A Peek Into What Could’ve Been

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A long, long time ago (OK – a year and a half ago), I really wanted to go to University of South Carolina and become a physical therapist.  In fact, I even secretly attended two semesters of pre-requisite classes at community college!  I say “in secret” because I kept it off the blog since I wasn’t sure if my former employer (I was an urban planner) read, and I knew they wouldn’t approve.


On September 22, 2009, I received the phone call that changed my life – my blog was going to become a book.  Less than twelve hours later, I called my urban planning boss and quit my job (it was the.most.epic.call.EVER).  I immediately started writing.  And then wonderful, awesome things happened with my blogs.  In the Spring, I found out that all my studying and shadowing had paid off, and USC had granted me admission!  But – the timing just wasn’t right anymore.  Everything changes, after all.


So it’s kind of bittersweet to visit a physical therapist and see what could’ve been.  I still think it’s an awesome career!  Maybe someday? :)  Who knows, right?


We went back to Dynamic Health Center this AM for our free exams.  I have been experiencing lower back pain, which I attribute to running.  The doctor believes my psoas muscle is weak, which is causing hip and back pain… and is also causes me to need knee sleeves.

Anterior Hip Muscles 2.PNG (Source)

Everything is connected, after all!


Dr. Jeff taught me an awesome at-home exercise to strengthen my psoas.


Stand straight against a wall (make sure your heels touch) with a broom stick out in front of you.


Lift one bent leg up (straight up – no twisting), hold, and release.  Repeat 10 times on each side – three sets, if you can stand it!


I’ll be doing this for sure – Dr. Jeff says one day I might not even need my knee sleeves.


Pre-appointment snack was an orange:


And lunch was a medley of leftovers:


Mashed cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and kidney beans.


I literally heart Bone Suckin’ BBQ sauce:


And a side salad:


Did you think you were on one career path and end up on another?  Or do you want to make a change now?



  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 16, 2010, 2:00 pm

    I completely agree that it all changes! Your story shows that if you put your heart into what you do, good things will come out of it. I had no idea what I wanted to do, and am currently trying to figure it out. I was in the process of changing jobs but then some major personal stuff came up earlier this week, so I’m staying put for now. Like you say, it all changes.

  • Kristina @ spabettie September 16, 2010, 2:02 pm

    I wanted to be a professional tennis player… 🙂 My spa career has been fabulous, though, and I’ve recently thought of teaching tennis again (I taught in college).

    In all injury recovery, my BEST support has been the exercises I have been given by my pt, chiro and even massage therapist. Stretching is GOLD. 🙂

  • Tina September 16, 2010, 2:03 pm

    We can never know where life will lead us. I sometimes wonder “what if” or think about what could be too much. It’s good to have goals and work towards them but not lose sight of the hear and now as well.

  • Julie @SavvyEats September 16, 2010, 2:03 pm

    Definitely. I was an engineering major and decided with 1 year left that I didn’t want to be an engineer…I’d rather be a writer!

    Oddly enough, when I was little I dreamt of being a writer. Once I hit high school, I decided to pursue engineering/science and now here I am, back to wanting to write!

  • Camille September 16, 2010, 2:03 pm

    I have changed my major a bazillion times before finally realizing that I want to go in to nutrition because I love it.
    If you ever feel like moving to San Diego (which I wouldn’t suggest), my Mom has her own Physical Therapy practice. She could hook you up! 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 16, 2010, 2:04 pm

    isn’t it crazy to look back and think what might’ve happened? i thought about PT too, but i just wasn’t in love with it. i would like to say i’m in the middle of a career change right now too…but we’ll see where it all takes me 🙂

  • Cara Thielvoldt September 16, 2010, 2:05 pm

    that bowl is so freaking adorable!! i smiled wide when i saw it.

  • ashleigh September 16, 2010, 2:05 pm

    I went to school to be a teacher and now I work in insurance! I am sure I will change careers a few more times too 🙂 I’ve never known what I truly wanted to do so I want to try more things out.

  • Liz @ LBBakes September 16, 2010, 2:05 pm

    I think I’ve been lucky to do exactly what I want to do! But my problem is that there are about 5 other things I want to do too!

  • Kelly September 16, 2010, 2:05 pm

    Who knows, maybe someday you’ll be able to go back to school. I’d say for now, your career is pretty awesome!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini September 16, 2010, 2:06 pm

    The psoas is a little known muscle that is the culprit for so many injiuries. Thx for the exercise.

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 16, 2010, 2:06 pm

    I’m yet to find my career path! I’m doing a degree in psychology, which I thought was what I wanted, but it most definitly isn’t 🙁
    It’s crazy how much you’re life has chnaged- it must be awesome!

  • Beth @ bride in the little white dress September 16, 2010, 2:08 pm

    Love the animal print shoes you’re wearing!

    I started out as a history, secondary education major and switched to communication because I loved to talk. Yep, that was my reasoning there. Now I’m thinking I want to be my own business person. Its tough, looking back its a lot of pressure at the age of 18 to say I want this major/profession for the rest of my life.

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:05 pm

      i agree – how are we suppose to decide what to do when we’re 18!

  • Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) September 16, 2010, 2:08 pm

    I LOVE the heart bowl! It is always crazy to look back and see how much everything has changed in a year or so. I always think of it as positive growth, though 🙂 Have a nice day!

  • Anne September 16, 2010, 2:09 pm

    I think you mean, September 22, 2009.

    When I went to grad school, the original plan was to stay and get my PhD as well. But after 1.5 years (following 5 years of undergrad), I decided to get a job. I haven’t decided if I won’t return to school or at least change some career direction.

    • Anne September 16, 2010, 2:09 pm

      I meant 1.5 years to get my masters.

  • Amy September 16, 2010, 2:09 pm

    I’ve had so many career paths in my 28 years! Since I was young and up through college (and to an extent today), I wanted to be a news reporter. More specifically, I wanted to be co-host of the Today show. Then I graduated college and worked in HR for five years. I took a few MBA classes (hated it) and after a family medical scare, decided to go to nursing school. I secretly took pre-reqs much like you did for physical therapy school. I got into nursing school and was there for about 8 months when another family medical scare required I take time off. Since then (March ’10), I began working at a library and am now set to start library school in January. It is much more closely related to my original plan than one would think. Both careers require finding answers and putting information together in an understandable fashion. I still hope to one day do something more journalism related but for now, I’m happy. 🙂

    • Jazz September 16, 2010, 2:50 pm

      Library school rocks! You can use it for anything, I had a bachelor degree in Science, and worked doing Science-ish research and now GIS librarianship…. Good luck!

