How about a little kick in your oats?


Double Shot Oatmeal – it’s baaaaack!  I don’t know about you, but I love all things coffee-flavored. Especially coffee ice cream.  However, coffee ice cream might not be the best choice for the most important meal of the day, so let’s stick with these coffee oats, mmmkay?


On the stovetop:


1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup soy milk

1 very ripe banana

1/2 tablespoon instant coffee

Toppings: a sprinkle of brown sugar, blueberries, coconut


It’s that time again… FAQ Monday!


What did you want to be when you grew up?  I’m not sure that I had any specific career aspirations in high school, but I did do to a year of business school when I began college.  I thought I was going to go into marketing or public relations.  However, I switched my major to writing after a year.  I volunteered for Sexual Assault Services for four years and considered going to graduate school to do therapy but decided against it.  I started freelance writing when I was 18, and then, I worked as an urban planner for 3.5 years.  When I was 24, I applied to study to become a physical therapist… But clearly, life had other plans!  Basically, I don’t think I ever knew what I wanted to be when I ‘grew up.’  And that’s okay.


Fun fact:  The Husband was torn between becoming a sports psychologist and an acupuncturist.  He was actually England’s amateur National Prep School Champion in golf when he was 13 and had aspirations of going pro; that’s why he was interested in sports psychology.  He seriously weighed both options but ended up going to graduate school for holistic medicine and now owns his own clinic


Did your parents expect you to do chores as a kid?  Did you get an allowance?  My parents divorced when I was 7 or 8, so I spent every other weekend at my mom’s or dad’s house.  At each parent’s house, I had a list of chores to do.  At mom’s, I was responsible for bathing my two dogs twice a month, as well as walking them daily.  I helped do stuff like clean the bathrooms, too.  At my dad’s, I was responsible for cleaning the bathrooms twice a month.  No wonder I hate to do the bathrooms now!  I got an allowance (I think from both parents?) but it wasn’t tied closely to chores – more for good behavior.


Link back to an oldie but goodie post.  The Emotional Side of Injuries <—How to deal with the stress of an injury or illness when it’s impacting your workouts.


Your turn!  Answer one (or all) of the questions above.  I’ll randomly pick a winner to receive a copy of the new Healthy Tipping Point book.

NEW! Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You

What career did you aspire to as a kid?  Did you do chores?  Link back to a great post of yours if you’re a blogger, too, or a great post by a blog that you read.



  • Linz @ Itz Linz May 7, 2012, 7:23 am

    I wanted to be a teacher and that’s what I grew up to be! 🙂 I always knew. My three siblings and I did do chores, but nothing that we had to each week. We were all expected to help out and take care of ourselves, each other, and the house. No allowance, but we were very fortunate growing up and learned to appreciate the little things and money and what we were given. I’m linking back to my “Itz FitFluential” post because I’m still super excited to be an Ambassador! 🙂

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 7, 2012, 7:29 am

    I wanted to be a teacher – I wrote a paper about it in 3rd grade. From 3rd grade – college, I changed my mind a million times – from Forensic Scientist to Nurse to Psychologist.. and many other things.

    After graduating, I remembered where my heart really was – in the classroom. I got my masters in Education – and am finishing up my second year of teaching!!

  • Catherine May 7, 2012, 7:32 am

    I have always wanted to be a teacher, and now I’m finishing up my third year as an elementary education major with a concentration in language arts. In fact, I’m about to do my student teaching next fall!

  • SaraRM May 7, 2012, 7:33 am

    Kind of a funny story… I wrote a paper when I was in 3rd grade about becoming a model and had to research how to do it. I have no clue why, but I think mostly bc all my friends said they wanted to be teachers and I wanted something different. My teacher told me that wasnt realistic. Talk about dream crusher.

    I did chores on occasion, I didnt listen well then my mom would end up doing them. What a brat! I have apoligized since then ha.

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon May 7, 2012, 7:34 am

    That’s quite a bit of bathroom cleaning at a young age!

    My career aspirations have changed quite a bit over the years. As an elementary school girl, I wanted to be a carpenter. My parents encouraged me to set my sights a bit higher so then I wanted to be architect. In high school, I wanted to be a fashion designer….and then a physicist. When I started college, I wanted to be a genetic counselor and then, by sophomore year, an MD. Now, I’m about to graduate and want to go into public health!

  • Tina May 7, 2012, 7:36 am

    When I was younger, I dreamed about being the first female president of the U.S.! But now, it seems like such a stressful job that I wouldn’t want in a million years. I still dream about making change in the world, though in smaller, more local ways.

  • Michelle C. May 7, 2012, 7:39 am

    I wanted to be a dentist when I grew up. Unfortunately, I was never any good at science. I considered almost every non-science oriented career during college – I probably changed by major ten times – before ultimately deciding to go to law school.

  • Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl May 7, 2012, 7:47 am

    I wanted to be an equine vet when I grew up. I was accepted into a magnet school in Fl so I could start pre-vet courses but sadly we had to move and I didn’t get to go to that school. At that point I lost my interest in being a vet and instead got a business degree. Now I’m a web analyst for a technology company.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery May 7, 2012, 7:54 am

    Until the 3rd grade I was adamant I would be an actress. Then in the 3rd grade I decided I’d be a financial consultant and get an MBA from Harvard (I even had all the admissions criteria printed out). Yes, I was a little too prepared too early, in other words, weird. Now I’m graduating in 6 days with a degree in Philosophy. How times have changed 🙂

    My favorite post: What nobody tells you about an eating disorder:

  • Hillary May 7, 2012, 7:54 am

    Fun fact: when I was three years old, I told my grandmother that I wanted to be a fish when I grew up. I remember not understanding what was so funny about that response!

