but let’s start a dialogue! I’d want to hear your thoughts and ideas and anything else you’d like to share with me 🙂
Until next time, enjoy this cozy, cloudy Fall day!