The Next Chapter ... Part 2
Technically this is Part 2 since I consider graduating from college Part 1… Oh well.
Man oh man. I graduated from Texas A&M University last May and so much has happened since. This past year has taught me that adulthood and the real world can be interesting… and most importantly intimidating. There have been many tears of stress, worry, and joy throughout this season.
But let’s cut to the chase…
I quit my job as an architectural designer.
If you didn’t know, I worked for 2 years as an architectural designer and absolutely enjoyed it. I was blessed with the opportunity to design and assist in projects that help further God’s Kingdom here on earth by designing churches. I grew and learned so much throughout my time there and started getting comfortable where I was at. So why quit?
My transition from college to adult life was pretty rough. I cried because I felt like I chose the wrong major, although I knew I love architecture. I felt like everyone else had it together but myself. I hated my commute and I hated not living my college life, where I could decide to skip class to go sit at a coffee shop instead. Immediately I felt like there was something else I needed to do with architecture but I just didn’t know what. I felt like all the cons were experiences that everyone had and told myself to stick it through, and that’s when I started to get comfortable.
Through the mist of feeling unsure of what I was called to do I leaned on God and constantly prayed on my 1 hour drive home (sometimes crying), “Lord what is it that I need to do right now with my degree?”. In the beginning of all this teaching came up, but I quickly disregarded it because I felt I wasn’t equipped for that. So I continued seeking. I sat down and wrote traits I knew about myself, things I like / dislike, and what I find joy in. After doing so, the word teaching came flying through my mind again. This time I held to it.
I then spoke with my friend Christina, and told her “Man I can see myself being a teacher 5 years from now” and that’s when she replied with a challenge, “Why 5 years? Why not now?”. I took this home and prayed more about it and thought why not now???
It took a lot for me to realize that I’m at a point in my life that I can try new things out. I’m not married and don’t have children that depend on me. As I was building the courage to start the process to earn my teaching certificate, a lot of fear came to mind too. I feared that I was making a mistake. I felt like I was too old (lol I’m freaking young) to be making a major change like this. But what assured me each day that this was the right decision during this time in my life was the peace I felt when I considered myself a teacher. That peace was God telling me “Go. Do not be afraid. This is the time.”
The past year has been a season of growing, accepting, and trusting what the Lord calls me to do. This next school year I will be known as Ms. Cabrera and will be teaching architecture / graphic design at the high school level. I absolutely love architecture and have always loved graphic design (the reason I judge menus at restaurants lol) and I’m thankful that I will now be teaching 2 of my favorite things. I am excited to see what God has for me these next couple of years and trusting that whatever it is, it is for a reason.
This is just a gist of what has happened in my life the past year and the season I was going through. I am an open book and if you ever want to chat more about this / ask questions, I’m here to serve you!