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I finally wedged my bike into my car and took it to the shop to get the chain ring fixed.


I crashed in November and destroyed the chain ring… I’m excited to get Pink fixed so I can ride outside again.  🙂


Afterwards, I headed to the gym.  I did 37 minutes on the stationary bicycle while reading a draft of Jenna’s memoir/cookbook.  It’s good! I can’t wait to buy it.


For a while, I wanted to be a book editor.  I was convinced that I couldn’t write well enough to make it into a career, but I really liked writing and books, so I thought editing would be a good fit.  I landed an interview for a Penguin publishing internship; however, I didn’t think I could afford to live in New York City for the summer so I never even went to the interview.


Other career choices I flirted with:


  • Sexual Assault Counselor
  • Marketing or Public Relations
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Lottery winner
  • Physical Therapist


When I graduated college, I began a position as an Urban Planner/Technical Writer and worked there for about 3.5 years.  If you told me that I’d be a semi-professional blogger, freelance writer, and author a few years ago, I would have laughed in your face!


Funny how life works out.


Anyway, while I did my workout on the bike, I looked longingly at the treadmills:


I am happy to report that my foot is feel a LOT better.  Actually, after biking, my feet felt great, like the movement and increased blood flow was good for it.  Keep your fingers crossed that this is not a serious injury! 🙂




I made an amazing grilled vegetable bagel sandwich.  I covered slices of eggplant and squash in low-sodium soy sauce and then grilled on a George Foreman for a few minutes.


With melted cheese + mustard:


And a copious amount of grapes:


What career paths have you considered and where did you end up?  Do you like your current field or do you want to make a change?



  • Estela @ Weekly Bite January 14, 2010, 1:24 pm

    I would love to be a decorator/architect… or maybe a photographer?

  • brandi January 14, 2010, 1:25 pm

    oh, I’ve had so many ideas over the years.
    marine biologist
    forensic investigator
    interior designer

    I don’t like my current field at all – I’m not using my education and am constantly looking for a position that would combine my passions + degrees.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet January 14, 2010, 1:26 pm

    I like ‘lottery winner.’ 🙂 Currently hoping to change careers (with you being some inspiration) and have blogged about it and hope it works out. It’s tough.

    But we can’t just sit back and be miserable.

  • megan January 14, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I considered a few different things, but ended up in computer programming. it’s fine, but definitely not my passion. I’d love to teach or work with kids. but i also love cooking/baking. one dream is to own my own cookie baking company someday. stay at home mom also ha a nice ring to it 🙂

  • Dotsie January 14, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I flirted with becoming a vet, a lawyer, an orthopedic surgeon…I do not like the job I have now, but I’m in a masters program for healthcare administration, so I hope to switch over to that once I graduate. My ideal job would be to work at a university health center as their “top” person in charge–and do teaching college kids on the side, whether it’s falls under the university’s healthcare tracks or even the business tracks, since technically this degree is “business.”

    I cannot WAIT to get out of my current situation!!!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 14, 2010, 1:29 pm

    hahaha “lottery winner”!

    I’m still deciding … but my ultimate goal would be either a travel writer or Travel Channel host. I want to eat my way around the world and tell people about it. 🙂

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run January 14, 2010, 1:29 pm

    I work in Information Technology, and it’s what I always wanted to do. I grew up with my dad loving computers and technology, so I just kind of always knew that is what I would do because I enjoyed it too. And I can even admit that I am pretty darn good at my job 🙂

    But…I don’t really like it anymore and I am considering a career change. The only problem is that I don’t know what I want to do. I want to feel like I am actually making a difference in people’s lives and well-being, and right now I don’t have that feeling at all.

    I am trying to keep an open mind and start research careers before making any decisions. You are the perfect example that things can change, and you give me hope!

  • Shelly January 14, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I majored in Chemistry in college but almost majored in English. I couldn’t find a job as a Chemist so I went back and got my Master’s in Chemical Engineering. I was considering going the PhD track and becoming a professor but decided that it wasn’t for me.
    Now I’m a Chemical Engineer and as a part of my job, I do a ton of technical writing which I love. When I graduated, I wanted to become a technical writer and luckily I fell into a job that let’s me do that. I also considered teaching at either the high school or the junior college level.
    I love my job, but my ideal job would either be as a novelist or a travel writer. 🙂

  • Ashley @ Good Taste. Healthy Me January 14, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I ended up doing business. I really wish I had ended up in the nutrition field…Being a registered dietian would be my dream job! Instead I’m in Product Development…not my dream job haha. C’est La Vie!

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers January 14, 2010, 1:30 pm

    Throughout my life I’ve wanted to be:
    1. Dolphin trainer
    2. Weather girl
    3. High school English teacher
    4. Public Relations professional
    5. Personal trainer
    6. Dietitian
    7. Writer

    I think the last one will stick… as long as I can write about health and fitness! 😀

  • Karla January 14, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I’m always curious as to what people’s career paths are because honestly I have no idea what to do… right now I’m on the path to being a city planner, but I’m not sure I really want to do that. I would love to own a bakery but that’s not really realistic I guess… oh well i guess I’ll figure it out!

  • K January 14, 2010, 1:30 pm

    Still working on the ‘end up’ job but have so far abandoned being a veterinarian, and marine biologist. Right now I am trying to hack it as a professional dancer while contemplating nutrition.

  • Taysa January 14, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I would love to be a novelist, but I’ve settled working in publishing for the time being…until I do get published, that is. 🙂

    I’ve also considered being an editor, working at a magazine…in my ‘low moments’ (as in, I’ve lost faith in myself as a writer or lost faith in my future in publishing) I’ve considered going back to school for something entirely different, like nursing or architecture. Right now I’m actually considering law school, but for entirely different (and good!) reasons.

    I actually did do a publishing internship in NYC right after college and had to live in hostels for three months. You can only stay in one hostel for up to two weeks, so I’d have to pack up and cart my suitcase around the city to a new place fairly often. I was also eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches for every meal, because it was the only food I could think of that didn’t need to be cooked and would survive in my suitcase. It was rough!

    • Caitlin January 14, 2010, 1:33 pm

      that is loco!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) January 14, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I’m still trying to become a lottery winner 😉

    Your sandwich looks AMAZING — bagel looks especially good, too! what kind is it?

    • Caitlin January 14, 2010, 1:33 pm

      i think its arnold bread 100% whole wheat. nom nom nom.

  • The Hot and Fit January 14, 2010, 1:33 pm

    I have no specific idea – but probably PR/Marketing for middle – sized companies. I am good when it comes to talking

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story January 14, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Right now I’m a maintenance coordinator for a vacation rental company and I coordinate all of the maintenance on over 400 beach rental homes. It’s unglorius and awful.