    • CaitlinHTP May 7, 2012, 7:55 am

      i want to be a fish too 🙂

  • Heather May 7, 2012, 7:57 am

    I choose my collage because it had a Historic Preservation major. I thought I could use the degree to work at a historic site ( Williamsburg?) or in a museum. I barely made it through Historic Preservation 101. But I flew thorugh all my computer courses and got to the point that I would do my computer science homework as a reward to myself for finishing other chores. 7 years in to a career in programming I realized the best part of my day was when I got to test my and other developer’s programs, so I started training to be a software tester…the career is still evolving! 🙂

    I had chores and I had allowance but I don’t think they were connected. The allowance was to teach me fiscal responsibility. I had to put a portion of it in “savings” ( a bag in my dad’s sock drawer) and a portion to the church.

    • CaitlinHTP May 7, 2012, 7:59 am

      I love that your parents made you separate out your allowance to savings/church. I am definitely going to do something similar with my kiddos.

  • Nicole N. May 7, 2012, 8:02 am

    Growing up I was expected to do the dishes with my siblings after dinner and I hated it- to this day I will do anything to avoid the dishes (thankfully my husband is willing to do them! ) other than that chores were not terribly regulated, we would go through spurts of having chore charts or set jobs etc but it didn’t stick.

    Most days though we would all pitch in and tidy at the end of the day either we would set a timer and clean for five minutes our we would each have to put away ten things, it was always a game and I still use this tactic for myself!

  • Kara Mitchell May 7, 2012, 8:03 am

    When I was very young, I wanted to be a butterfly 🙂 When I actually understood that that wouldn’t happen, I wanted to become a teacher. I just graduated with my masters in education and can’t wait to make it happen!

  • Army Amy* May 7, 2012, 8:03 am

    When I was little, I wanted to be a vet. When I learned of all the gross things they have to do, I changed my mind. Now I’m a teacher. My husband studied animal science in college bc he wanted to be a vet school. We decided vet school wasn’t really in the cards. Now he’s in the Army.*

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 7, 2012, 8:05 am

    Fun post! When I was little I wanted to be a baker for the longest time. I always loved going to Safeway and peeking behind the bakery counter to see what they were making, and the thought of getting to do that every day sounded awesome to me. It probably wouldn’t surprise you that my easy bake oven was my favourite toy! As for chores and allowance, yes and yes! I had to unload and load the dishwasher, clean my room, and help with house cleaning by cleaning the downstairs bathroom. I can’t remember how much I got for my allowance, but I think it got a bigger as I got older. I plan to do the same with my kids some day!

  • Cassidy May 7, 2012, 8:07 am

    When I was little, I wanted to be an artist.

  • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl May 7, 2012, 8:07 am

    Career – I wanted to be a dentist! Mainly because my mom was a dentist and thought that I should follow in her footsteps. I lasted 1 semester as a pre-med / Bio major before quickly realizing it wasn’t for me.

    As for chores – I didn’t have set weekly chores but instead was expected to help out for “family projects” like weeding the garden. It was nice but I think I would have rather had little weekly chores instead of big weekend ones where I couldn’t play with friends!

    I live abroad (in Holland) at the moment and wrote a post about “The Skinny On Europe” about why European women are so slender and slim yet they eat a lot of cheese, bread and drink tons of wine, things which are typically labeled as “bad for us” in the States. I think it fits in well with the other foodies who read HTP 🙂

  • Katie D. May 7, 2012, 8:08 am

    When I was little I wanted to be a photographer (before there were digital cameras!) but quickly lost interest in that.

  • Sarah R May 7, 2012, 8:09 am

    When I was a kid, I wanted to help people. I thought about all types of things. Being a nurse, or doctor, maybe I could cure cancer! So, I became an engineer. Which might not initially make sense. It’s easy to see how a career in nursing helps people. It’s harder to see that for an engineer. But I am an engineer who worries about the human. It is my job to make their job better, easier, faster. Literally the work I do improves their job situation. And a lot of the work I do is in support of our military, and I really enjoy knowing that I am helping the people who are serving out country. It’s like my way of serving too.

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) May 7, 2012, 8:12 am

    In today’s culture it is frowned upon for a high school young adult to aspire to be a stay at home mother. That was my dream, although again, I was told that was not a career. I am thrilled to say we’re adding 3 more children in the next few months for a total of 7 children…and I doubt we’re done at that!

  • Mariell @ HealthyPantz May 7, 2012, 8:15 am

    As a kid, I always to be the author who wrote the next “Babysitter’s Club” series book. I adored those books, so I wanted to think up the next equally fabulous series. (That obviously did not happen, and I continued to be a loyal reader.)

    Since I’ve finally started writing my own blog, I’ll link to my first post, since I’m so excited about the venture. It might not be the Babysitter’s Club, but I’m having fun with it nonetheless. 🙂

  • Sarah Shep May 7, 2012, 8:19 am

    I actually just graduated from college this past weekend, and I still don’t really know what I want to be when I grow up. My degree is in Exercise Science, and hopefully after my internship this summer with a health institute I’ll be able to work my way towards an answer to that question. Hopefully. 🙂

  • bonnie May 7, 2012, 8:20 am

    When i was a kid, i always wrote crazy adventure stories and expected to be a writer. Then at one point, i wanted to be a firefighter.

