Business as personal

Business is not at all what I thought it would be.

At the University of Maine, I had a sort of significant stereotype about business majors. Business majors had an obsession with making money, I thought. And this belief was further solidified after every annoying sorority girl, who conveniently claimed to be a “business administration major,” would profess that shopping was her main passion.

Cue the eye roll.

And so, I didn’t even consider business as a major. After considering pre-med, law, psychology, and even art, I settled on education. Education was meaningful, but it was also safe; there was an expected salary that went up according to cost of living and experience each year. The work schedule was reasonable to also have a family. It just made sense for me.

Don’t get me wrong. I love teaching English. I’m a true geek – both in that I love English, and also that I love learning. Nothing quite gets me going like a good passage in Shakespeare. (Seriously, that guy was a genius.)

But yeah, it wasn’t until recently that I’ve begun changing my tune – no pun intended – about the business field.

To clarify (and also explain the pun), my husband and I opened a music school about a month ago…that has, even more recently, also become an art gallery. Which is awesome. We both are passionate about creative pursuits, so branching out into other arts is not deviating from the intent. It actually happened organically early on in the process, and this makes us feel very blessed.

Money is definitely a thing. We have to have it in order to function and one day, contribute to our personal income. So, there is thought to how it should be made and then managed. 

However. And there’s a BIG however.


Money is not the purpose. Not by a long shot. Money is just a resource to help us achieve our purpose. So what is our purpose? In short, we want to make people’s lives better. And honestly, I think that anyone in business, (if they’re in it for the right reasons) has the same purpose – one way or another.


Money is not the purpose. Not by a long shot. Money is just a resource to help us achieve our purpose. So what is our purpose? In short, we want to make people’s lives better. And honestly, I think that anyone in business, (if they’re in it for the right reasons) has the same purpose – one way or another.

In conclusion, to all the University of Maine business majors between the years of 2000 and 2004, I’m sorry for judging you. You had something figured out way before I did!

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