For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed helping people and working with genuinely happy people. When I finished high school, I decided to study a Bachelor of Business, specialising in Human Resources. Working in the world of HR, I wanted to work with people in order to make a difference. After all, HR has the word human in the title, right?
Over the years I had dabbled in the idea of becoming a marriage celebrant, and many friends had part-jokingly-part-seriously suggested that I become one for their wedding. The timing however was never quite right. During that time, I worked in various HR roles; corporate learning and development, business partnering, training, organisational development and most recently, operationalising strategy and data analytics.
Whilst on parental leave (I have two beautiful boys), I spent some time thinking about what it was in each of these roles that I truly enjoy. It was the adrenalin of public speaking in the training roles, it was the helping of others in the learning roles, it was the celebration of achieving goals in the OD roles, and it was the utilisation of my organisational skills in the operationalisation roles.
With this in mind, I started to think about what jobs exist where those who you are serving are truly happy. I would love to know if you can come up with any further, but my thoughts were Uber Eats delivery driver, beautician in a day spa, sommelier in a winery, tour operator and marriage celebrant. The idea of becoming a marriage celebrant was popping into my mind once again, and as I reflected on my passions in my previous roles, the fit was uncanny.
With that, and with my three-month-old baby asleep in my arms, I registered for a Certificate IV in Celebrancy. As I worked through the materials, it became even more clear than ever; I love this. I love weddings, I love love, I love public speaking, I love making people happy, I love organising, I love sharing tools that I’ve created, I love writing, and I love that I can make a difference. So here I am, a registered marriage celebrant, and I am immensely happy doing it. I am still employed in the HR field (part-time), but my goodness, I am absolutely delighted to have found a role where I can make others truly happy, and put my skills to good use.