    I had really long hair when i was young so my mom had to give me a dollar to get me to brush my hair. After i started brushing my hair on my own, i would get 5 dollars from my dad for good behavior i guess. But that was sporadic. If i wanted money for something i had to ask, and unless it was crazy expensive i usually got it.

    I dont have a blog, so i’ll tell you what i did yesterday: i got to see the annapolis symphony orchestra’s 50th anniversary performance… my boyfriend won tickets on the radio! Happy monday!

  • Allison May 7, 2012, 8:20 am

    I love that you used your Menchies spoon for your breakfast. I use mine for ice cream (for dessert!).

    I wanted to be an astronaut. In 2nd grade music class, we sang this song “mission control (do you read me)” and I thought going to space was the ultimate dream job.

  • Jessica May 7, 2012, 8:21 am

    growing up I wanted to be a teacher..but now I work in Financial Aid…for the state…I used to be at a college. My first job was selling car parts at a distrubution center. LOL…I ended up marrying a teacher 🙂
    I helped my mom with all the chores growing up, I didnt get an allowance…but on Saturdays we would all wake would cook pancakes, and then we would clean in our pjs. Our reward: going the mall for window shopping afterward.

  • jen May 7, 2012, 8:22 am

    “when i grow up” (i’m 28) i want to be a writer 🙂

  • Lee May 7, 2012, 8:26 am

    Aside from walking the dog, I don’t really remember having too many chores when I was a kid. Probably explains why I’m so bad at cleaning as an adult!

  • Stacie May 7, 2012, 8:27 am

    I wanted to be a marine biologist. I ended up a biologist so pretty close! As to chores, I had to help set and clear the table as well as make my bed everyday. No bathrooms, thankfully!

    I am fairly new to blogging and think my most recent post on wine frustrations in NJ is the funniest so the url will take you there. (

    • Stacie May 7, 2012, 8:28 am

      Clicking on my name is fastest 😉

  • Yin May 7, 2012, 8:32 am

    I was really interested in dinosaurs since third grade so of course I wanted to be a paleontologist 🙂

  • Jessica May 7, 2012, 8:36 am

    I wanted to be a teacher forever…when I started college my plan was to be a secondary ed teacher. But I lived in Michigan and teaching jobs were few and far between…since I was never going to leave the state I switched to psychology. Now I live in Maryland and I have a job doing nothing related to psychology 🙁 and I wish I would have become a teacher. I guess its never too late! And yes I did chores. I remember when I was pretty young my dad told me he would give me 50 cents for taking the garbage in and out. I did it for a while and then decided it was too much work for only 50 cents. Instead of asking for a raise I stopped doing it. So then my brother started and got paid by my mom and was making $1. Not cool! 🙂

  • Tamicka May 7, 2012, 8:41 am

    This is going to sound so bad but my mom never really had me do chores. She would occassionaly ask me to do something but it was never like a set standard. I didn’t even clean my room or make my own bed until I went to college. As for the last part she’d sneak in my room while I was in the shower and do it. By 13 this was an invasion of privacy. When I had to live with my aunt and uncle for 6 months when I was 13 though I was literally their maid and live in nanny. Talk about a contrast of situations

  • Brittney May 7, 2012, 8:42 am

    I really wanted to be an astronaut when I was little! We even had a club at my elementary school and I remember designing patches for the astronaut suits. I was also obsessed with the movie “Space Camp”. The dream died when I realized I had zero aptitude for math or science and probably wasn’t going to go into a field that was going to get me in to the space program.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 7, 2012, 8:47 am

    I had a list of daily chores a mile long when I was a kid. I think that’s why I don’t ask too much of my kids other than to help with the dishwasher occasionally and to keep their rooms clean (which is almost impossible). I felt like all I did was clean up everything as a kid. It’s a balance, but I think they are better about doing things knowing they are helping me and not just working for me.

  • Kristin @ Stop the Planet...I want to get off May 7, 2012, 8:49 am

    My parents were also divorced. I always say I’m glad for it too, because they got mad about completely different stuff and if they’d been together we would have gotten in trouble for everything. Anyway, at mom’s we didn’t have to do any chores. She even made our beds. Therefore, it was fun to get to dust for a day! At dad’s we had to do bed-making, dishes, laundry, vacuuming, everything. No balance totally sucked.

  • Amanda @ Veggies n Dogs May 7, 2012, 8:51 am

    When I was in Kindergarten and we did a class about what we wanted to be, I said that I wanted to be a dog! I have always been, and still am obsessed with dogs (hence my blog name Veggies n Dogs). Throughout my years growing up, I never did figure out how to become a dog, so I became a Dietitian instead. I do wish that I was able to figure out how to be a dog, because I’m thinking it is a pretty good lifestyle 🙂 I hope I would have an owner would takes my bike riding

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 7, 2012, 8:52 am

    I never got an allowance until I was in middle school, but I earned money by babysitting, and then my parents also paid us to “babysit” each other when they went out to dinner. Basically my little brother got about 50 cents an hour so he felt included (he was much younger) and my brother and I were paid about $1 to $2 an hour just to keep things in line (don’t worry, my older brother was at least in 6th grade when this started).

