This is my third attempt at starting and maintaining this blog. I’ll start by re-introducing myself and sharing what I hope to accomplish here.
My name is Teri. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and I’ve spent most of my life here as a student. While the majority of my studies focused on city planning and policy, I’ve spent the last nine months working as a childcare provider. Needless to say, this was not a part of my post grad school plan, which seemingly began on the right track and slowly derailed…
Allow me to bring you up to speed:
During my last semester of grad school, I took on a part-time internship with the city in the hopes of landing a full-time, permanent position by graduation. When the internship ended, I accepted an entry-level planner position in another city department; however, this position was funded through a grant — meaning it wouldn’t last forever. Even so, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to work on a one-of-a-kind project with an amazing team of planners, designers, engineers, and community leaders. More importantly, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work within this particular department. Once the grant term ended, my job hunt took some interesting twists and turns — landing me in yet another city department, in a temporary position that was more focused on program development. To make a long story short, this forever student and planner’s dreams got a little lost in the fog of politics and overwhelming uncertainty…
Now let’s fast-forward a year or so (past an extremely frustrating job hunt) and consider the following choices:
- Continue applying for a limited number of planning jobs in Austin,
- Pursue planning jobs outside Austin, or
- Choose another career path altogether, wherever that may be.
For some, the choice seems obvious: Pursue planning someplace else! Get out and use your degrees! You’ve been in Austin your whole life! That last bit isn’t entirely true, but I won’t get into that here. Even so, if you know me, you know that I’ve wrestled with leaving Austin for a number of reasons, and more recently, it has come down to one. Although I know a lot about city planning, I don’t think I’m passionate about it; and I don’t need to leave Austin to confirm that — plain and simple. Before I make another career move, I want to consider all other possibilities and honor God where I am right now.
This blog will be a place where I share what’s happening in the meantime — while I turn down the outside voices, explore my gifts, and strive for a heart of gratitude in the midst of ever-changing circumstances. You’ll read about my creative interests, my adventures in babysitting and nanny-ing, and my attempts to surrender my life’s story to the One who wrote it — page by page.