Saturday, October 17, 2009

Inside Job

october 17 2009

1. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Doctor, midwife, ballet dancer and journalist.

I didn't become a doctor, nor a midwife. Instead I became a psychologist. And I studied medicine as an extraneus, meaning that I studied the main part, but didn't act as a doctor in hospital, nor attended all practical exercises in the laboratories.
Some friends are midwifes and I've made rounds with them and I worked as a birth/delivery councellor. So I supported parents during their high risk pregnancy and high risk delivery. Beautiful work!

Yes, I realised being a ballet dancer. And I've enjoyed it so much that I still have the ballet dancer inside me. Ask me as a teacher or choreographer and you make me happy.

Yes, I've been trained and I've worked as a journalist and at times I still do.

2. Did you ever pursue that career?

Well, you have read the answers.

3. If you are not in that field, what changed?

When I got diabetes I had to stop with ballet. My body couldn't adjust well enough.

Having 4 children with special needs made me give up a lot, career, a normal social life.

4. What is your current job?

Most of the time I'm not paid. I should be.

I'm a mom, autism advocate, I advice people about parenting and about autism parenting from conception to adulthood, I write regularly, advice friends who are journalists,... etc etc. I'm never bored.

5. What's the best part of what you do?

There is no best part, from a professional perspective, because as a mom of special needs kids you're always fighting.

6. Do you have plans to do something else down the road?

Yes. But I'm not sure whether I want to work at regular times under a boss.
I hope to work as a choreographer again.
I would love to be a travel journalist, and a lot more...

7. How did you get your present job? If you are a stay at home mom, how long did you need to plan that move?

I became a SAHM in a time that it was normal for a woman to stay home for the children. Now there's such a lot of pressure on women to work, that it seems you're a kind of underdogged alien when you're a SAHM.
I've decided I want to be one of the last from this dying species. As a protest against the lack of respect for motherhood.

8. Did your parents influence your choices of jobs over the years?

Yes, my mother refused to help me become a midwife, because I had to move to another town. She didn't want to spend money on that.
She didn't want to sigh she wasn't paying either, so I had to find a study in my hometown.
I worked and studied both at the same time.

9. What advice would you give your children on careers?

Invest time and energy,do what your heart tells you what to do. Money isn't all. Be good at what you do.

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  1. You do some wonderful things. Good for you! :)

    Have a great Saturday!

  2. You are a whirlwind of energy :).

    I hope you are able to pursue your dreams as a travel journalist & you dance again!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Here's mine:


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