    However, I enjoy this type of work, so I could totally see me going to the house flipping business if I had the start up capital. I think it would be fun, lucrative (if the market ever turns around) and productive! 🙂

  • Casey @Spicy&Sweet January 14, 2010, 1:34 pm

    Yum!! Your lunch looks delicious! Melted cheese makes anything better.

    My main goal as of now is to be a writer. Perhaps romance novelist, actually :). I’m an editor now, so that’s not too far off…

    I used to want to be a soap opera star. That’s it. It was my DREAM. It kind of just went away though as I got older, and I realized writing is my true passion. Still though…I wouldn’t turn down Days of Our Lives if they called ;).

  • Megan January 14, 2010, 1:34 pm

    I always thougth I wanted to be on Dateline (like Stone Phillips) or at least be a writer for a newsmagazine show. I also wanted to be a lawyer, a physical therapist, and a doctor. After 1.5 years as a mgmt consultant, and almost a year working for a sports team, I think I’m heading to law school! Or maybe i’ll just try to replace Stone…

  • Olivia January 14, 2010, 1:36 pm

    I never really had a ‘dream job’ growing up. I knew I wanted to feel really satisfied with what whatever I decided to do and not have it be just about a paycheck. I love to write and decided to get involved with the newspaper at both of my undergrad schools. I started as a reporter, moved up to an investigative reporter, and landed Executive Editor my senior year. I LOVED it. The rush of the deadline, interviewing, chasing a story, and the long, long hours in the news office with people who care as much about the paper as you do. It was amazing. Spring of my senior year I realized I was either going to have to move into PR (not really something I wanted to do), or take a job at a local paper making less than $8/hour. And even though I wasn’t sure because of the economy (and declining newspaper sales). I decided on law school and only have two more semesters before I graduate. Do I want to try cases? Honestly, not really. I have no idea what I’ll do with my J.D., but know that something more than a bachelor degree is absolutely needed nowadays. Who knows where it will take me!

    • Olivia January 14, 2010, 1:37 pm

      And even then** (not though)

  • Laura @ FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ POUND weight loss! January 14, 2010, 1:38 pm

    I had always wanted to be a Teacher all growing up, however I had a hard time working full time and going to college full time and got a big derailed and then I had my daughter at age 23…..that is when I realized that even though I loved school and EVERYTHING about it (from studying, to planning, etc.) I did not have the “patience” for children unfortunately and that is very important in that career of course!

    So I landed a job with a Commercial Real Estate company while pregnant and I have been in the field every since……about to hit 10 years this October! =O Luckily, I love my job!!!

  • alli January 14, 2010, 1:39 pm

    that lunch looks great!
    i do enjoy my current job as an executive assistant for an agriculture company. however, i’ve always looked forward to being a stay at home mom. who knows when that will happen. but that’s been my dream job ever since i can remember! i’ve always wanted to do something great with my life. i think that’s how i will 🙂

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) January 14, 2010, 1:40 pm

    When I was six or seven, I told everyone I wanted to be a gorilla. This was because people kept telling me, “You can’t be a gorilla when you grow up!” and I was like “I’LL SHOW THEM!!!!!”

    Sadly, I am not a gorilla today.

    In real life, I would love to write full time–I’d love to freelance, but I just don’t know how to break into it, and the thought of not having a steady income terrifies me.

    • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope January 16, 2010, 12:32 am

      ahahhah. I told everyone I wanted to be an ice cream trucker driver and I was so dead serious.

  • Carolyn January 14, 2010, 1:40 pm

    I wanted to be an archaeologist, forensic anthropolgist (before it was cool), and a teacher. Somehow I ended up as an instructional designer. I wish I knew what my dream job was.

  • Matt January 14, 2010, 1:42 pm

    Glad your foot is feeling better. I know that I had some serious aches and pains after running my first marathon; I think it is normally to come out with a few battle wounds.

  • rachael January 14, 2010, 1:42 pm

    My job requires too much sitting indoors on a structured schedule,but it could be worse, and I like the field I’m in (natural health). If I could make as much money teaching yoga in my very rural area that would be ideal but I am more likely to be a lottery winner which wouldn’t be too bad either 😉

  • Dawn (HealthySDLiving) January 14, 2010, 1:42 pm

    I always knew that I wanted to study Psychology and do something in that field, I just never knew what exactly until my mom passed away. My dream job (and hopefully a reality someday) is to be a bereavement counselor which many people find strange, sad and depressing. But I took my moms death very hard and would love to be able to help others going through any type of loss.

    • Caitlin January 14, 2010, 1:45 pm

      I think that is a really nice way to honor your mom.

  • Evan Thomas January 14, 2010, 1:42 pm

    Right now I’m majoring in the Classics and have no clue where that will take me in life! Thankfully, I think that things happen for a reason and fall into place so I’m sure what’s meant to be will be.
    I can not wait for Jenna’s recipes!

  • Miriam January 14, 2010, 1:43 pm

    I am right now in the making of a career change. After college I went in another direction than what I’ve graduated in but this has not went as well as I though it would have. So now, I am to get back and work in the field I’ve actually graduated in. I’ve already started (I am now working 2 jobs :S). I think that you need to try out different fields in order to learn about you professionally and find the path you feel and you are best in, it is healthy to do so.

  • Katie January 14, 2010, 1:43 pm

    ^HAHA LOVE Brie’s story! I’ve considered about every path one could imagine from working in finance, doctor, pharmacist, researcher, science teacher, public health worker.. I have too many interests. I’m in graduate school now and really don’t like it but I will be done in a few months. From here, I am open to lots of jobs, whatever the job markets will allow!

  • Loretta @ RunRettaRun January 14, 2010, 1:44 pm

    I’m glad you got some activity in! I always knew, in my heart, that I wanted to be a grade school teacher. However, I was talked out of it and somehow ended up in Human Resources. Not my passion but one day I will finish my education degree.

  • Sonja @ ActiveFoodie January 14, 2010, 1:46 pm

    I love this topic, I daydream about it every day!! I don’t exactly know what my dream job is yet, but here are the requirements:
    1.) be my own boss/work from home
    2.) it would have to be creative, I would love to be a photogrpher or a designer
    3.) I LOVE food, have thought about catering or being a personal chef
    4.) I love health related jobs

    I have thought about looking into food photography, catering, PR, marketing. Who knows!? 🙂 Right now being am attorney will have to suffice until I can relieve myself front the debt burden of these loans!!!

    • Sonja @ ActiveFoodie January 14, 2010, 1:51 pm

      Ooops! Sooooo embarrassed about the typos on the previous post! Typing on this iPhone is not easy! 😉

  • Jess January 14, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I have my masters in molecular biology and am currently getting my PhD. I also work part time as a professional dancer, dance teacher, and Pilates teacher: so that’s sort of a few tiny dreams I get to pursue!

