Jesse Stoddard

Life After High School: Interview with Carly Murdock

Today’s interview with Carly Murdock is part of my ongoing blog-to-book project: Life After High School: Secrets To A Successful Life By Those Who Have Had Twenty Years To Think About It (or) What They Didn’t Teach Us Gen Xers In High School. If you missed the last post, click here, otherwise, you can start at the beginning here.

Carly Murdock

(Formerly Carly Pillman)

La Conner, WA

My Life In High School

Carly Pillman AHS 1996

Who were you in High School and how did you feel about it?

I guess I was quiet girl in high school. I was ok with that since I was pretty quiet and like to be left alone.

What did you think your life would become when you graduated?

I imagined I would go on to college and when I graduated I would get a job in a big office and wear business suits when I turned thirty.

My Life After High School

Carly Murdock and son

What happened in your life to you, for you, and by you in the last twenty years (how have you used your time and who have you become)?

I continued living in Anacortes and began working at my uncle’s chiropractic office right after I graduated and was attending Skagit Valley College.

I got pregnant in 1999 when I was 20 and had my oldest son Kaden in Oct. 1999 when I was 21. I did not go back to college but continued to work at the chiro office.

I got married to Jeff Murdock (Kaden’s dad) in 2002 and had my second son Mason in 2003 right before my 25th birthday. I had my third son Tommy in 2006. In 2009 we bought a house and moved to La Conner. My youngest son Cash was born in 2012.

My life isn’t really all that exciting. I still live in La Conner: Still work at my uncle’s chiropractic office 20 years later. Still married to Jeff. I get suckered into all kinds of volunteering—Youth football secretary, co-op preschool board member, PTA, soccer coach, team mom, etc… Pretty boring…

I did have a short stint as a roller derby girl…seriously:)

My Life Lessons

What were the major life lessons and wisdom that you gained during your journey over the last 20 years?

I would say to not make excuses, and to not worry about what other people think.

Letter To My High School Self

If you could write your 18-year-old self (or however old you were when you graduated) a letter, and send it back in time, what would you say? What lessons, wisdom, encouragement, or warnings would you give yourself?

Finish what you start. Stay true to yourself. Be nicer to your mother!

In the next post, I will continue with more great interviews, like this one with Isaac Gregg.

Are you from Generation X? I want to hear what you think! Please comment below and participate in the conversation about What They Didn’t Teach Us Gen Xers In High School. What do you wish someone told you when you were eighteen?

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