  • Dori May 7, 2012, 9:02 am

    When I was really little, I wanted to be a weather girl (having no idea you had to study science to do that). When I was a little older, about 9, I wanted to be a Fly Girl on In Living Color. Obviously that did not work out.

  • Faith @ For the Health of It May 7, 2012, 9:03 am

    I love coffee flavored oats – coffee in green monsters is awesome too!

  • Lindsey May 7, 2012, 9:06 am

    Thank you for linking back to the emotional side of injury post, I’ve been injured and have been STRUGGLING to change my attitude about the situation.
    I was expected to do chores growing up but it seems that most weeks my mom would “forget” to give me my allowance 🙂

  • Allison May 7, 2012, 9:06 am
  • Meghan May 7, 2012, 9:08 am

    I am so relieved that you didn’t know what you wanted to be when you grew up either! I’m 31 and am looking at going back to school to try something new. Like you, I’ve never known what I wanted to be and the thought of doing the same thing for the next several decades concerns (depresses, scares, bores) me. There is too much in life to do the same thing the whole time! Hopefully I’ll figure it all out AND be able to pay off all the incurring student debt. 🙂

  • Sharon May 7, 2012, 9:09 am

    As a child, I had high hopes to be a vet. I wanted to work with and help animals all day. When I shadowed a vet for a day and fainted during my first cat spay, I figured I should rethink my career goals. I’m now an accountant!

  • Laura May 7, 2012, 9:10 am

    I always wanted to be a doctor when I was a kid.. even went to a medical camp thing when I was in middle school one summer. Not so much now, but I am thinking about going back to school to be an RD.

    I always had to do the dishes as a kid and my twin brother had to take out the trash. Could be why I hardly ever do the dishes now! lol

  • Lindsey May 7, 2012, 9:14 am

    I changed my mind a lot – a marine biologist (Flipper days!), a lawyer, a teacher – even went to school for a year for this one… and I ended up in Marketing.
    I only had to keep my room clean and then babysit my younger brothers.

  • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife May 7, 2012, 9:14 am

    I wanted to be a teacher and I liked art, so in second grade, I wanted to be an art teacher. Now I’m a structural engineer. I still like drawing though. Building models is one of my favorite parts about my job. I’m very visual.

  • Sara May 7, 2012, 9:18 am

    I always wanted to be a singer. Still do. Eventually I’ll get to a place where I will not allow the fear to override the desire. Until then I’ll stick with the theory that if every day I am singing, then I am a singer.

  • Laurel May 7, 2012, 9:25 am

    I always wanted to be pastry chef. I still have fantasies about quitting my current life and opening an adorable bakery somewhere. It isn’t practical right now, but I still want to do it when I retire from my current career!

  • Margaret May 7, 2012, 9:31 am

    As a kid I wanted to be either an artist, a Broadway star, or a vet. That eventually morphed into a singing physician. I am about to graduate from medical school and will be starting my pediatric residency this summer…and I still sing as much as I can!

  • Erin D May 7, 2012, 9:31 am

    I wanted to be a teacher or nurse when I grew up…my junior year in college I dropped education as a major & am going to go back for nursing school next January!

  • Julia May 7, 2012, 9:38 am

    Now I also understand why your husband is so good at handling the golf club. I just remembered the video you posted a while back.

    • CaitlinHTP May 7, 2012, 9:50 am

      hahah – yeah! many afternoons spent on the greens as a kiddo.

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries May 7, 2012, 9:40 am

    i always wanted to be a teacher when i grew up!

  • Amanda May 7, 2012, 9:41 am

    Like you, I started off on the business track and then switched to English. Now I’m working in accounting and know that it’s not a forever job. I’d like to work in something relating to health and/or cooking, hopefully with my own business.

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras May 7, 2012, 9:42 am

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be a professional actor – and I am one! Whenever I get discouraged by a crappy audition or not getting a part, I remind myself that I’m living 5-year-old Katie’s dream 🙂

  • Jenny May 7, 2012, 9:50 am

    The only set chore that I had was cleaning off the table after dinner. Otherwise my brother and I were just expected to help clean on Saturdays and did whatever my mom asked us. We usually fought over who was stuck dusting–the least favorite chore in the house 🙂 We got money for A’s and B’s on our report cards, but not for doing chores.

  • Katy May 7, 2012, 9:52 am

    I always wanted to be a teacher. I am a career counselor but I get to teach some classes too!

  • Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride May 7, 2012, 9:53 am

    So interesting the paths your career has taken you!

    I wanted to be an actress when I grew up! I even drew a picture of myself winning an academy award and my made my Mom hang it up on the fridge. I’m a corporate librarian now…not quite the same as acting!

  • clare @ fittingitallin May 7, 2012, 9:56 am

    When I was really little, like 5, I legit told people I wanted to be a clown when I grew up. That didn’t pan out.

    Oh and chores – I was in charge of setting the table each night! but no allowance.

  • Andrea May 7, 2012, 9:57 am

    I definitely did chores as a kid. With both parents working full time it’s inevitable that kids have to help out. I would wake up on the weekend and there would be the dreaded list written on the family whiteboard – we would have to do things such as vacuuming, washing floors, cleaning bathrooms, dusting, grocery shopping…as a young adult still living with my parents I still do chores! Although it’s not as formal now. I just sort of help out when needed. I am definitely going to get a cleaning lady when I live on my own though, and sacrifice other things to make it work with my budget. Yes – I hate cleaning that much!