    I have also thought about being:
    1. Financial Planner
    2. Physical Therapist
    3. Dentist
    4. Pastry chef
    5. Personal trainer
    6. Nutritionist
    7. CEO of a company

  • jewel @ fit-and-fabulous-jewel January 14, 2010, 1:47 pm

    Oh that sammy looks great! Considering I just got an acorn squash and an eggplant in my weekly CSA organic box on Monday I need to be making that!

    Careers? I went to FSU for accounting and became a CPA but when I had kids I wanted to be home with them…so I left that and became a self-employed medical transcriptionist! That is still what pays the bills, but I also blog and have a website, and have dabbled in restoration real estate (read fixer-uppers!)

    I have wanted to go back to school to be a pharmacist, lawyer, doctor of herbal medicine, and holistic health counselor! Trying to do it while supporting a household and raising kids made me give up on each of them.

    But at 45…kids growing up..I don’t think I am done….I still think my career path has some twists and turns yet to come!

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans January 14, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I am slowly working my way to my dream job which is to work in the outdoor/running/biking gear and apparel world at the corporate level. I’m currently managing a store for one of my very favorite cycling/running companies, so I am on my way!

  • Morgan January 14, 2010, 1:48 pm

    When I was younger I really wanted to be a marine biologist, but slowly realized it wasn’t for me, b/c a lot of fish really gross me out. I went to law school, and though it’s a fantastic education to have, I have no interest in being a lawyer. I would eventually like to get into mediation, but unfortunately where I live there is no market for it. I would eventually like to own a cooking school for kids that does parties, and will eventually branch into lessons for adults, fun nights out, bachelorette parties, etc.

  • Lauren@ Reading and Running January 14, 2010, 1:49 pm

    My dream dream job- a wife and mother.
    My dream job job- administration for a nonprofit org.

    I want to feel like I’m helping people not just pushing paper.

  • Christie @ Honoring Health January 14, 2010, 1:50 pm

    I would like to be a writer and artist. I also want to teach yoga but that isn’t really where I want my career to take me. Right now, I am in a job that I don’t really like very much but I am hanging tough and will do whatever it takes to get out.

  • Christina January 14, 2010, 1:50 pm

    Well I really wanted to be a figure skating, which I was lucky enough to do until 2nd year of university but I had to stop due to injury. Realisticaly I seriously thought about being a lawyer so I went to school for business and continued to love law classes but decided to work in marketing and here I am! I’ve nixed the law school idea and pretty much enjoy working in marketing.

    I work for a great company (in publishing) but I would love to work in sports (marketing). I actually had to turn down my dream job of working for the 2010 Olympic organizing committee. It just wasn’t feasible to leave my job and move across the country for a job that ends with the games. I really wish I could have done it but I’m optimistic about future opportunities! For now I also work for a sports/entertainment company part-time to keep making contacts etc.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) January 14, 2010, 1:52 pm

    I always knew I wanted to be in media, I just wasn’t sure what. When I first started in college, I thought I wanted to be behind the scenes of a big network. Then in my second year, I started playing in front of the camera – I became a reporter and anchor for my university’s News Channel (which aired on public cable!) and for our university’s Newspaper. It was a LOT of fun, but all the sudden, I had realized how hardened I had become. I’m a kind, passionate person. Not one who gets excited (to snag the story) when they hear about a fire or another tragic even. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this until my last semester, so it was too late to change majors.
    Now I work at the headquarters of a big insurance company as a project planner. I also became an ACE certified personal trainer in December, and am currently persuing that. Ultimately, I’d love, love, love to own my own wellness center, and also be a health/fitness writer.
    Phew! Sorry for the word vomit of my professional life! haha

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner January 14, 2010, 2:00 pm

    Lottery winner was on my list too! I have my masters in math but now I am stuck working in real estate investment….My ideal job is probably either writing or someday I would love to own a coffee shop 🙂

  • Samantha January 14, 2010, 2:07 pm

    When I was younger I wanted to be a politician, a lawyer, a mom…yak, yak, yak! After discovering all these blogs, and starting my fitness/healthy living journey, I want to be a nutritionist and a trainer. No colleges offer a nutrition program near me, but I am hoping to find some online certification programs.

  • Paige January 14, 2010, 2:07 pm

    I know what you mean about looking longingly at the treadmills. I have achilles tendonitis, and I probably won’t be able to run for up to 3-4 weeks. Currently, I am riding the stationary bike at the gym, and swimming laps on alternate days. I think I will throw in some weight training too!

  • Amy January 14, 2010, 2:08 pm

    When I was 5 I wanted to be a bank robber. My parents were so proud. I thought about being a vet and a school teacher. I wound up being a fisheries biologist. I loved that job. Then I got married to an Air Force man. Due to many moves a steady job is hard to come by. I did environmental education for 4-H camps, museums, and wildlife reserves. It was fantastic! I’m currently working at a youth center and it’s ok, but I want to work the environment back into my career again.

  • Vicki January 14, 2010, 2:09 pm

    I’m a stay at home mom who has gone back to school, which is exactly what I would choose to be doing if I could do anything. I love being home with my kids but I also love that I have some time to focus on my education. I’m not sure if I’ll work when I’m done with my degree. I used to think I definitely would, but my kids seem to need me even more as they get older.

    My life-long dream has been to be a novelist. If I could just somehow manage to grow some talent and find the time to do it, I would definitely get busy on that. 😉

  • Guen January 14, 2010, 2:09 pm

    When I was in elementary school I was convinced I was going to work at Sea World and train dolphins and killer whales. I even went to the library and did my own little research paper on orcas when I was in 4th grade. Then I wanted to be a teacher. I started college wanting to be a physician assistant specializing in orthopedics or ER. A year later I completely switched majors and I have become an environmental scientist/wetland specialist. I also volunteer as an EMT, so I still get to do medicine in a way.

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope January 14, 2010, 2:10 pm

    I’m a Critical Care RN and I love it. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t dread going into work somedays, and would rather sit at home reading blogs, playing with my cat, or going to the movies. you know? Sometimes I think I would love to just live on a farm and nice, hard labor. Other days I want to go to culinary school or be a yoga instructor. But when it comes down to it, I wonder if I would ever be truly happy with doing anything. I’m sure I would find something wrong with all of those choices because when it comes down to it…they are all jobs. And no one wants to work, damnit.

  • katie January 14, 2010, 2:16 pm

    girl are you still moving to columbia? I live right beside there. we SERIOUSLY need a whole foods asap! im dying for one! we do have an earth fare tho, which i love, but whole foods is so much bigger!

    • Caitlin January 14, 2010, 2:21 pm

      we are moving to Charlotte 😉 can’t wait.

      • Jessica January 14, 2010, 2:55 pm

        I have never been to the earth fare…I am dying to go.