      • Amy September 16, 2010, 3:20 pm

        That’s excellent to know! 🙂 Thanks for replying!!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 16, 2010, 2:10 pm

    What crazy changes. Hopefully the work out will help with your pain!

  • Dee September 16, 2010, 2:11 pm

    I’ve been on a solid career path (social science research) but now want to change to something entirely different (family therapy), but can’t right now. I’m solving the problem (for now) by volunteering doing the kind of work that I’d one day like to transition to.

  • tina September 16, 2010, 2:12 pm

    long time reader, first time poster! love the blog!

    …i am currently working in retail at a sporting goods company, and used to work in fashion in merchandising (which i LOVED).

    somehow i ended up teaching fitness classes on the side and am now ready to quit my 9-5 and teach full time!

    everything works out the way its supposed to in some way, doesn’t it???

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:06 pm

      thanks for reading!!!

  • Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 16, 2010, 2:12 pm

    I love stories about drastic career changes like yours that turned out for the better. It’s something I’m thinking about doing more and more recently. I just need a little more time to figure and sort things out.

  • Trish September 16, 2010, 2:13 pm

    I considered doing PT as well. This was before I got my current gig as a writer – which I love and don’t want to give up.

    But I went to take some required courses that I needed for grad school. I took about three. Then I decided it just wasn’t for me. Sometimes the timing isn’t right – and sometimes we have to experience something before realizing it’s not the best fit. Life isn’t a straight road and these sort of things help make us smarter and better – and no learning experience is ever a waste.

    You do seem happier now and that is a good thing! That’s what matters.

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:06 pm

      I am so much happier now!

  • Shellybean September 16, 2010, 2:14 pm

    I’m sort of approaching a potential crossroads in my life. Which is good b/c I’ve had a pretty steady path the past few years, so I’ve been in a good place to prepare for it. Anyway, next spring I’m getting married and my fiance will graduate from med school, and right now, we don’t know where we’ll be going for his residency. So if we stay here, I’ll keep my job (which I love) but we’ll switch apartments (ours is pretty run down) and start trying to have a baby. If we go somewhere else I plan to wait a year before trying to have a baby and if I get a job in my field I’ll stay in my field. If I don’t get a job in my field I’m seriously considering going back to school to become a registered dietitian b/c I love nutrition and think and read and talk about it all the time.
    So there are a lot of if’s in my future!

  • Marg September 16, 2010, 2:15 pm

    I’m trying to become a teacher (no calls this year), switching from being an Office Manager. Ultimate goal is to be a school counselor. Along with that I do photography part-time – but turing that hobby into a career takes the fun out of it. So I don’t use my real name on my personal blog so I’m not searchable for jobs.

    I do want to go see a P.T. I’ve been having knee issues and think it may help.

  • Juli D. September 16, 2010, 2:17 pm

    I got a degree in Pyschology thinking I would go onto a Masters in School Psychology. After graduating, decided I wanted to teach. Got my degree in Elementary Education, substitute taught for a year but couldn’t get a permanent job due to oversaturation and lack of positions. Now I work for an accounting firm and don’t think I want to go back to teaching due to the high stress/inflexibility of the job (my job now is low stress/highly flexible). If I could do it all over, I would become a Speech and Language Pathologist.

    • Tara September 16, 2010, 4:21 pm

      I went into elementary ed., taught for 4 years and resigned when I moved from Canada to the USA with my husband for his job. I hope to never teach again as I was miserable and overly stressed from September 1st til the end of June. Having a legit “excuse” to resign my position was the best thing that ever happened to me!

      • Juli D. September 16, 2010, 4:38 pm

        Yup – I can defintely relate!! My job now isn’t as fulfilling as teaching (I loved the kids!!) but it’s nice to have some sanity back!

    • Johanna September 16, 2010, 4:38 pm

      I’m a speech language pathologist and I love it! I work full time in a school, but it is nice to know I have lots of options out there (hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers, private practice).

      • Juli D. September 16, 2010, 4:53 pm

        I’m jealous Johanna! 🙂 I have a couple friends in that field and they love it too!

  • yummiee cupcake September 16, 2010, 2:18 pm

    when time is right, it’ll come to you! as far as your path right now, it seems like it’s accelerating all over the places, all great ways! if you had gone to university of south carolina, would you be here where you are right now?

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 2:19 pm

      In Charlotte! i would have a 70 mile commute each way – ugh.

  • Chrissy (The New Me) September 16, 2010, 2:19 pm

    I get a lot of lower back pain – do you think this exercise will help fix that? If so, that would be awesome! Right now, doing yoga after a long run helps, even if it’s just a few vinyasas and cow and cat poses.

    As for careers, I got a degree in library science and was working as an academic librarian until this past summer, when I made a career change to a university grant office. I’m not really in love with either career, though, and expect that I’ll wear a few more hats until I finally settle into something I truly love. I’m only 28, so I feel like I still have time to experiment.

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 2:24 pm

      Well, I’m not sure what is causing your back pain so I’m not sure! :/ Can you see a chiropractor or PT to ask?

      • Chrissy (The New Me) September 16, 2010, 2:31 pm

        Yes, that wasn’t very specific, was it? I’ve been meaning to go to the doctor about it, but I’m a huge procrastinator. But knowing that there might be a simple exercise or adjustment I could do to help is great motivation to make an appointment.

  • nancy September 16, 2010, 2:20 pm

    I went to school to be a teacher, ended up in the business world, took a wonderfully long break to raise my kids, am now working as a massage therapist and am laying the ground work to pursue my long held dream of going to nursing school. The seasons of your life will change. As they change you may find that your dreams, needs or desires change too. I have been very happy in each season while looking forward to the next one. You and your husband are in a wonderful season of life as you build his business, you pursue your writing and you plan together for the family you will have. Definately a season to enjoy. 🙂

    • Nikka B September 16, 2010, 4:46 pm

      Beautifully said!

  • RhodeyGirl September 16, 2010, 2:20 pm

    What is the purpose of holding the broomstick? Did the doctor explain?

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 2:23 pm

      Keep your back flat against the wall (I think)

      • loreejo September 16, 2010, 3:44 pm

        broomstick simulates pole…increases spousal support of exercise. :o)

        • Sarah September 16, 2010, 4:03 pm

          HA! love it.

        • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:08 pm

          whoop whoop!