  • Amy May 7, 2012, 9:58 am

    From the age of 5 I wanted to be a teacher. 15 years after graduating from college and I stil am! 🙂

  • Howdy from NYC May 7, 2012, 10:00 am

    My brother and I had to do more chores than anyone we knew. We had a “job board” that took up almost an entire wall and it was split between daily chores and weekly chores that we had to complete before we could do anything else. Awesome.

    Looking back, I’m thankful, but at the time I was so. annoyed.


  • Laura May 7, 2012, 10:02 am

    I was convinced that I would be a marine biologist and really didn’t change my find until later in high school. Now I work in Public Relations and love my job.

  • Jenn May 7, 2012, 10:05 am

    I definitely had chores to do, but I didn’t get an allowance. I had to dust, and I still hate that chore to this day!! That’s what my kids have to do now:) I specifically remember having to dust the bottoms of the bar stools (which were that curly iron and a total PITA!).

  • Mel May 7, 2012, 10:13 am

    It was my lifelong dream as a kid to be the next Katie Couric and co-host The Today Show. But then, I took my first broadcasting class in college and decided that I absolutely hated it. Now I’m in the Peace Corps working as a Youth Development volunteer. Not quite sure where my path will take me post-Peace Corps! But I’m happily along for the ride. 🙂

    PS- Very cool about your volunteer work! That’s an issue that’s close to my heart.

  • Lucy May 7, 2012, 10:18 am

    When i was growing up i wanted to work in a chocolate shop so much. I always had chores to do to earn my allowance when i was growing up like washing the dishes or hanging out laundry etc. i think it prepared me better for adult life 🙂

  • Ali May 7, 2012, 10:39 am

    I grew up as the youngest of 5 so we all had chores. They varied, but I was setting the table by 4, doing dishes by 6, and cooking dinner by 8. We all had to start doing our own laundry by 13. And we didn’t get an allowance!

  • Ashlyn May 7, 2012, 10:40 am

    No allowance–just had to ask mom and dad if I wanted something. They said no a lot. 🙂

  • Cayce May 7, 2012, 10:45 am

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be a dancer at Dollywood, the theme park owned by Dolly Parton. Sad, but true.

  • Elaine C May 7, 2012, 10:45 am

    A totally motivational blog post that I found the other day: (not my blog but it completely clicked with me).

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life May 7, 2012, 10:46 am

    When I was a little girl, probably around 4 or 5, and was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was simple… A cheerleader and a waitress! Pretty ambitious, I know. My parents must have been so proud when I had achieved both of my life goals by the age of 17! 😉

  • Robin May 7, 2012, 10:49 am

    I wanted to be a dentist, a vet, an international stewardess, a teacher, and about 10 other things! It’s good to dream!

  • katrina May 7, 2012, 10:50 am

    When I was really young, I wanted to be a model/actress, hahaha. Then in high school, I wanted to get into computers after I picked up html on my own as a hobby. My mother convinced me into nursing like her, and I actually like it 🙂

    I didn’t get an allowance. My parents just told us to ask if we needed anything and/or if they felt like giving money for no reason. I did used to get $1 for ever 100 I made in elementary school papers, but it was short lived.

  • Carly May 7, 2012, 10:53 am

    When I was growing up I always wanted to be a veterinarian. Part of me still wishes that I would have gone down that road…. But, teacher it is! On the other hand, my husband knew since he was about 12 that he wanted to be a chef, and now he most definitely is a chef. He is from Pittsburgh and went to PA Culinary – right by you at Pitt!

  • Sara May 7, 2012, 10:53 am

    I wanted to be a teacher or dentist when growing up. I am a writer for a PR department now … ha

  • Allie May 7, 2012, 10:58 am

    I wanted to be a repo man as a kid after watching shows with my dad about reposession hah!

  • Mac May 7, 2012, 11:00 am

    Dolphin trainer! Wish I would’ve gone that route lol

  • Erin May 7, 2012, 11:02 am

    I wanted to be a paleontologist when I was a kid. I LOVED dinosaurs and wanted to study everything about them. I’m not sure why I didn’t pursue that, but I graduated with an English degree. Now I’m in Business school.

  • Abbey May 7, 2012, 11:06 am

    I’ve wanted to be several things throughout my life. I wanted to be a nurse when I was young because my aunt was a nurse. Then I fainted at the sight of blood — so that was obviously out. When I graduated high school one of the parents had kept drawings from first grade that each of us did. She put them in with our portfolios and it said that I wanted to be an artist. The picture is awful and needless to say, I am not an artist. When I was picking my major I was scanning the college guide and asking my dad what various professions were. I wanted to be an attorney when I graduated but I did not like the idea of 7 years of schooling. So when I landed on paralegal and my dad told me that a paralegal was an attorney’s assistant I was sold! Now I’ve been a paralegal for 6 years and love it!

  • Nena May 7, 2012, 11:11 am

    When I was a little girl I told my mother that I wanted to be a writer and she told me that writers didn’t make any money, lol. I’m in Paralegal Studies right now, but I still enjoy writing.

    When I was about 8 years old I was watching my mom do the dishes and asked her if I could try it, lol, boy did I regret that one. She than assigned me dishes every Wednesday. There’s video of me miserably doing dishes.

  • Chelsea May 7, 2012, 11:20 am

    I’ve gone from so many things. Wanting to teach, counselor, pediatrics, and now physical therapy hahah. This is all in a matter of like two years as well. It doesn’t help since I’m in college right now trying to figure it out either.

