To hear your grandparents talk about it, if you haven’t found your true vocation by the time you’re 25, it’s time to throw in the towel and accept the dreams of your ideal life have escaped you like so many untethered balloons. But this is a different time. Thirty-five is the new 25, and the average person now changes careers at least three times in their working lifespan. In fact, there’s such a myriad of choices out there that picking the right path can be just as daunting as not finding any at all. To top it off, these days there are distractions everywhere. Facebook ads for furthering your education, pop-ups pushing every type of side hustle from Uber to Avon, and let’s not forget all the unsolicited advice from friends and family about your potential and what they think you should be doing.
With all the noise and glittery promises out there, it can be hard to know if you’re doing the right thing with your life. You know your work brings you satisfaction, but does that ensure you’re not going to wake up 20 years from now in a puddle of your own tears, wondering where all the wasted years went? Or should you click on that “Work from Anywhere!” link and throw it all in to be a beachfront copywriter? While having the courage to change your career in drastic ways is fabulously brave, it can be just as life-changing to realize, once and for all, that you’re actually on the right path, right now. To help you in your quest, here are 20 signs that in this crazy, manic world of infinite possibilities, you’re a wonderful, working mama that’s found her calling.