  • Cyclist Kate September 16, 2010, 2:21 pm

    I was on track to do a Ph.d. in Spanish literature and hopefully become a Spanish professor when a lighbulb went off–I wanted to be a therapist. Now I’m starting my masters’ in social work program and plan to become a licensed clinical social worker. I miss studying language quite a bit, but hopefully at some point (i.e. when I’m no longer in school), I can go back and study language for fun.

  • sharon September 16, 2010, 2:22 pm

    I thought of you at the grocery store today. They are stocking the shelves with canned pumpkin here in Maryland.
    Thanks for the pumpkin recipes!

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 2:23 pm


      • Cindi September 16, 2010, 9:02 pm

        I saw organic canned pumpkin at Home Economist Market right off South Blvd. & Remount this week 🙂

        • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:08 pm

          organic isnt the same!

  • Christie {Honoring Health} September 16, 2010, 2:23 pm

    Those shoes are v. cute.

    I recently made a career change, I dropped my dead end job and pursued becoming a health coach, which I now and as well as blogging. I actually wrote a post today about what I thought my dream was and come to find out, it wasn’t. I had thought for a really long time that I wanted to travel around, singing the non-diet praises and really, I just want to do what I am good at. Write and help people with my written words.

  • Kayla September 16, 2010, 2:24 pm

    I’m going to have to try that exercise. I experience pain in my lower back and hips after longer runs and dates with the elliptical trainer.

    I started school planning to become a biochemist. I hated spending hours and hours in a dark basement lab, and I missed writing. I changed majors and schools. I graduated in 2006 with a degree in journalism and mass communication and was hired at a small daily paper in a small town in Wisconsin. I worked there and its bigger sister paper for a total of more than four years…until my fiance landed his dream job as a play-by-play broadcaster and communications director for a junior-level hockey team. I resigned my position at the paper, hunted for a job for which I was qualified, thought about going back to school… I recently have developed (rekindled?) a deep love for food and cooking; I find I can exercise my creative side and my practical, more exact and scientific side in the kitchen. I looked into going to culinary school in my new state, but my mom convinced me it might be better to wait — to find out if that’s really what I want to do, to save up for tuition (no financial aid for someone who already has a degree) and to plan my wedding. I agreed, and I accepted a part-time job with a really awesome nonprofit.

    I keep thinking about what I really want to do for the rest of my life — what I want to be when I grow up — and I’m having a hard time deciding! I want to work with food, maybe own my own business. I want to write and be creative. I want to help people and share my experiences with healthy eating and running/exercising. *sigh* I’m 25, and I know I have time, but I feel like I need to figure it out soon so I can determine if it’s possible to have and do all the things I want later in life, like have children, buy a house, travel…

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:09 pm

      its hard to juggle everything, isnt it? you’ll find your balance.

  • Courtney September 16, 2010, 2:26 pm

    All my life I talked about being a Dr. It was all I ever wanted to do so when I started college I was PreMed/Biochemistry. I had a heck of a time with organic chemistry and after my 3rd semester, I finished my last final and came home and cried on the couch for an hour. My mom wasn’t home at the time but I told my dad that I didn’t want to be a Dr. anymore and that I just wasn’t capable of understanding some things and that I was so sorry I was disappointing them by not being able to be a Dr. I ended up going to CC for a while and figured out that I want to be a Victims Advocate and graduated from ASU this past May with my BA in Social & Behavioral Sciences and I couldn’t be happier!

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) September 16, 2010, 2:28 pm

    i’m seeing dr. jeff too! he must have a great recruiter. 😉

  • Jaime Runs September 16, 2010, 2:29 pm

    Kinda looks like you’re pole dancing.

    Great news that it can help your pain and maybe get you out of your knee sleeves!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 16, 2010, 2:29 pm

    Other than those five years when I desperately wanted to be a princess, I’ve been on the career path I love. I still look back and think, Hm, what if I hadn’t given up my dream at 6? Would I have a pretty diamond tiara to go with my new jeans? 🙂

    • Orla September 16, 2010, 6:13 pm

      Love this!!! Made me laugh out loud. My friend and I used to often joke about being princesses and meeting prince charming!!! Love it!

      • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:09 pm

        i still would like to be royality!

  • Stacy September 16, 2010, 2:29 pm

    2.5 years ago I graduated from Graduate School, on the path to work as a Social Worker. I am still a Social Worker, and love my job. But, a year into it I realized that this is not what I want to be doing for the rest of my life. I decided then I was going to pursue nursing instead. As an aside, prior to working as a Social Worker I shunned the idea of ever being a nurse despite multiple attempts by mother to become one. I hated needles and became queasy at the sight of blood. Now, I love anything medical even needles and blood 😉 I can’t wait to get into the nursing field. I hope I can combine both backgrounds, and my many other passions, to become a powerhouse of a nurse who deeply cares for my patient’s multiple needs.

  • Melanie September 16, 2010, 2:30 pm

    Definitely wanting to make a career change. Tired of working for the man and really wanting to figure out a way to make a living off of the things I’m passionate about (currently beer, nutrition, healthy living). 😛

    You are an inspiration to us who strive to do what you’ve done! Thanks!



  • Gracie (complicated day) September 16, 2010, 2:30 pm

    I was a budding artist. Then I went to pharmacy school. My art professors won’t even speak to me anymore 😉

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 16, 2010, 2:31 pm

    Well, I went to culinary school and now I work with my husband as his assistant in his art studio. I wish I had studied nutrition, but now I have to worry about saving money for my kids to go to college…so, no more school for me. Oh well, maybe in another life.

  • Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) September 16, 2010, 2:32 pm

    I thought my singing in a rock band was my only option in life. I used to get so frustrated with the music industry and ask “WHY!!!!!” Then I fell into the world of voiceovers. Now I work from my home studio for clients all over the world. Although I still sing and play in my band, I love voiceovers and I would not change a thing!

  • Maria September 16, 2010, 2:32 pm

    Oh yes! I got my graduate and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Counseling and not sure I want to pursue them at all. Something in my gut just didn’t feel right about. Right now I work as an Office Manager, which I like, but not sure if it’s my CAREER. I think I’m still stuck in limbo, trying to figure out who I want to be and what I want to do. Eventually, I believe it will come to me, though I hope sooner than later 🙂

  • Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous September 16, 2010, 2:35 pm

    I was originally going to go to school to become a veterinarian – it was my plan since I was about 8! But by sophomore year in college I changed my mind and am now on my way to becoming a Registered Dietitian!