  • Dione May 7, 2012, 11:24 am

    I used to have to wash dishes – and with a family of 6 that was a lot of dishes!!

  • Laura is Undeterrable May 7, 2012, 11:29 am

    When I was growing up I really wanted to be an artist. I don’t have any artistic skills and I didn’t know what it would entail, but maybe I just liked the sound of it? Then I wanted to be a disney on ice performer (I was actually a figure skater, so this one makes sense) then a doctor, then an english teacher, then an accountant. Now, I know I definitely don’t want to be an accountant. I’m thinking fitness instructor.

  • Hope @ Positively Hope May 7, 2012, 11:29 am

    For a while I wanted to be a monkey trainer (I don’t actually know if that’s a real thing!), but once I realized that it probably wasn’t the most practical career path, I decided I wanted to be a doctor. Now I’m two years into college with absolutely NO idea what I want to do with my life – I’ll figure it out one day, and I’m perfectly happy with that 🙂

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction May 7, 2012, 11:31 am

    I never really knew what I wanted to do when I was kid either! At one point I wanted to become a pro tennis player, but the margin is so small for athletes so that didn’t exactly pan out!

  • Crystal May 7, 2012, 11:33 am

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher…specifically later an English teacher. I’d line all of my stuffed animals up and “teach” them from a workbook I had. I also had a real grade book too! lol However, in highschool I changed from that to a dietician or psychologist. I ended up majoring n psych and getting a minor in nutrition. Now I’m about to finish grad school for marriage and family therapy!

  • TiffanyS May 7, 2012, 11:34 am

    At first I wanted to be a teacher or a dr like Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, then a microbiologist, and then a lawyer. I took the LSAT and decided that wasn’t for me. Now I’m almost done with my Masters in Leadership and work in HR. I think I want to work with people when I grow up someday! LOL! Oh, I had chores believe you me. I was the oldest, so my main chore was taking care of my baby brother since we were 8 years apart. I also had to do my share of dishes/cleaning and cooking when I was old enough. I still love to cook, but the rest of cleaining….Eeewww!

  • AlisonJ May 7, 2012, 11:37 am

    I wanted to be a veterinarian. As I got older, things changes & my aspirations did. As well as my allergies – I became allergic to cats! That would have been a tough one!

  • Coco May 7, 2012, 11:38 am

    What did I want to be when I grew up? It changed from week to week, and I STILL am unsure of what my career future holds. I wanted to be a ballet dancer, a doctor, a Broadway performer, a novelist, and then a therapist…now I AM a therapist and I am considering a major change!

    Here’s a link to a post I wrote about sexual assault:

    I think it’s an important issue, even if it’s kind of a “downer”!

  • lina May 7, 2012, 11:38 am

    I wanted to be a dancer, gymnast, baker, or poet. But also (and most especially) a Mom.

  • Sana May 7, 2012, 11:39 am

    I have no idea about my future….

  • Hayley May 7, 2012, 11:46 am

    I wanted to be an actress, writer, or dancer. I was so artsy. Now I’m a nutritionist, which I love, but I wish I still made time for my creative outlets.

  • Jamie May 7, 2012, 11:49 am

    I went through a lot of things that I wanted to be- a judge, a marine biologist, an astronaut, a graphic designer. I went to college to be a teacher and now I am working in the accounting department for an oil company. I absolutely hate it and am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up at 29.

  • Holly May 7, 2012, 11:50 am

    This is going to sound completely corny and hokey but I always wanted to be a mom. It was always my chosen profession when playing pretend as a little girl 🙂 I played with dolls way longer than was probably socially acceptable. As a teenager and later in college anytime someone would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up I always chose jobs where I knew it would be easier for me to have a family. Honestly thats what led me to be a teacher (I teach high school). I love working with kids and really the schedule just works for me (staying home is not a financial option) to work outside of the home and still be there a substanial amount of time with my kids (summers off baby :))

  • Kathleen Ojo @ Onward; Inward May 7, 2012, 11:54 am

    I’ve never known what I wanted to be when I grew up – I’ve always kind of floated from job to job. I’m still not involved in anything I would consider my “career” (and I’m 27!) but I think I’m getting it figured out. We got $20 every two weeks as allowance, for doing the dishes, vacuuming, and picking up the house before my mom got home from work every day. Aaaaaand, here’s a link to my most recent post, all about nursery decorating!

    I hope I win your book!

  • Rachel May 7, 2012, 11:55 am

    When I was really young (like 6) I wanted to be a teacher, and I would always ‘teach’ my dolls. Then for most of my life, I wanted to work in the horse industry, and I worked (and rode) at horse barns throughout high school and college. I graduated college and worked full time at a stable, then realized I wanted to go back to school and become a librarian. I wanted education and learning to always be a part of my life. I love my new career path, and even my library-career path hasn’t gone the way I first envisioned. I work more on the academic, research side (information technology) of the field, and I initially though I would go into public libraries. It’s weird how your life turns out from what you imagined as a child.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 7, 2012, 11:57 am

    I was a weird kid – I wanted to be a zoologist! I had all these books on animals and I was constantly reciting facts about them haha. 😛

  • C.J. May 7, 2012, 11:58 am

    I’ve always wanted to be an author, since the first grade. My dreams have varied widely since then but have always settled back on writing!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu May 7, 2012, 12:10 pm

    I didn’t have to do chores, and now I have the hardest time making myself clean, and I actually wish my parents would have made me! Growing up, I always wanted to do performing arts from the time I could speak pretty much. I wanted to be a famous actor, then a famous singer, then I wanted to be on Broadway. Now I’m pretty happy to still be in performing arts, but doing mostly directing and choreography, and hopefully I will eventually get my masters so I can teach at a university.