  • Lizzie January 14, 2010, 2:17 pm

    I’m still in college, so I’m still working on the dream career thing. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I’m pretty sure that I don’t have what it takes. I’m not very good at dreaming big, which I’ve been trying to work on. Right now, the plan is to go to law school after I graduate from college. Both of my parents are lawyers, so it’s a pretty easy choice for me, but I constantly wonder if it’s going to make me happy.
    I think that you’re really inspiring, Caitlin. Reading your blog and seeing how you’ve not only taken control of your life, but are also going after your dreams makes me want to plan bigger things for myself.

    • Caitlin January 14, 2010, 2:22 pm

      you deserve all sorts of big things!

  • Lindsay January 14, 2010, 2:20 pm

    i’d love to be an event planner (weddings, parties, etc.) my family tells me to go for it but its scary!

  • chandra h January 14, 2010, 2:21 pm

    so cool you get a preview of jenna’s book! 😉

    as for the blogging pants, I nominaaate… hmmm…. amy of coffee talk. she’ll design something so beautiful onto them! hehe

    I’m still in my first year of college and still figuring out what I’d like to do as a career. right now I work part time at a toy shop 😉
    what has gone through my mind:
    journalist, actress, photographer, PR work, advertising, psychologist, web designer, graphic designer, author…
    it’s so true, you never know what might unfold!

  • katherine January 14, 2010, 2:23 pm

    My dream jobs have been all over the place. I started college as a Bio major and then graduated with a writing degree. Got my masters in writing and expected to do science writing, but ended up editing textbooks! Then wrote user manuals for a software company and now I work for a law firm. Of course, I’m always looking for the next dream to fulfill so I’m also taking classes to pursue a new interest too!

  • Jayne January 14, 2010, 2:24 pm

    The one real “dream” I’ve always had was to be a SAHM. I was raised with one and couldn’t imagine not being one as well. I tried to go to dietetics school but hated it, so I’m in school right now getting my associates degree and am doing medical transcription on the side. I plan to continue doing medical transcription (family business now!) and keep it as a full-time career, allowing me an income, flexible hours, and the ability to stay home with my kids (when the time comes!)

    I feel like I made the right decision. My “career” may not be the most fulfilling, but the life I’ve chosen, I believe, will be.

  • Tamara January 14, 2010, 2:25 pm

    My progression through college: first I was supposed to be a doctor. Then I downgraded to researcher (biology, neuroscience, or chemistry). After my senior-OMG-I’m-being-thrown-into-the-real-world moment, I realized I hate labs and explored allied health professions. Cytotechnology was #1 on the list until I discovered that there are such things as “medical librarians.” I’m working as a reference assistant now and will enroll in library school this summer; I think it’s a good choice and don’t intend to stray from this career path until retirement. I mean, I love blogging, but I don’t want to make a career out of it. Then I would hate it.

  • RhodeyGirl January 14, 2010, 2:26 pm

    I had always wanted to be an attorney but instead decided to marry one. HA!

  • Julie January 14, 2010, 2:26 pm

    My dream job is a stay at home mom or trophy wife, in case having kids doesn’t happen.
    I really never had a dream job growing up and majored in psychology without really knowing what I wanted to do with it. I majored in it because I love it and am so interested in learning how people tick, but I was at a loss for a career. I had to leave college due to money issues (not having any) so my aunt got me a job with the state. I like it, but it’s not where I see myself the reast of my life. I’d love to move to a new state and start over fresh, make a new life…

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) January 14, 2010, 2:26 pm

    My “dream” job has always been to be some type of performer. Actress, dancer, singer… you name it, I wanted to do it. Cliche, I know, but I’d done acting, dancing and singing since a young age and I adored it, still do. I got older and realized that my dream probably wasn’t likely to become a reality, even though I got a lot of encouragement. My English teacher even asked me if I’d considered acting as a career. It was not to be though (at least not yet! ha!).

    Going into university I wanted to be a Child Psychologists. I’d always wanted to work with children. Then I found my courses too hard and switched into marketing. Did well at school, got a job at a PR firm and HATED IT. It was SO not me.

    A year later I am now pursuing a Masters of Science to become an RD. Definitely 180, but this is something I know I can put my heart into, and love.

  • M January 14, 2010, 2:27 pm

    I’m a lawyer and effing hate it. I would rather do anything else at this point.

    • M January 14, 2010, 2:35 pm

      Honestly the recent life changes of my favorite bloggers like you and Jenna and Angela are really making me see that if I want to be happy, the change is up to me. So inspiring, all the book writing and career changes and moves. I WILL follow my dreams!

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self January 14, 2010, 2:27 pm

    My DREAM is to be a freelance writer, specifically for magazines. As difficult as it is to break into the writing field, it’s where my passion lies, so I’m determined not to give up! In the meantime, I’m finishing up my master’s degree in Women’s Studies and have just started my own healthy living blog!

  • Marina January 14, 2010, 2:32 pm

    oh, eggplant and squash,divine combination.
    My dream is to be a veterinarian, and have my own practice. let’s hope I’ll have that in a few years..

  • caronae January 14, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I love your bikes name! I just named my Garmin Apricot! 🙂

  • MegaNerd January 14, 2010, 2:47 pm

    I’d be down for winning the lotto.

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 14, 2010, 2:48 pm

    I went from wanting to be a trauma surgeon, to a dermatologist, to a french teacher, to a chiropractor, to a clinical psychologist….I am now a school psychologist (intern) FYI- an SPSY is NOT a guidance counselor. GC’s are awesome, but that’s a totally different career field.

  • MelissaNibbles January 14, 2010, 2:49 pm

    That sandwich looks amazing. I’m making it for dinner sometime soon.
    I considered being a model, but nobody else considered me for it.

  • Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run January 14, 2010, 2:51 pm

    I’ve considered it all! Started in journalism, moved to government communications and now I’m a communications specialist at a healthcare company. All over the map. At one point I toyed with being a dental hygenist and a teacher! Phew.

  • Leah @ L4L January 14, 2010, 2:52 pm

    When I was little, I wanted to be a farmer’s wife. hehe…

    I went to college and got a degree in Biology with little idea what I wanted to do with it. I thought about maybe going to be an RN or physical therapist or even a biology teacher.

    Alas, I ended up in sales. And now I’m an admin assistant. I have big dreams of taking over my dad’s business one day though… one day. In the meantime, I’m ok with just floating along.

  • Jacquie January 14, 2010, 2:54 pm

    I wanted to be a marine biologist for the longest time, but moved to a pediatric physical therapist when I started college before moving onto culinary school and now getting my degree in public relations. Who knows where I’ll end up though now with blogging, writing, and my independent study on food, fashion and healthy body image intersection!

  • Claire January 14, 2010, 2:55 pm

    I’m 33 and still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.hehe…I have a job,but am currently looking for another one.
    Don’t you just LOVE your George Foreman.I use mine at least once a day:-) cc

  • Jenna January 14, 2010, 2:55 pm

    Eggplant and squash with cheese and mustard Sammie look so good!