  • rebecca September 16, 2010, 2:38 pm

    I’m currently in my 3rd (and last!!) year of PT school. When i was in high school I really had no idea this field even existed! Even entering college I was a psychology major and tried to stay away from all science classes, however at some point in my sophomore year I heard about PT and thought it would be a great field for me. Little did I know i would have to work my ass off taking 4 years worth of pre-reqs in only 2 years, and it was ALL science! However, looking back I couldn’t be more thankful that I had this revelation and figured out what I wanted to do just in time, I totally love school and can’t wait to get out there working in the PT field.

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYour Life September 16, 2010, 2:42 pm

    I just recently made a career change to what I actually have my degree in… Seems like that would have been an easy choice, but I just didn’t see it.

    And I tried that exercise (I have always had lower back pain) and I couldn’t even do it on my right side and barely could get my leg up on my left. I guess I can add that exercise to my “to do” list!

  • Mandy September 16, 2010, 2:55 pm

    My entire life I wanted to be a teacher. I had everything planned out. I first wanted to be a special education teacher. When I transferred to a university closer to home, I dabbled in social work before going back to education. This time, however, I went to early childhood education.

    I was fully immersed into the program and got into the School of Education. I started my first semester in the program and realized that there were so many politics that I could not handle it.

    At the time, I got a job to pay the bills as a Medical Biller. I thought to myself that when my fiance’ (now husband) and I had children, I could do that on the side and give up teaching for a bit. His mother did that, so I thought I could as well.

    It hit me that instead of doing medical billing on the side that I could go to school for that. So I did, and graduated from a local technical college with an Associate’s Degree and a certificate. I worked my way up as far as I could at my job, until my age proved to be a barrier. Being 25 apparently meant that I was not management material.

    I started looking for a different position and a recruiter asked if I was opposed to billing in a different field. When I said no, she told me about a job billing for a law firm. I shrugged and thought that there was no harm in going to the interview. I interviewed twice and did not get the job, again because of my age.

    Not discouraged, I began looking for other legal billing jobs because through the interview process my interest peaked. I happened to find one, interviewed and the rest is now history.

    I love what I am doing and I love that I can be a full-time mom and focus on one child (with one more in the future, God willing). After our local school district laid off hundreds of teachers, I knew I had made the right decision.

    Am I where I thought I would be? Of course not. I thought I’d have my Bachelor’s and would be going for my Master’s. I never thought an Associate’s degree would satisfy me. I never thought that I would be working at a law firm. But I also never thought that I would be happily married to a man from New Jersey with a beautiful child at 25.

    I’ve quickly learned that life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:10 pm

      interesting story! im glad you are happier (and employed).

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad September 16, 2010, 3:05 pm

    So crazy that the cause of your pain can be attributed to one small muscle in your back. Also crazy that you pain may be alleviated by doing one seemingly simple and easy exercise.

  • KitKat @ Pursuit of Happiness September 16, 2010, 3:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing the psoas exercise! I think it may be the culprit to my current hip/leg pain.

    I think I’d like to make a career change now. It feels hard to start over though since I’ve invested so much time on my undergraduate & graduate degrees, and a few years working in the field. But it doesn’t quite feel right. I think I need to figure out what does feel right first…

  • David September 16, 2010, 3:10 pm

    I loved reading this post, and the timing couldn’t have been better. I’m considering a career change, and unfortunately, I haven’t exactly figure out what new the career could be, but it’s inspiring to hear how things fell into place, and ultimately, fell in such a way that allowed you to continue sharing yourself, your story, and your ideas. Am a new reader of your blog, Caitlin (week 2!), but am really enjoying it and am inspired by it!

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:11 pm

      Welcome to HTP!

  • amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler September 16, 2010, 3:13 pm

    For a long, long time, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. My default answer to the question was, “Write.” So I went to community college with the idea that I would study English Lit. Then I hated college, so I dropped out. Then I moved far, far away and, after working with at-risk youth, decided that that was my calling, so I tried university last year, studying social psychology. I hated that, but I plugged along until a family emergency forced me to drop the next semester, and then I just didn’t bother going back. Then I attended a cooking class led by a graduate of a health coaching program, which sounded right up my alley, so I’ve been doing that and I’ll be graduating in March! I still daydream about going to college, but every time I have attempted school, I’ve had to work at the same time, and I’m just not a good juggler. At least with this certification program, it’s a work-at-your-own-pace set-up, so it’s much more manageable. Sometimes I hate that I don’t have a degree and other times I accept it. I do really wish I could send myself far away for school, live on campus, and focus entirely on LEARNING, not about trying to scrape by in my classes while working my butt off around the clock.

    Sorry for the long response. In short: I’ve changed my mind many times, and I will continue to change my mind, I’m sure. I am constantly rediscovering myself.

  • Sarah for Real September 16, 2010, 3:16 pm

    I think we might be body twins! I’m going to try that exercise and see if it helps my back pain… I’ve given up on my chiropractor being able to help me with it. Maybe I should see a physical therapist. I never considered one because I thought you only go there after you break a bone or something, haha.

  • elyssa September 16, 2010, 3:19 pm

    im in my final year of law school, and ive toyed with the idea of dropping out and switching careers to do something with food and nutrition. recently though, i had revelation that it is possible to combine and pursue my two loves. im not sure exactly what form this will take yet – but i have the dream! i think our society puts an exaggerated emphasis on the pursuit of one single career – when in reality, most people are fulfilled by greater variety in their professional lives.

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 16, 2010, 3:20 pm

    I actually have a post on this topic coming up, but my problem was that I had always thought that I wanted to be a high school English teacher. I took the tests and was preparing to enroll in a credential program when I realized I would have to take out substantial loans to finish and the education system in California is so bad right now that I probably wouldn’t be able to secure a job after I’d finished. I’d just be sitting there with a big, fat pile of debt.

    That kind of left me standing around helpless. If I wasn’t going to teach, then what was I going to do? I had no answers whatsoever, so I’ve just been working at the same job, despite really not wanting to stay.

    It is just recently that I took some time to look at what has made me happy in life. Writing. It always has. It’s why I was a Creative Writing major in college vs. a Literature major. My favorite memory from high school was having professional actors perform a play I had written. I glowed after SparkPeople published my blog in the motivational section….the fact that what I wrote touched people certainly did “spark” me. So now, I don’t know what I’m going to do in the long run, but I know I want to get back into writing.

    I want to do what I love…even if it means living under the freeway to do it! 😉

  • staciousATL September 16, 2010, 3:24 pm

    Caitlin, I’m a long time reader but I’ve never commented. I have to say that your post today really pulls at my heart. This is the struggle that I am going through now – trying to figure out where I want to be in life. I finished college and got caught up in the real estate world, but its not my passion. Problem is, after so many years of just working my butt off and being tired and stressed, I DON’T KNOW what my passion is anymore. So sad!