  • Kristin point May 7, 2012, 12:11 pm

    I had to do dishes ( hated it), bathroom and seasonal yard work (slave labor lol). Immthe oldest of 7 children so i watched them too i didn’t get an allowence from my parents but my grandma would always give me money when I helped her out.

  • Leatitia @ The Sweetest Year May 7, 2012, 12:13 pm

    When I was little, I wanted to be a doctor because I thought it was a prestigious job (it is!) and would make my parents proud (it would have!). But when I started taking science classes in high school I knew that wasn’t for me! I was really bad in those classes, I passed, but I had to study a lot and it didn’t come naturally to me.

    I later wanted to work with computers because I spent my days working on websites in my teen years (nerd!). I now work as a computer/technology manager. 🙂

    I used to get an allowance when I was young, maybe a dollar or two a week, also for good behavior. My mother asked us to clean our rooms, but other than that the poor woman did everything herself. As an adult now that has to take care of a house, clean, cook, etc. I realized how much work it was for her with 4 young kids and a full time job!

    Good oldie: Running 500 meters with my 2 years old niece (she’s 5 now!)

  • Lori May 7, 2012, 12:15 pm

    I was always involved in dance as a young child, so I wanted to be a professional choreographer and design dance routines for music videos. My passions changed throughout the years and I never pursued my dream. Although I am a part-time zumba instructor now! 🙂

    My parents were really strict about chores. My sister and I had to clean the entire house every Saturday before we were able to do anything. By everything I mean-clean the dishes, clean our room, finish the clothes (wash, dry, fold, and put away) vaccum the house, dust, mop the floors, wash the cars, etc.

  • Michelle@SFTS May 7, 2012, 12:24 pm

    When I was young I wanted to be my grandmother, who had never worked. She was very involved in her community and her family, however, and did her best to make each of us children/grandchildren feel special and built confidence in each of us. Not much has changed, I want to be a stay at home mom even as I write this from the home office of my cloth diaper service. 🙂

  • Kate @ life's precious moments May 7, 2012, 12:32 pm

    As a kid I always wanted to be a doctor.. and really that didn’t change until this past year. Now I am in grad school for public health and couldn’t love it more!

  • Alana May 7, 2012, 12:34 pm

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be a meteorologist, but then I started playing oboe when I was eleven and wanted to be a professional musician ever since. In 2010 I received a degree in instrumental music education, and now I am in graduate school for oboe performance. I am definitely living out my dream of wanting to play professionally, but I also love teaching and want to begin a studio that specializes in starting small children out on double reed instruments. I am so excited to begin this career!

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers May 7, 2012, 12:44 pm

    I’ve wanted to be a billion different things. I guess fashion model (gimme a break, I saw five), marketing genius, creative designer, public relations guru, and financial analyst all fit the bill at one point or another.

  • Shanleigh May 7, 2012, 12:54 pm

    Growing up, my siblings and I had lots of chores. I can remember drying dishes at 5 and watching younger siblings at 9. We were responsible for dishes, cleaning, laundry, pets, and cooking and grocery shopping when we got a bit older. I can remember feeling so envious towards my friends who didn’t have chores, but I am now thankful that my parents taught me what hard work is. If only my dad was here now to make me do the dishes…

  • Annette@FitnessPerks May 7, 2012, 1:02 pm

    I wanted to be a doctor…but am SO glad I chose the career path I am on! Instead I went to school for a lonnnggg time and got degrees in exercise sciences, nutrition, and am a certified wellness coach. I also teach fitness classes & coach in the area of disordered eating/emotional eating recovery b/c of my own experiences!

    A guest post I did that I really am proud of : 🙂

  • Valerie at The Year of Living Healthfully May 7, 2012, 1:03 pm

    Growing up I wanted to be Connie Selleca’s character on the TV show “Hotel.” I did end up getting a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management but it turned out to not be quite as glamourous as TV. Now I do something completely different that I absolutely love – not glamourous, but total contentment which is a whole lot better.

    Post from my site: Unexpected Consequences

  • Jen May 7, 2012, 1:31 pm

    I did chores as a kid – when I was younger I would sweep the floor, dust, and dry the dishes (my older sister washed them). I had to keep my room clean as well. When I got older, cleaning the bathroom became my chore. I did not get an allowance – I babysat and did easy yard work until I was old enough to get a job to get the things that I wanted.

  • Lindsay May 7, 2012, 1:33 pm

    I had so many career interests growing up: pediatrician, Broadway actress, non-profit director, event planner, etc. My mind still changes from time to time, and I still haven’t hit that ONE career I feel passionately about sticking to. But that’s okay!

    I received received an allowance; however, we received money every grading quarter depending on our grades. I think the highest amount was $5 for an A. With my good grades, it made for a nice trip to the toy store back then!

  • Sarah Ford May 7, 2012, 1:33 pm

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be either an actress or a lawyer. I then went to University thinking I would do the Immunology and Infection program and do research. I instead graduated with my degree in Business, majoring in Accounting. 2 years later, I want to own my yoga studio.

