Sunday, April 26, 2015

a winding career path


In a little while I will be on my way to Seneca, South Carolina.  Admittedly, I am geographically challenged when it comes to anything outside of the northeast of the country, but it's about a two hour drive from Atlanta. Don't ask me in what direction...but when tomorrow comes and I'm in the classroom, I'll be happy to be there.  Those of you who teach know what I mean.  This was the Strips and Squares class.
                                         working on the wall
                                       doing a little design feedback
                                                  done!

I feel so lucky to be in this profession.  I've had many careers, all using the same underlying skills. I've been a writer (always) and a teacher/coach/consultant/counselor in a variety of industries and guises. Have loved them all (except for the boss from hell) but what I am doing now is the BEST!  

Started  life as a French teacher and later taught writing skills to executives, scientists, and other corporate types who wrote in long, convoluted sentences of pure gobbledygook. More or less, government speak -- you know the type.  I had a career as a corporate image consultant (though you wouldn't know it to look at me now - LOL) and communication skills coach - great fun!  Among my clients, Citibank, Chase Bank, and the Chicago Tribune. I spent two years a marketing consultant for law firms.  Finally, a decade doing one-on-one outplacement counseling, helping with interview skills, networking, resumes;and giving workshops to people who had been fired/downsized. 

When I discovered 15 years ago that life was too short, I left the outplacement business and worked at my art full time -- never thinking that I'd end up as an author and international teacher, having the most fun ever! It is such joy to help people unleash their creativity!  Just a few happy artists...
Life is an adventure and you never know where the path leads till you get there.  Mine has led to a very special place.

7 comments:

Mystic Quilter said...

Looks like this was a great class - love the work pieces in progress on the design walls.

Lisa Filion said...

Rayna, thanks for sharing a little about yourself. Glad to hear that you find happiness in your latest endeavor

Linda Hicks said...

Rayna...what an extraordinarily energetic soul you are...what initiative...no getting in a rut and staying there. Genes? Mt Holyoke? Parents? YOU! Thanks for sharing. And what pretty colors/ combos on the page! What reward for your discovery.

Lynn K. said...

I know your life has had its ups and downs, but you are one lucky lady!

Natalya Aikens said...

it sure has lead you to a special place! and we are ever so grateful!

Kaja said...

You definitely have the teaching knack - the work you show from your classes is always good. You are lucky to have found your place, and to have embraced the adventures that led you here.

Lori R. said...

Oh, the happy faces on your students are the best! I was once a special ed teacher. Before we bought the quilt shop, when someone asked if I might ever go back I would say "No, because a quilter has never bitten me!"