    I’m trying to figure it all out. Your story gives me hope that maybe one of these days I’ll start walking on the right path for my life.

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:12 pm

      My advice… do stuff besides work to fine your passion. Volunteer, read, etc!! Explore! You’ll find it.

      • StaciousATL September 21, 2010, 10:48 pm

        I’m definitely putting myself out there now. Adding to the stress is moving from the Northeast to ATL this past year, I’m sure you know how it is trying to adjust to a new place. I’m out there doing different things now so I’m hopeful! Thanks for the response, I appreciate it! 🙂

  • Melissa Miller September 16, 2010, 3:31 pm

    Yoga is awesome for the psoas…

    but they are sort of hard to access..you know.
    I remembered a fantastic article I read about getting “in the zone” and mentally getting there in order to release the psoas and googled it…


    I love these articles..it helps if you have someone there to read it aloud (in a calm voice) while you do it.


  • Becca @ start over from scratch September 16, 2010, 3:31 pm

    I was miserable as a fabric sales rep in Chattanooga, TN! Now I’m attending culinary school in Charlotte, NC! Best decision I ever made!!!

  • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 3:32 pm

    I have noooo idea what I want to do. I loved inner-city teaching because I could see the difference I was making, and it’s really fun to be around people all day, and middle school kids are sooo funny…but the health issues I had while teaching made it impossible to continue.

    It is really great that all your hard work resulted in such fabulous success. Very inspiring!

  • Kim September 16, 2010, 3:35 pm

    My parents are both physical therapists and love their jobs. I sometimes think I should have gone into that field and taken over the family business, but I’m a writer at heart. I’m lucky to have fallen into copywriting for ad agencies. It’s really fun. I never could have predicted I would end up where I am. Life is funny that way.
    PS I know you said the husband wanted to team up with a chiropractor. My physical therapists parents have taught me to strongly disapprove of chiropractors. Ha. Maybe he could team up with a PT office 😉

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 16, 2010, 3:37 pm

    I had met with admissions and was ready to sign up at Winthrop to become a Registered Dietitian when I got a call about a job to be a wellness coach. I discovered I could to my dream job with out 4 extra years of school, and although I’d love to be a RD, it was TOTALLY the right decision for me… I love my company, my job & not having student loan debt 🙂

  • Carrie H September 16, 2010, 3:41 pm

    You look super cute today! Your leapord shoes are awesome, and in the top photo, you have the perfect hourglass shape! 🙂

    (Hope that’s not too creepy. Partly through OB, and partly through having two sisters, I love to tell people when I think they look pretty! I told a random stranger in Wal-Mart the other daythat her long strawberry blonde hair was beautiful and it made MY day, lol!)

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:12 pm

      thank u hunny!

  • eri September 16, 2010, 3:41 pm

    i wanted to be a boutique owner. but after working in retail management for many years i decided maybe it wasn’t for me, and now i’m working at my family’s construction landscaping business….couldn’t be any more different if i tried!

    btw, how cute is that heart shaped bowl?!?! love it!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 16, 2010, 3:44 pm

    Aawww, your leftover medley looks lovely!! LOVE the heart-shaped bowl 😀 It must be somewhat difficult to go to the physical therapist and see what might have been but just because you ended up going on a different path doesn’t mean it was the wrong one. You’ve seen this first hand 😀

  • Amanda September 16, 2010, 3:45 pm

    I always planned on pursuing a career in business, because it would make me money. However, as I pursued my business degree I got more involved in clubs and organizations on campus and fell in love with being an involved student. Then I learned you could work with student organizations as a career. Now I am halfway through my masters degree to do just that and while it has it’s challenges I love it so much more then I ever would have enjoyed business.

  • Jill September 16, 2010, 3:45 pm

    I’m on my third career path! I was first a chemical dependency counselor, then I became an Italian teacher (I still do that!), now I’m opening up my very own holistic health coaching business in the coming months. In between all that to pay the bills I was a college recruiter, a barista, a marketing and PR person, and a bookkeeper.
    No matter who you are, life takes you in unexpected directions and you just have to go along for the ride.

  • Lisa September 16, 2010, 3:45 pm

    Thanks for the PT move. I will have to try that. I start physical therapy today. I hope it helps!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 16, 2010, 3:46 pm

    I’ve changed my major three times, and I’m still not satisfied with it. I was always “scared” of the sciency majors, and worried that I’d never be able to do the calc or chem necessary to be a nutritionist. Now, in my senior year as a French major, I really, really regret not just jumping in when I had the chance…I know that I can go to grad school, but it’s so expensive and just not something I want to commit myself to anytime soon. I know it will all work out in the end, but I do wish I’d believed in myself more!!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 16, 2010, 3:53 pm

    At first glance, I thought you were pretending to pole dance.

    In another life, I would love to have been a registered dietician. I’m a writer, though, and I love it. That’s good enough for me.

  • Monica September 16, 2010, 3:56 pm

    Everybody has a calling and timing and your book was your calling, even if it wasn’t at the right time! When it is time I am sure you will be back on track for your physical therapy.
    This looks like a great exercise. I am going to have to try it.
    P.S. Love your shoes 🙂

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 16, 2010, 3:58 pm

    I’m in law school now, and I think about changing careers everyday. The one thing holding me back is $$. I’ve got law school debts and those are going to take some time to pay off. I’m not sure what I’d do instead though.

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 16, 2010, 3:59 pm

    I think its important that you were starting your journey to be a PT and then changed your mind — at least you were starting. I don’t want to live with any regrets, and if I find a “calling” like that, I’m going for it! For years I wanted to be a police officer. I went to school for it, interned at a police department, volunteered even more time at the PD and eventually started working there (as a civilian employee, not a police officer) — eventually I realized it is not for me. But, I met my husband along the way (he volunteered there as well) — so it was all worth it. Think of what I would have/could have missed by not following my dream — I never would have met my husband!

  • Emmanuelle September 16, 2010, 4:00 pm

    I studied Languages (English and Spanish) & Economics. For you US readers, I could say I majored in Languages with a minor in Economics. There was not really a career path laid down before me, and now I work as a Personal Assistant in a fun company.
    I was ok doing this for a few years, not really knowing what I wanted to be. Today, I’ve had enough of the job. I’m about to take on a new position in the same company, not what I want to do ultimately but which will give me the tools, skills, and some credibility when I set up my own business.