  • Jessica January 14, 2010, 2:57 pm

    Cat, Girl.
    Butternut Squash, slice it in half skin on, put in on the GF!! TO DIE FOR….

    I am totally thinking sweet pot and black beans for dinner..nom nom nom….

    you can eat tofu raw? really?? hmmmm

  • Laura Georgina January 14, 2010, 2:58 pm

    I’ve wanted to be everything under the sun at some point–fashion designer, architect, writer, engineer, diplomat, journalist, art historian, chef, English prof… I came close to the last one but realized it wasn’t for me, and I’ve stumbled into university admin work of various kinds (including some I liked), but I am pretty fed up with my job and looking forward to some changes soon. Dream job: write and possibly make salad and sandwich combos to sell (hopefully delivered by bike) to fresh-food-loving folks!

  • Jessica January 14, 2010, 2:58 pm

    you also have me thinking I get my masters in MAY!!! in conflict mangement….I would not mind being a Sexual Assult Counselor…

    I might have to look into that..

  • Alice January 14, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I do work in publishing in New York, and I hate it. I am going back to school part-time right now to try for some pre-recs to use towards a healthcare career like nursing, but who knows I am definitely waffling on that now.

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full January 14, 2010, 3:03 pm

    Love that included “lottery winner” in your list of potential jobs. Made me chuckle 🙂 I enjoy my current field (non-profit/fundraising), but am not happy at my current job. Someday I would love to work for a non-profit that helps kids fight obesity. Some day!

  • Joanne January 14, 2010, 3:03 pm

    I like the lottery winner idea. 🙂
    I’m just where I want to be in life. Although reading all your blogs (yours and others), it would be so nice to venture into many, MANY other things.
    Just be happy with your choice because facing your responsibilities over 8 hours a day really would be a complete bummer if you didn’t find it rewarding.

  • Jessica January 14, 2010, 3:07 pm

    I started college wanting to be a special education teacher but switched my major to Political Science before classes even started. I wanted to be a lobbyist for awhile and then decided on attorney and now I am an attorney and practice family law. I am happy as an attorney but I would take lottery winner any day!

  • Carrie @ I See Monsters January 14, 2010, 3:13 pm

    Lottery winner! Hahaha! I’m still working on that particular goal myself. 😉

    I used to want to be a TV writer, until I got to L.A. and decided it was far too cutthroat for my personality. Now I dream of winning the lottery so I can afford to go back to school and become an RD. Meanwhile, I toil away in my cubicle!

  • Carly January 14, 2010, 3:17 pm

    I’ve *always* wanted to be a writer … and I am! The ultimate goal is to be a published author. I don’t need to make a ton of money, just enough to live off of … I’m getting there!

  • Lindsey January 14, 2010, 3:20 pm

    When I ran the San Fran marathon back in July, I had really bad foot pain and thought I had a stress fracture. When I went to the doctor, he said there was no sign of a stress fracture and that I had just sprained the bone of my foot. I wonder if your case is similar. If it is, you should be back to almost zero pain in about a week. It took two weeks of staying off of it for the pain to subside completely!

    Lottery winner is definitely on my career list! 😉

  • Amber K January 14, 2010, 3:32 pm

    Oh my goodness so many things. Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher, psychologist or a doctor.

    But, right now I work in the child care at my church.

    My husband and I are trying hard to have a child and then I’d love to be a stay at home mom!

  • KatieTX January 14, 2010, 3:32 pm

    I am getting my Masters for my dream job to do environmental work with my undergrad and graduate meteorology degrees. I just think weather/pollution is fascinating. I used to want to be on TV, then I realized news stations are really sexist and not that fun after I had an internship. So now I focus on saving the planet! I also teach cycle/yoga/pilates/all things fitness. It is my fun on the side job I do 5 times a week. Having your hobby as a part time job is fun!

  • Victoria January 14, 2010, 3:32 pm

    I’ve been through a million career ideas. Throughout undergrad I think in order, they went: art teacher, english teacher, speech writer, policy analyst, lawyer, and now, five years later, I’m in nursing school and I love it.

  • Ashley January 14, 2010, 3:37 pm

    I have an architecture masters + bachelors degree and have NO clue what I want to do. I am also currently unemployed. I have been extremely interested in all aspects of food, since doing my thesis on Food + Architecture a few years ago. I love both fields, but just not sure what type of job is the right fit for me. Just feeling pretty lost right now!! I had a granola bar business, ota.bars, while living this Charlotte, NC this past summer. It was going really well and I couldn’t even really keep up. I had to put it on hold when the hubs + I moved to Colorado. I would love to start that up again but it’s a little trickier in CO. Laws are different everywhere with small businesses! Being unemployed has really let me had fun with my blog and expand my experience with food photography. I guess I’ll figure it out! =)

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) January 14, 2010, 3:39 pm

    i always knew i wanted to be in healthcare…I just thought I would be a peditrician. Ends up I love having the stability of a 9-5 job working at a pharmacy as a pharmacist provides.

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 14, 2010, 3:44 pm

    i used to want to be a physical therapist, magazine editor, hotel sales coordinator (?), personal trainer (which i did), and now all i want to do is write/edit again! i think i went full-circle, eh? 🙂

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness January 14, 2010, 3:50 pm

    I always wanted a job in a communication field, but never thought I’d get to plan CONCERTS for a living! I feel very fortunate that I love my job and look forward to going to work each day 😀

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat January 14, 2010, 3:53 pm

    I definitely need a new field!

    I’m still in my “holy crap I graduated from college now I need a job” job. Someday…

  • Laura @ Run Eat Date January 14, 2010, 3:59 pm

    So glad to hear that your foot feels better! I think I’m older than you and a lot of your fans…but I’m here to tell you it is never too late to follow your dream. After working for 16 years in higher education administration (residence life, first year success programming), I cashed it all in and went to law school full time. I’ve just finished my second year of practicing law and LOVE it. It can be hard to be a “newbie” when you are 43, and law school loans aren’t any fun, but I wouldn’t change a thing!

    • Caitlin January 14, 2010, 4:22 pm

      I love this comment.

    • emily January 14, 2010, 6:01 pm

      This makes me feel better.

  • Maura January 14, 2010, 4:02 pm

    From the time I was young I wanted to be a doctor. Then in college I had a minor freak out and decided I wanted to do drug development instead (thank goodness Boston is a mecca of Biotech) so I spent 3 years as a pharma company intern. Then I graduated from college, got a job in a hospital, and now I’m back dreaming of having my M.D….MCAT is in March. Wish me luck! 😀

  • Mama Pea January 14, 2010, 4:04 pm

    My career path has kind of come full circle. I went to college just wanting to meet a man, get married and be a mom (I’m so embarrassed to admit that). Well that didn’t happen as soon as I liked, so my backup plan was to be a journalist, preferably broadcasting. I studied communications in college, and then after taking a poli sci class, the girl who just wanted her M-R-S decided to get a law degree to help be a voice for women and minority rights! Go figure. I practiced law at a private firm, quite miserably for two years before getting pregnant (both as a surprise and a HUGE blessing), quit my job and became a mom. And now I’m writing again,with aspirations of it becoming a career when the girls are grown. I wouldn’t change the path I took to get here at all though!

