Oh hi. I see you’ve found my website. I suspect this is going to be part of an unusually good day for you. Or, more likely, for me! Let’s be honest. Not very many people know who I am. Yet? But that’ll change. Or maybe it won’t. That isn’t really the point. I’ll get a better idea who I am, though, and if you’d like to join me in the process, you’re quite welcome to follow along.
Some things I like. Other things, I don’t like. For example:
DISLIKE: Degrees as gatekeepers.
If you have a post-high school, non-professional degree, be honest. How much did that actually help you prepare for the work you do right now? Compare that with your professional experience. Compare that with the things you’ve learned outside the classroom. Compare that with your daily life. If you don’t have a post-high school degree, compare yourself with the 22-year-old fresh graduate they just hired to be your supervisor. People are good at their work because they’re passionate about it and have practiced it, not because they’ve proven they can sit in a classroom and follow directions. I have a BA in Theology from Boston College and an MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. And I’ve even started a business teaching Catholic parish ministers to engage their senior parishioners! I’m one of the only liberal arts graduates you’ll ever meet whose degree goes with my work! But I’m good at it because I’m passionate about it and have practiced it, not because I spent six years sitting in classrooms.
At the end of May 2014, I made myself a promise that I would never “have a job” again. Shocked? Horrified? Bear with me. I promised myself I would never just “fill a role” in a company until a machine could be developed that would do my work for me. I’m not just going to “clean houses.” I’m going to completely remove housekeeping from a busy family’s list of worries. I’m not just going to “provide customer service.” I’m going to make sure I solve problems for real people so fast they can get back to things that matter to them. I’m not just going to “train parish ministers to engage their senior parishioners.” I’m going to make sure Catholic parishes help the senior members of their families prepare well for eternal life. I’ve worked for the State of Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development, CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and myself. I’ve seen the difference between “working” and “having a job,” and I choose to work.
LIKE: Knitting, martial arts, senior adults, Catholicism, ice hockey.
DISLIKE: Expectations that hobbies ought to have something to do with each other.
If you want to like what you do, do what you like!
DISLIKE: A two-party political system that makes me choose which humans I prefer.
Where are the politicians who want to protect unborn children AND convicts? Who don’t think innocent children brought to this country illegally should be punished for the crimes of their parents, but also don’t think children’s educational hopes should be doomed because they were born in a crummy school district? Who recognize that small businesses employ half the US workforce, which means if you want to provide more work for more people, you have to let some keep enough capital to start businesses? A co-worker once told me she wasn’t sure I’d know where to find the box if I wanted to think inside it, and I take that as a compliment. I don’t think pitting people against each other solves problems. If we can’t find a way for both of us to win, we haven’t thought well enough yet.
You may find commentary about some or all of these things in the “Blog” section. Sometimes I just need to write things down. I do some other things in different places around the internet. Please check them out if they sound interesting to you. If not, your life is too short to waste it on my ideas you find uninteresting.
- Catholic Senior Ministry (catholicseniorministry.org), wherein I attempt to train parish catechetical leaders to evangelize and catechize older adults in their parishes.
- Level Up Your Ledger (levelupyourledger.com), in which I try to teach nerds to kick buttocks in the personal finance…IRL.
I think my life is meant to be lived. By me. That’s all I bring to anything. If you’re interested in following along, I hope you enjoy.