    I’m still in the process of finding out what I want to be. I realize as I’m typing this that the languages I studied will somehow always be helpful: for blogging, for reading amazing blogs, for yoga teacher training (doing it in London, here there’s no training for me), for a little something I have up my sleeve but still in the works.
    I think I want to be a yoga teacher and life/health coach, and still write somehow!

  • emptynutjar September 16, 2010, 4:06 pm

    I have 2 university degrees and hate my profession…I am really not good at it either (and there is fact to that…not just me saying it!). Unfortunately, I am “stuck”…not saying that as a “woe is me”…but being realistic.
    Every day I pray to God to give me the PATIENCE to give myself TIME (i’m already 29…and it could be years and years before I narrow down my exact passions and get there)…and pray to continue to summon at least the courage and strength that its still okay to live life and ACCEPT it all takes time…and accept that it is okay to “not know what it is or how to get there yet”.

  • Emma September 16, 2010, 4:10 pm

    I can completely relate to a sudden change in career path! It’s pretty amazing when fate steps in at the exact right moment and sends you down a road that brings you so much happiness and many incredible opportunities!
    Your very lucky to be where you are if you want to call it luck. I know it takes a lot of hard work but at the same time, at least in my case, I felt like things just fell into place naturally one I made the initial decision to go with the change.
    I love reading your blog by the way ;). Your personality and ambition really shine through!

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:12 pm

      thanks emma!

  • Hedda September 16, 2010, 4:16 pm

    You are very right about that, Caitlin – who knows what might happen in the future? Just see what amazing, unexpected turns your life has taken so far.
    With your attitude and passionate heart there are no limits to what you can do.

    I have “messed” around quite a bit. My parents wanted me to pursue math and similar subjects, but that realistic world just does not make my heart beat as fast as more human subjects. Right now I am working towards a degree in social anthropology, with an expertise on Central- Europe. My hope is to one day be able to work in an organization such as Red Cross or Amnesty International. Waking up and knowing that my work might make the life of one individual a bit better – can one want more?

  • Amber K September 16, 2010, 4:23 pm

    I really want to be a stay at home mom, but I didn’t think I’d be three and a half years into trying with no luck.

    I originally started going to school to be a teacher, but then decided I didn’t want to do that. Then I got an associate’s degree for administrative assistant. Turns out, no one hires unless you have a ton of experience. So all of my schooling meant nothing.

    Right now I’m actually teaching Sunday school and working in a child care during the week. So I’m back to teaching, I guess I should have stuck with that all along.

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 16, 2010, 4:42 pm

    I can’t believe how much your life has changed in a relatively short period of time! You must be so proud to be a published author. You do a great job of promoting positive body image amongst women and have helped me more than you will ever know. 🙂

  • britta September 16, 2010, 4:42 pm

    You could also sit on the edge of a chair, hold onto the sides a bit behind you, extend your legs out (and lowered down a bit) and pull them in, down (at a low recline angle, like toes almost touching the floor) and pull them back in again. This. works. like. a. charm. and gives you that “v” above the pubic bones, which looks to me to be that muscle you speak of. You can also (using the chair position) have your legs at a right angle, knees bent toes pointing to the floor and do little crunches, dipping legs down and pulling them up, keeping the right angle. Might want to do the broom one first a bit though to strengthen it, because this one I speak of it actually quite difficult.

  • Jo @JAGSfitnessblog.com September 16, 2010, 4:59 pm

    I’m 32 and I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up. I’ve done lots of different jobs – PA, secretary, sales assistant, fitness instructor. I’ve loved all of them but none of them have that something special. Still no idea what that is. I considered nursing a few years ago but don’t really fancy that now.

  • Lindsay September 16, 2010, 5:06 pm

    Where in the world did you get that adorable heart shaped bowl?! I want one!!

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:13 pm

      marshalls! but a long time ago.

  • Annalisa September 16, 2010, 5:15 pm

    I always thought I wanted some upper-management position basically I was totally career-track driven. I did awesome in sales, loved consulting, finished my MBA and began self-employment. However, when the economy tanked my income potential shrank and I saw things differently. I’m totally into being self-sufficient and much more family oriented. I value my time more than I used to. Ideally, we’ll have children in the next few years and I can be a stay at home mom. I can’t even imagine stepping foot in an office and working for someone else at this point!

  • Stacey September 16, 2010, 5:16 pm

    I was in school for THREE YEARS working towards Psychology before I realized I didn’t want to do that at all…and then switched to Dietitian. Talk about a waste of money! But it was a learning process, so I’m cool with it 😀

  • Tracey September 16, 2010, 5:22 pm

    I would be really happy if I could just start using my degree. I graduated with a Marketing Management Degree and am not even close to doing that type of work:(

    • Sophie September 16, 2010, 7:31 pm

      Me too! Although I am in banking, which is kinda close I guess..still don’t know if that’s my calling though!

    • Shannon, Tropical Eats September 16, 2010, 9:33 pm

      I graduated with Marketing too, and it seems like all of the entry level jobs out there are only in sales 🙁 Someone told me once that it takes about 10-15 years before you finally work your way up to a Marketing position in a big company

  • Pamela September 16, 2010, 5:25 pm

    My daughter is an athelete and sometimes has issues hip pain… seems to all trace back to her psoas too. Yoga helps the most. Check out this awesome website I found that shows you exactly how to isolate the psoas in different poses.
    happy stretching!

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:14 pm


  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 16, 2010, 5:38 pm

    ooooh can I just say I love that heart bowl!!!!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 16, 2010, 5:42 pm

    My bachelor’s degree is in journalism, a career I’ve since lost interest in and know I won’t pursue. I’m going to be heading in a completely different direction soon.

  • Michele September 16, 2010, 6:24 pm

    I went from full-time to part-time at my job and started going to Court Reporting School – I traveled 45 minutes one way to attend. I LOVED IT; I mean REALLY loved it. I attended 4 months (2 year program) and the school CLOSED due to financial issues. Yep; we showed up one day and the doors were locked!

    I was devastated. The next closest school was 1.5 hours away – alas, that dream never came true – life goes on!

    So love reading your blog!!

  • Whitney September 16, 2010, 6:25 pm

    My bachelor’s is in accounting. Although when I graduated I didn’t really like accounting, I thought it would be fine. But I didn’t realize that it’s hard to get up everyday and go to a job that you don’t particularly like, doing work you aren’t particularly passionate about. It’s taken me awhile to realize what I like to do, and ultimately what I want to do with my life. I’m studying to get certified as a personal trainer, and I might want to go back and become a physical therapist or registered dietitian. I have a long way to go, but I’m glad I’m still in my mid-20’s and have time to figure it out!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 16, 2010, 6:27 pm

    Glad you saw a PT for your back pain. I acutally had my lower back fused, so I can totally relate. Low back pain is NO FUN! When you’re sitting at your work station, may help to have some lumbar support with a pillow to lean back on. I know that helps me 😉

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 16, 2010, 6:33 pm

    It’s crazy how life changes sometimes! I went to school for 4 years to be a teacher and then changed my mind right before student teaching.. I knew it wasn’t for me!