  • Kim January 14, 2010, 4:04 pm

    I’d like to operate a little bistro, can’t you tell? 🙂 And, I like the idea of human correspondence; I’d like to have enough time to send my scones across the states so they’d be eaten by someone who’d enjoy them… 😉

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion January 14, 2010, 4:16 pm

    I used to want to own a flower shop. I wish I could make blogging a lucrative career because I really, really love it!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 14, 2010, 4:17 pm

    Growing up, I always told people that I wanted to be Scooby Doo. I’m sure my parents were really excited about THAT one. My dad always said that I was going to be a lawyer because I could lie to anyone and keep a straight face. Also a great characteristic for your child to posses.

    Now I’m a writer/teacher, which does, actually, involve a bit of lying every now and then 🙂

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health January 14, 2010, 4:36 pm

    Hm. Well, as a recent college grad (about one month ago, haha) I’ve got to say that I’m *still* trying to figure out what my life will become! When I was a kid I wanted to be a meteorologist SO BADLY. Then I wanted to be an actor, and I actually got some jobs doing that. As I got older, though, my passion for acting majorly faded. Going into college I was torn between nutrition and communication studies. I opted for comm because it is such a *broad* major, and nutrition just seemed so specific. I’m so glad I made that decision! I’m currently working at a Real Estate Appraising Company (*cough* my dad’s *cough*) and I absolutely love it. I never expected having an office job, but as of right now it’s right up my alley…and I’m getting the chance to use my communication/marketing skills. However, I’ve got to say that I absolutely LOVE blogging so far. If I could do this for a living, I totally would. Lord willing…I will! 🙂 I would also love to do freelance writing or freelance marketing/communication services for companies.

    WOW, sorry :X I just wrote my life story. Shouldn’t have asked, haha 😉 But it’s very encouraging (and exciting) to see that your life is completely different than you imagined. I’m looking forward to seeing where the next year or even *months* take me!

  • Stina @ Girl Can January 14, 2010, 4:37 pm

    I always knew I was going to be a teacher. I grew up wanting to be a teacher. I went to school to be a teacher. I’m certified to be a teacher. I work for an insurance brokerage.

    It wasn’t that teaching didn’t pan out for me; it was my content area that didn’t pan out so well. There’s not a big need to Speech Teacher in Illinois, and it seems all the states that do have a high need for Speech Teachers are in the “hot” states. I hate hot weather so Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Georgia are not appeal to me at all.

    While I do enjoy my job (for the most part), I’m not convinced this is where I want to stay. I want to get back in to education, but I’m still panning that out. I’ve also become so passionate about nutrition/ fitness/ healthy living that I would love a carreer related to that. Recently I’ve actually be tossing around the idea of going back to school and getting my endorsement to teach high school health.

  • Erin January 14, 2010, 4:40 pm

    Oh man, that sandwich looks GOOD!

    I’ve flirted with being:

    1. Veterinarian or vet tech
    2. Medical examiner
    3. Police officer
    4. Lawyer
    5. Librarian
    6. Criminal profiler/psychologist
    7. Archivist

    Obviously I think I need to get out of academia and back to the criminal justice system.

  • Laura January 14, 2010, 5:04 pm

    After working in non-profit marketing/administration for a few years, I am wrapping up graduate school (I finish in May!) to be an elementary school counselor. I started my internship in August and LOVE this career. I finally “feel like myself” in a role that I will (one day) get paid to do.

    My favorite response to “what do you want to be?” is from a kindergarten student…. “I’d like to be a super hero!” Keep the dream alive, buddy…. keep the dream alive… haha!

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com January 14, 2010, 5:06 pm

    Goodness gracious what a delicious looking lunch!
    Haha after I read this post, I’d loovee to be considered for the Blogging Trousers 😛 I’d love to be more involved with all the blogging community stuff, seeing as there doesn’t seem to be one in England 🙁
    Dream jobs, that’s so hard! I’m yet to find what I want to do. I’ve thought about pro dressage rider, forensic psychologist, food buyer, PR/Marketing and advertising…but I have no idea! I really admire people who know what they want!

  • Allison K January 14, 2010, 5:13 pm

    I always wanted to be a camp director. 🙂 I did that. Now i’m in charge of camp directors.

  • Amanda January 14, 2010, 5:15 pm

    I have always wanted a job related to horses… I have worked at racetracks, breeding farms, and at the Thoroughbred sales. I have also taught riding camps for kids. I’m still trying to find the perfect spot in the horse world… right now I’m a vet tech at a small animal clinic. I love it, but I miss horses!

    • Kristin P. January 14, 2010, 5:31 pm

      Oh my god me too. All growing up I just wanted to do something with animals. And especially horses! Now I live in new york and do something totally different but I really want to get back to the barn! I miss them!!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 14, 2010, 5:17 pm

    Glad to hear that your foot is feeling better! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you 🙂
    My dream job is to run a small patisserie. Ahh to spend the day baking – I would love that!

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) January 14, 2010, 5:18 pm

    I’m really not loving where I’m at right now in my life. I pretty much just work my job for the pay check. I would love to have a career and since I’m going to be 25 this year I feel that need and pressure and little more. I’m just not really sure what it is I’m meant to do yet..I am passionate about a lot of things but nothing that would really be profitable.

    In grade school I wanted to be a singer in a group like the Spice Girls ahahaha no one wants to hear me sing!

  • Amy January 14, 2010, 5:18 pm

    Such a coincidence- I wanted to be a lottery winner, too! After a few years of no such luck, I decided to be a casino winner instead. I’ll let you know how that goes…

  • Melissa January 14, 2010, 5:23 pm

    Your bike is awesome!

    I am a semester away from completing my degree in accounting. But growing up I wanted to be a doctor or a teacher.

  • Kristie January 14, 2010, 5:38 pm

    I really, really don’t know what I want to do with my life right now. I’ve been a receptionist and administrative assistant and realllly didn’t like it, but my majors of Comm. & Spanish don’t really help give me a direct career path. And I’ve thought about going back to school, but I figure if I don’t know what I want to do I probably shouldn’t just bounce around academia while I try to figure it out. I hope I get some clarity & opportunity soon 🙂

  • Julie @savvyeats January 14, 2010, 5:53 pm

    When I was little (like, 4 or 5), I wanted to be like Dr. Doolittle and talk to animals…

    Up until high school, I wanted to be a writer, but then I switched to engineering. I was good at math and science, the job market was better, etc. Now, I’m back to wanting to be a writer! Especially if I can write about the science behind food/recipes/etc.

