Kate in the Middle
Making Cents — Making Change
Change. It’s inevitable. Sometimes we long for it, other times we wish it wasn’t happening. Without change, life can become rather dull. I am not an expert about change, but I certainly have had my fair share of it in my life.
I have been writing for the Center Grove Community Newsletter since its inception. I was truly humbled and honored when I was asked to write for the publication when it was in its infancy. At the time, I was preparing for a transition from working full time in financial services to beginning my own journey in self-employment.
I wanted to help others by being a financial coach. The writing was a component of that. I also worked part-time at a high school for supplemental income. This worked well and was good for a while. I had coached a few folks and helped them get going in the right direction. However, it is not easy charging for services when folks are having a hard time stretching income to cover expenses.
Last spring, the winds of change began presenting themselves to me. I was looking for opportunity for full-time employment within the school system that would still provide me the time off during the holiday breaks and some of the summer. At the same time, I was approached about working full time for a company downtown.
I accepted the job downtown. Little did I know at the time that this path would take a turn into an area that I have found challenging as well as enjoyable. As I was getting settled into this new career, I found my interest in the financial coaching and writing waning.
After multiple discussions with a variety of folks, I have embraced the change in my life that has taken me further away from just focusing on the financial topic. My interests are varied and my voice may be similar to others that read this, maybe not.
With a cup of coffee in hand at a local coffee shop, I met with Dann, the publisher of this wonderful publication, to get his feedback on where I am in this journey and how it may affect my writing.
Dann was open to the idea of changing the Making Cents column to something more varied in its subject matter. My interests have evolved and the column is evolving as well.
As we move forward in this evolution, I may continue to have a sprinkling of financial advice or information within a column, but that will not be the sole focus going into the fourth year of the Center Grove Community Newsletter.
My new direction is more of life in the middle… in the middle of raising my boys to be on their own in the not too distant future, in the middle of my natural life (I’m not 29 by any means), in the middle of America. This will be about my journey in life and the observations that I glean from being a part of it.
I hope you have enjoyed the nearly three years of writing under the header of Making Cents. Won’t you come back next month to see what the new column will be and start anew with me?