I am starting my new job tonight! My career path has been.... somewhat erratic, to say the least... but I always come back to childcare. As a teenager, I had a babysitting empire in my neighborhood, took a break to waitress/bartend for a few years but ended up babysitting again for Michael, the L's, and the H's (see below). Even while I was teaching, I babysat and tutored after school and in the summer. I just love it. I just love connecting with families and spending time with all different kids, and learning about them and figuring out how they tick. And I'm damn good at it... it's the only job I've ever loved every aspect of, and not coincidentally it's the only job I've ever been really commended for how I do it. Actually that's not true-- when I was teaching all the parents and kids loved me, it was just the administrators who didn't. So I think I just really need to be self-employed.