  • Lindsay January 14, 2010, 5:56 pm

    I would love to get the pants, I have struggled with an eating disorder for years and I am finally in recovery and starting to love the genes I was given at birth!!

  • Joy January 14, 2010, 6:16 pm

    I’m about to turn the big 3-0 in two weeks and I’ve had a lot of different jobs in different cities since leaving college. Some people who don’t know me well and look at me from the outside thinks I’ve lived an awesome & adventurous life, but if you’ve ever seen the movie ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ – then you’ve learned things aren’t always as they seem! 😉 I’ve had to learn that the hard way.
    I’ll try to do a quick recap of the past few years…(luckily I’ve got a twin sister and she’s been right beside me the whole time along for the ride – without her I wouldn’t have done half of this! I wouldn’t have been brave enough!)

    I did a semester exchange my senior year in college and spent it in NYC, so I could intern in the music industry. We had to go to Hunter College and take two classes as well as two internships working with a musician and at an artist management company. {Enter – Devil Wears Prada scenarios here] There was a lot of fun perks, going on a 2 week tour, but mostly dealing with the rudest people ever and an English boss who’s accent sometimes I couldn’t even understand what she was saying. The worst was answering phones from European producers and I couldn’t understand WTF they were saying and I would get in so much trouble. Oh and on payday Fridays – we had this happen one too many times – “oh, boss flew out to spain for two weeks – you’ll get paid when he gets back!!!!” Um, this is New York Effin City where it costs $50 to walk out the front door – and they pull this kinda stunt with us. We both lost 40 pounds in 4 months mostly because we were so broke, we would share a banana for breakfast.

    Moving on: I graduate college and decided not to enter the real world – and moved to Atlanta to attend a portfolio school for Commercial Photography. (2 years in photography school rocked!) Graduated and worked for Atlanta commercial/wedding photographer for a year. I loved it.

    2007 – We moved to NYC – (luckily, my twin had met her fiance who lived there, so we got to live for free this time around.) I spent the first 5 months applying for hundreds of jobs, temping at places where I got paid to staple papers – it was awesome, actually. Free gourmet coffee all day.haha) Then in May I found a photo company and started out freelance retoucher/shooter, then by September – full-time on-site freelancer Production Manager/shooter. Things went awry there…I’m not going into detail because I loved this company and the people..but I wanted to be somewhere else. I found another retouching/shooting job with the one photographer I dreamed of working with…got to work out of her apt in Brooklyn (she’s kinda famous now) and that was the best ever.
    Then – March 2008 rolls around and it’s SLOW – I go out and get a retail job in the East Village to help make ends meet…working for a clothing store I had worked at before in Atlanta. It did not make me happy. I was miserable. Spending 4 hours commuting, 8 hr shifts…this was not the life I wanted.

    So – I up’d and moved home to Alabama in April 2008.

    Sign from up above – One of my favorite indie musicians calls me from L.A. and needs a tour manager for a month!!! I took the gig and went to L.A. spent 4 weeks on the road traveling through 25 states, and 2 weeks in L.A. – this was the best job I’ve ever had. If I could really make a living doing this – I would pick this as my life.

    Got back home off tour – living back at home in Bama with my parents and reality set in. I’m still here now!! hahaha. I’ve took time off to re-evaluate my career choices and de-stress. I’m a substitute teacher and run my photo biz on the side. My new life plan – is that I’m going back to get my Master’s Degree in Art Education at Univ. of GA beginning next fall. Until then, I’m at home in Bama – trying to get in super shape, eating whole foods and enjoying family time.

    And if anyone even read this far – my twin ended up living in NY and married the boy and they have a 6 month old little boy. I’m flying up to visit them next Thursday to spend our 30th birthdays together (like always!) 🙂

    • Caitlin January 14, 2010, 6:44 pm

      i liked reading your journey! i think the key is that its never really over!

  • Jenny January 14, 2010, 6:48 pm

    Glad your foot was feeling okay today, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for ya! 🙂

    When I was little I wanted to be a neurologist until the 11th grade, when I went through a “constitutional lawyer” phase…then it was back to neurology until the end of sophomore year in college. And I’ve been into clinical psych ever since..but who knows where I’ll end up!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) January 14, 2010, 6:51 pm

    I’ve always wanted to do something with languages. I thought about teaching english in a foreign country but ended up teaching spanish here. And now I’m a pastor hoping to go on the mission field. I’d also love to do something with fitness.

  • Krista January 14, 2010, 7:15 pm

    Glad to hear your foot is better! I’m rehabbing from an injury too and its always nice to have a good day. My dream job would be to become a pediatric nurse. I’m working on it!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 14, 2010, 7:25 pm

    Lottery winner muhahahahahahahahaha!!

    I wanted to be a teacher, so I did my first degree in Education. When I finished there were no positions so I had to sub. I immediately went back to school at night to do my BA in Psychology. I wanted to become a clinical psychologist. I also thought about going in to Homeopathic medicine. I just finished my Psychology degree, and FINALLY got offered a permanent teaching position. I took the teaching position (grade 7/8), and I LOVE it! I am so glad I went with this path. I am doing my masters starting this fall in Ed. Psych. and hope to teach in a university sometime down the road.

  • Jayce January 14, 2010, 7:27 pm

    Growing up, I really wanted to be a dolphin trainer or a teacher… I started out working for an education degree in college, then realized it was not for me. I switched to nursing (seems so different, I know, but it felt so right!), and now I am a critical care RN. I love my job!! And the great thing about nursing is that there are 57,548 different things I can do if I ever want to change. I am planning to further my education and hopefully work with abuse victims. The only other things I could see myself doing is owning a bakery or being a missionary. 🙂

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 14, 2010, 7:50 pm

    “Other career choices I flirted with:
    •Sexual Assault Counselor” perhaps not the best choice of words?

  • katie January 14, 2010, 8:03 pm

    I majored in both art history and psychology during undergrad, and my dedication wavered between the two throughout college. I finally decided to go with passion versus money (although I loved psychology too- especially child and social psych). Now I can’t wait to go to grad school and get my PhD. Hopefully I’ll end up as a museum director/curator, or as a professor (I still haven’t decided which direction I want to take)- but no matter what, I hope that I’ll end up writing a lot- which is definitely my favorite aspect of the field. I was one of the few people I knew who actually loved to write essays!

  • Ashley January 14, 2010, 8:04 pm

    I’m a news reporter. I really wanted to be a magazine editor in NYC, but it didn’t happen that way.

    And I am just curious: How do you take photos at the gym without looking ultra creepy?

    • Caitlin January 14, 2010, 8:07 pm

      the thing i have realized is a blog is that no one ever notices when you take a picture… ever.

