The Life of a Super Commuter: Finding Your Passion is Possible, but May Not be Easy

I have (and continue to have) some pretty major career goals. It shocked people when I accepted a position nearly 3 hours from my house, but it was a party of the path I had set for myself.

If you don't know, I have a PhD in Global Leadership and Academic Administration. My passions are helping to support first-generation and low-income students and primarily to ensure that organizations are culturally competent to ensure that employees and students are equipped to deal with a global marketplace. When I was offered the opportunity to work part time and help with a new diversity initiative at a university, I jumped at the offer. When I tell people about the drive, they're shocked. Frankly, working on something this cool, that sparks my passion, makes up to 6 hours in the car a few times a week worth it.

Finding your passion and achieving your goals are entirely possible, but they may not look the way they think they will. That's ok and might be preferable. I kind of saw myself in some office position at a university with little to no interaction with curriculum, one where I wouldn't see the fruits of my labor--but that's not what's happening. I was worried that I wouldn't get to spend enough time with my kid, but nothing could be farther from the truth. For me, being flexible and taking on the role of a part time super commuter has allowed me to pursue my other passions, like writing, traveling, and spending at least one day a work week giving my little one my undivided attention.

So, what do I do to make the drive seem shorter?

  • I've become a podcast junkie! My regular favorites are: 2 Dope Queens, My Favorite Murder, Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd, Unqualified, and Hollywood and Crime.
  • I catch up on phone calls. Honestly, we spend too much time texting and emailing these days that I try to dedicate some of my driving time to catching up with a person or two during the week. This is a great use of my time and a way to invest in relationships that are important to me.
  • I may sing along to Broadway Musical scores, inserting myself as a main character...If you must know, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Singing in the Rain are my current rotation.
  • I enjoy the peace and quiet! I'm a mom to a loud and energetic three year old. Sometimes, I quietly drive to work in the morning and enjoy the alone time with my own thoughts!

Are you a super commuter too? How do you spend your time?