  • BroccoliHut September 16, 2010, 6:36 pm

    I always thought that I wanted to be a journalist…until I discovered my passion for food. Now, I am in grad school for a master’s in nutrition:)

  • Shari September 16, 2010, 6:41 pm

    Mine change wasn’t as drastic as yours – I went (more or less) from journalism to novel writing. I graduated with a double degree in Print/Video Communications and Elementary Education, and for years I was completely focused on working in journalism. I still love it (and do freelancing), but my passion for creative writing is so strong that I want nothing more than to make it a full time career 🙂

    Glad the PT was able to give you suggestions for the back pain. I hope it helps!!

  • Jen September 16, 2010, 7:21 pm

    Dr. Jeff has never showed me that exercise. But then again, he says I’m his worst patient b/c I never pay attention 😉 I hope it helps!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 16, 2010, 7:43 pm

    I used to want to be a veterinarian, but I was scared of chemistry.

    Then I went into nutrition, only to realize that it required 5 semesters of chemistry. Go figure. 😉

    But really, I’m glad I decided to take the nutrition route. It’s such a perfect fit for me. 😀

  • Maureen September 16, 2010, 7:51 pm

    I’m in the midst of a (super secret) career change myself. I got a journalism degree, and straight out of college accepted a position with a corporate company (not writing!) Although I’m good at my job and have worked there for five years I’ve just never felt fulfilled.

    Two years ago after some major life changes (the death of my father and birth of my daughter) I started to do some MAJOR soul searching about what would make me happy. I decided to go back to school to become an English teacher (I could help people, teach, read & write……basically all the things I love in my everyday life). Long story short I’ve been taking classes at night, while still working my full time job during the day. I’m in my last class now and sometime in the near future will also need to go see my boss to quit so I can student teach in order to complete my master’s. It’s a scary prospect, but in the same respect I am so UNBELIEVABLY excited for the possibilities that the future holds.

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:16 pm


  • Laura (Starloz) September 16, 2010, 8:34 pm

    never ever think what if, i’m loving how my life is right now!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit September 16, 2010, 8:41 pm

    You could definitely still become a physical therapist someday- I think you’d be great at that! You seem to have such a friendly personality, which is good for a lot of things 🙂 I’ve definitely changed my mind about career pursuits several times already. I’m planning on heading down the RD track in the next few years, that is unless I change my mind again!

  • Wendy September 16, 2010, 8:50 pm

    My lower back gets sore and out of whack when I run high mileage, too. I <3 my chiropractor! As for career changes, I'm at the beginning of one! I'm about 5 weeks into my first year teaching. It's been a really difficult transition going from a mostly stay-at-home-mom, but I think it'll be really great in the long run. There's just SO MUCH WORK right now!

  • Cindi September 16, 2010, 9:05 pm

    I always wanted to be a teacher – at first I wanted to teach high school math (my HS math teacher had a HUGE impact in my life) – but now that I’m older, I really want to teach Geography or History! Maybe I’ll go back to school someday…

  • JessicaR September 16, 2010, 9:05 pm

    YES, I definitely want to make a change. I have been in the same job since I graduated from college almost seven years ago! It is a great small company with great people, but the pay is next-to-nothing and it is not that mentally fulfilling.

    I went down to part-time over two years ago to pursue my passion (Internet Marketing), but the economy fell apart and now I am back working full-time. It has been really rough on me. Luckily, I am recently back at it and plan to work instead on getting contracts with small businesses to do that type of work for them. I am excited! By the way, if your husband ever needs help getting his site out there, be sure to let me know! 😉

  • eatmovelove September 16, 2010, 9:14 pm

    This is a very, very tough and sore spot for me. It’s what my life centers around right now…and why I hate my life.

    I want to pursue a passion – something. I know I really like reading and writing…but that isn’t something you can just do for a living. Especially when you are $130,000 in debt just from student loans…

    It/the whole situation just tears me apart. I literally run to the bathroom at work during the day and just grip the sink trying to hold it in – only to start crying again and have to wash out my reddened wallowed eyes…

    FWIW – I am a PT – jobs aren’t what they seem. There is a lot of other stuff behind what it seems.

    I recently read Jenna’s post about not being conventional, not having to go into an office, etc…and I was envious thinking I want that too!! But I can’t be envious – she and anyone deserves their own life. I just have to pray for mine…

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:17 pm

      Eh I mean.. I don’t know. Being conventional has its benefits – like health insurance, job security… Its not always roses.

      Can you find another job in your field?

  • Wendy Irene (Give Love Create Happiness) September 16, 2010, 9:26 pm

    Absolutely! Sometimes better unexpected things happen, but that soft spot in your heart will probably always exist. However, that being said if you ever do choose it I firmly believe you don’t have to do it all right now.

  • Taylor Rae September 16, 2010, 9:32 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this!! I have been having the same problem with my lower back and went to the doctor about it not to long ago who told me it was my psoas muscle. He told me I needed to stop running (which isn’t an option for me!) or just deal with the pain, which was so bad I could barely walk for a while. I plan on doing these everyday! Thank you!!

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well September 16, 2010, 9:34 pm

    I would definitely consider changing careers or at least mixing things up when Hubs and I move next. I enjoy what I do, but I don’t want to do it for the rest of my life. I could see being happy in a lot of jobs, so we’ll see!

    You look so cute in your pictures from the PT’s office! I need to leave the house looking classy like that too — but I just can’t shake the jeans and college t-shirt thing I’ve have going on for the past seven or so years. 🙁

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 16, 2010, 9:36 pm

    Well, losing my job last year certainly has taken me on a wild ride, but I have a feeling it’s just the beginning. I have NO CLUE where my life is headed, and while that scares the crap out of me, it’s also really exciting!

    How did the book pub. company find you, btw?

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:18 pm

      A literary agent sold my book after reading the article in New York Daily News.