  • My Life As I Live It January 14, 2010, 8:12 pm

    I majored in business, thought I wanted to be an attorney, but I didn’t get into law school. I did actually work for an attorney for a bit, not I’m real estate, but I’m now thinking being a real estate paralegal would be a good fit for me. Not sure what my DREAM job is, other than inventing the next best thing and being the ultimate entreprenuer.

  • My Life As I Live It January 14, 2010, 8:13 pm

    Ooops, I meant to say “now I’m in real estate”

  • Jennyh January 14, 2010, 8:16 pm

    Growing up I always wanted to be a nurse, then a marine biologist, then a doctor. I was premed but decided med school wad just too much more school with residency and fellowship ect. So I decided to be a pediatric nurse practitioner instead, less school and more fun if you ask me. I get to make kids healthier and happier everyday 🙂

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind January 14, 2010, 8:27 pm

    When I was in high school, I wanted to be a professional choreographer. When I got to college, I couldn’t deciede on a major because my interests were so broad and I wanted to major in EVERYTHING! I ended up picking Communication, and it was a good fit for me. A year after graduation, I entere graduate school to study Student Affairs. Now, I’m embarking on a writing career.

    Hey, it’s communication. 😉

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) January 14, 2010, 8:27 pm

    What a great and piogniant topic. I just met with my old therapist today for a long catch-up session/informations exchange regarding the career path I’ve finally landed upon- which is to obtain my Psy.D degree and specialize in substance abuse addiction and family therapy. When I first moved to New York City, I wanted to be an actor. Ha to that. I still love acting but am sickened by the industry. I then wanted to become an inner city teacher. Again, ha. I greatly admire those that do teach…but the “Dangerous Minds” way of life is not for me. I’m really eager and excited to began my journey towards helping others in ways that will (hopefully) transform their lives for the better.

    This post kind of reminded me of that part in Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar,” where she is imagining herself at the fig tree. She wants to pick them all, but can’t. The Motherhood fig, the career fig, the writing fig…which to pick?

    By the way, I tried pumpkin yogurt this morning and it was amazing! Thank you so much for introducing me to it!

  • Alicia January 14, 2010, 8:28 pm

    Glad to hear the foot is feeling better!

    Growing up, my first job was helping out with the family catering business. I was a theater major in college, with a minor in business management. Out of school, I was lucky enough to get hired by a theater company to do fundraising and special events.

    This week, I just started doing my new job as Director of Special Events for a local non-profit. I LOVE IT. Event planning is totally my calling in life, and I love working for non-profits and fundraising to help a cause.

  • Jen January 14, 2010, 8:47 pm

    When I was young (maybe 6th grade) I wanted to be a German translator for the UN (yeah, i was kind of weird). Later I wanted to be a doc and was actually pre-med for awhile. I ended up majoring in agriculture and now do chemisty. Life is weird sometimes. 🙂

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) January 14, 2010, 8:52 pm

    I want to stick my face through that computer screen and eat your bagel. Seriously.

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) January 14, 2010, 8:56 pm

    I majored in Criminal Justice and worked in a prison with murderers, rapists, sex offenders, etc. I LOVED it but found that I had horrible boundaries. After switching to working with women with less serious offenses, I’ve finally admitted that I’m too “soft” to work efficiently with that population. If I could be anything, I would be an FBI agent!! So cool.

  • The Healthy Hostess January 14, 2010, 9:15 pm

    I would love to be a personal chef!

  • Kelsey January 14, 2010, 10:27 pm

    i’ve wanted to be an architect ever since i was 3 (playing legos and lincoln logs!) and now I’m in my 4th year of architecture school!!! i have thought about other careers, but ultimately I always went back to architecture because it is what I am truly passionate about 😀

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 14, 2010, 10:27 pm

    I always wanted to be an aquatic therapist…or a barista 🙂 Or one of the people that run those zipline parks.

  • Christy January 14, 2010, 11:03 pm

    Weird, I’ve always wanted to be a lottery winner, too!! 😛

  • Saima January 15, 2010, 1:45 am

    I did my undergrad in biology thinking abt going to e/ medical school or dental school…am currently finishing up my masters in Speech-Language Pathology!! 😀 listening to one’s gut is always the way to go!

  • Aimee January 15, 2010, 7:31 am

    My dream job after a stressful night as an RN on a cardiac unit when I am sitting in my car crying on the way home is to be the Walmart greeter. Do you think they ever go home in tears?

    Lottery winner would be great. We’ve been going strong on a scratch ticket we received for Christmas. Started with $14 and now we’re down to $4. But the next ticket we buy could be the big winner!

    Since graduating from university in 1997 I have worked as a secretary in the humanities department at that university. I volunteered as a Citizenship/ESL teacher at a local library. From there I landed in Africa as an English teacher for Peace Corps. I returned home 4 years later with not much hope of finding a career without furthering my education. So I went to nursing school. I love being a nurse, but wow women are really horrible to each other. I’m still trying to find my niche in healthcare and I am certain that it is out there.

    As I sit helplessly watching reports on the earthquake aftermath in Haiti, how I wish I were independently wealthy so that I could just head down there to help. Of course I will donate money but that usually doesn’t make me feel like I’ve done much of anything.

    Very interesting reading everyone’s comments. There are so many things that I’m interested in. Glad I’m not alone.

    • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope January 16, 2010, 12:29 am

      haha omg, i can totally related to the Walmart greeter thing. Actually,last time I was entering and leaving Walmart, the greeter hardly even cracked a smile. I was like, seriously, your entire job is to just say hello to me and you can’t even do that? pft.

  • Ashley January 15, 2010, 7:37 am

    I would have to say my dream job would be as a sports agent!

  • Kelli January 15, 2010, 8:12 am

    I feel like I have so many passions. I ended up going into finance and accounting, which is definately a passion of mine. I love numbers! I would love to also be a fitness and spinning instructor and volunteer for one of the programs that gets young girls to start running! So much to do and such little time!!!

  • Lauren January 15, 2010, 9:46 am

    I just graduated from college last May and I was torn between social work and teaching….I’ve tried both since if you can believe it, but since my move from New England to Texas I’ve really tried focusing on combining the two and it looks like it just may pay off! I’m up for a position at a local children’s shelter where I hope to work with the infant/teen mother unit.

    I really love your blog and it’s really helped me in more than one area in my life recently, so I just wanted to say thank you.

    Ps. LOVE your bike…..all of my athletic gear has some kind of pink accent! 😉

  • Amber @ The Minimalist Diaries January 15, 2010, 12:36 pm

    When I was little I told everyone I wanted to be a 4th grade teacher during the year and a model in the summer, haha. Right now I am working in Development at a University but applying for Masters Programs in Health Psychology for next year. Crossing my fingers I get into a good program!

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