  • LIz September 16, 2010, 9:38 pm

    Probably giving my notice for my job next week – after a year and three months of being unfulfilled I’m done. I’m applying to graduate school for I/O psychology with the hope of moving into organizational development/management consultant to help people feel fulfilled at their jobs and make them want to come to work every day. I was paralyzed for a long time thinking about what I wanted to do. It ran the gamut from teaching to personal trainer to therapist to life coach to librarian to physical therapy to massage therapy to holistic health education to integrative psychology to nutrition….all of them have to do with helping people and holistic living. I love working with people and I love to organize things so I chose a graduate program that incorporated those two things and worried less about the specifics and figuring that going to school would at least bring me one step closer to something more fulfilling. I’m also taking off 8 months to travel so I’m super pumped about that!

  • Shauna September 16, 2010, 9:45 pm

    In two years I’m definitely going to make a career change (because at the moment I’m 19 and my “career” is being a college student. I know, I’m hilarious). Really, I’m just commenting to say that your waist and hips look AMAZING in that first picture. Your curves rule.

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:17 pm

      yay curves!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 16, 2010, 9:55 pm

    Life always sneaks up on you when you’re not expecting it, doesn’t it?

  • Julie September 16, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Here’s my question – how do you go about doing the major soul searching to figure out what will make you happy?! I’m in a position I think I like at a company I know I don’t like (it’s lacking serious management skills) but in my city in my field (construction), there isn’t any open anywhere else…and I don’t have the self-esteem to promote myself enough to switch fields, I’m afraid… I can’t decide if I should wait it out and see if I can continue to work in construction management or if I even want to do that anymore or if I should just find something else that makes me happy. My mom suggests nutrition but I don’t want to go to (i.e. study or pay for) school again (already have a bachelors in business management/HR). I just don’t know what I want!!! OH, and my husband is seriously underemployed and my salary pays our bills! Help! 🙂

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:18 pm

      i would say – soul search in ways beyond your job. Volunteer, read books, travel when you can… the answer will come to you.

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) September 16, 2010, 10:08 pm

    I also applied to PT school, got accepted to one school, but decided not to go because of the cost and the time commitment. I have been teaching for three years but really do not like going to work each day. I’m looking for a career change!

  • Allison September 16, 2010, 11:24 pm

    Yeahhhhh, this definitely strikes a chord with me.

    I’ve done theatre my entire life. Loved acting forever and majored in Theatre. But, I’ve always had a lot of other interests, too, which is why I changed my major to Humanities during my sophomore year. Now, as I approach graduation, I’m pulled in all sorts of different directions: photography, music, art, writing, film, documentary studies, nutrition, vegetarian cooking, etc, etc…. I have so many interests, but no definite passion! They all combat with each other and leave me saying, “Hey guys, can’t one of you officially come over to my side!” Hasn’t happened yet, though. And it’s killing me!

    P.S. Love your blog. It’s so inspiring.

  • Tyler September 16, 2010, 11:30 pm

    It’s crazy to think what could have been and what life will become. 2 1/2 years ago, I was in school to be an elementary school teacher when I got married. I’m now a full time Army Wife and spend my time volunteering my time within my Husband’s Company. I will eventually finish my degree but volunteering for something bigger than you is such a great feeling. Especially knowing these men and women fight for my right to do what I do every day!

  • Ryan @ Fat Loss Informant September 17, 2010, 12:31 am

    My Sensei in Karate has been experiencing back pain and I asked him about it. He has been putting his feet against a wall, while lying on the ground so that his legs are upright with his body fitting into the curve of the wall and floor then does low impact crunches.

    he says as long as he does it every day, it seems to help the pain.

    Thanks for the post!
    Talk to ya soon,
    Ryan “The Fat Loss Informant”

  • Amy @ Amy Starts To Run September 17, 2010, 2:57 am

    Once upon a time, I was convinced I wanted to go to vet school. I majored in Zoology and was set in my route. I soon realized this was not what I wanted to do, and went started a career in science, and I consider myself to lucky to have found such a lucrative career path. But I find myself at a crossroads again. I’m not sure if what I want to do, but I know I need to make a change.

  • tina September 17, 2010, 3:04 am

    I’ve been a mom, a first aid/CPR instructor and a few other odd jobs in the medical field over the last 10 years. All I really wanted to do is be a registered dietitian but I’m scared to death of the classes. I start back to school next semester. Scared and excited are two words that come to mind. I’m so proud of you for following through on the book. Im proof its not too late if you want to come back to the PT route later.

  • tina September 17, 2010, 3:05 am

    I’ve been a mom, a first aid/CPR instructor and a few other odd jobs in the medical field over the last 10 years. All I really wanted to do is be a registered dietitian but I’m scared to death of the classes. I start back to school next semester. Scared and excited are two words that come to mind. I’m so proud of you for following through on the book. Im proof its not too late if you want to come back to the PT route later.

  • elaine! September 17, 2010, 4:45 am

    I wanted to be a writer, and got a job at a magazine… But I didn’t really like that kind of journalism. So I started learning web development. Now I’m a programmer, but I think I still want to write. Just something different. 🙂

    I’m really excited that your doctor might have found a way to alleviate your knee pain!! Running should not hurt that much, and I’ve been hoping you could find the root of the problem. Good luck, I hope it helps!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 17, 2010, 7:40 am

    I was headed towards becoming a doctor, but then I switched programs to nutrition, so now I’m on the path that I want to be on!

    I don’t think there’s necessarily one right path for us though. I mean, you wanted to be a physical therapist, but then your blog and the book came along and this seems to be a really good career fit for you! I think there are always multiple jobs that we can be equally as happy doing. But if you do decide you want to go into PT in the future, it’s never too late! 🙂

  • Kennedy September 17, 2010, 7:53 am

    I’m in the process of making a career change right now! After doing a BA in Communications at university, I took a post-grad Public Relations program and got a job at a non-profit doing PR/Communications. At first I loved it. I still think it’s okay, but mostly because I love to write.

    Since starting my blog (and reading yours and others’) I’ve become so interested in healthy living, nutrition and fitness that I’ve decided to go back to school to try to become a Registered Dietitian. I’m taking high school chemistry through correspondence right now – it’s tough. I don’t know how you managed to take college courses at night while working full-time… you are INSANE! In a good way 🙂

  • TC September 17, 2010, 9:36 am

    All of these job-related comments are making me feel a million times better about my own situation. Thank you to all the commentators for giving me perspective. I’m still not where I want to be career-wise, but it’s a path not a destination!

  • Sana September 18, 2010, 12:13 am

    I would prolly take up your whole blog if I started talking about what I plan to do in the future. It will be epic 🙂

  • Jenny September 19, 2010, 9:35 am

    I heart your shoes in these photos!

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