  • Kim May 7, 2012, 1:36 pm

    I think I always wanted to be a teacher. It turned out to be a pretty good fit for me.

  • Liz May 7, 2012, 1:37 pm

    When I grew up I wanted to be a teacher or a singer or a floral designer. Or a zookeeper – I used to group my stuffed animals together in the living room by type and then charge my parents a dollar to walk around for the “tour.” Obviously I was entrepreneurial as well. 😉

  • Rebecca May 7, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Fun fact: In a survey I did with a group for a class at school, we asked people what they wanted to be when they grew up. One person put “unicorn.” It made me laugh.
    I wanted to be several things growing up, and now I’m not planning on being any of them. (Well, maybe one.) I wanted to be a teacher, a vet, an author, and probably a few other things.
    My sister’s plan is to go to school for kineseology, or sports therapy-related stuff. She’s going to be pretty good at it, I think, because she’ll be able to share what worked for her when she had certain injuries. Hah.

    Chores and allowance were a thing in our house. My sister and I were expected to help mostly with dishes and keeping our rooms clean. For a while we rotated which of us set and cleared the table, but after a while we figured out that my sister hates dishes, so she got to set and I would clear and wash/load the dishwasher. (I still help with dishes when I’m home, but I don’t get paid for it. Which is fine.) We got $2.50 a week or something. I remember that as I got older it started to sound like a tiny amount compared to what other people got, but it’s how my parents did it. My mom painted old jars for us in which to put our allowance. I would put a dollar in my savings jar, a dollar in my spending jar, and the fifty cents would go in my church tithing jar. I don’t remember why I did it that way, but it made sense at the time.

    • Rebecca May 7, 2012, 1:46 pm

      We would help clean at daycare, too, come to think of it. Like once a month or something the daycare lady would assign each of us a job. My favorite thing to do was vacuum the stairs. I don’t remember why, but I’m pretty sure I asked to vacuum a lot. Or dust. Something that I enjoyed. And she would have us clean our play room regularly, and most of the time reward us with ice cream or something. We picked up the habit of cleaning the room randomly throughout the year when we wanted treats…

  • Liz May 7, 2012, 1:42 pm

    I think I changed my mind every other day on what I wanted to be when I grew up. First I wanted to a be a writer (I’ve always been a big reader) than an English teacher. Than a track star, then back to being an English teacher. In the end, I went with journalism, was a reporter for a while and now write on law topics!I guess the written word part has for the most part always resonated!

  • laura May 7, 2012, 1:55 pm

    i wanted to be an athletic trainer or physical therapist!

  • Angie @ Pint of Goals May 7, 2012, 1:58 pm

    Up until age 14, I wanted to be a ballet dancer. Unfortuantely, my body type got in the way of that, but I don’t regret giving up on that dream. I am a high school English teacher and love it.

  • Amber K May 7, 2012, 2:07 pm

    1. I’ve wanted to everything from “a mommy” in grade school, to a psychologist in middle school and a teacher in high school. I still don’t think I’ve quite figured out what I want to do.

    2. I had to unload the dishwasher, clean my room, and help clean up the living room and kitchen when I was younger. I got an allowance, but it wasn’t related to the chores. I did chores and received an allowance because I was part of the family.

    3. Since my husband keeps going out of town for work I have to link to the pros and cons of living alone

  • Michelle S May 7, 2012, 2:11 pm

    Growing up, I either wanted to be a fighter pilot or a secretary. My mom was a secretary in a church, and I spent a lot of time in her office. I liked the idea of being a secretary because it was so varied. She never had the same day twice. Today, I am a secretary in a church. I love it because I get to meet so many new people. I get to see people in all states of life – from their most joyous to sometimes their most devastating moments. Variety is absolutely the spice of life. I rarely have the same day twice. I spend as much time away from my desk ministering and visiting with people as I actually do being a secretary. Blessings!

  • K @ Finding a skinnier me May 7, 2012, 2:13 pm

    What career did you aspire to as a kid? I always wanted to be a vet when I was younger, except for that period of time I wanted to be a stay at home mom. Once I got older, I just didn’t know anymore. I tried a lot of different jobs, went to massage school and now have finally settled on paralegal, which I will have my degree for in five months!

    Did you do chores? I had to keep my room/bathroom clean, clean up after myself, my own laundry and whatever else my mom would randomly ask me to do. I started working at 13 years old, so my allowance is what I earned working.

    Link back to a great post of yours if you’re a blogger, too, or a great post by a blog that you read.

  • Anne Weber-Falk May 7, 2012, 2:20 pm

    I wanted to be a journalist when I grew up. Plans changed big time. Now I’m a wife and a mother. I work part time as a water aerobics instructor and I am very happy.

  • Vanessa May 7, 2012, 2:36 pm

    When I was little I wanted to be an artist. I considered changing my major to art when I was in college by wasn’t keen on the idea of having to tack on a year of two of school, so I stuck with the major I declared as a sophomore: German.

  • Anu May 7, 2012, 2:46 pm

    I had to help out around the house but it was never assigned to me as chores nor was I rewarded with an allowance. When my Mom asked me to do something, I just did it!

  • Erin May 7, 2012, 2:48 pm

    I remember in 2nd and 3rd grade, all the girls wanted to be teachers or nurses — I was included in that group. Looking back, I wonder if that’s because those are the primary careers we saw women involved in at the time?

  • Miriam May 7, 2012, 3:03 pm

    My parents never agreed on the subject of chores distribution, which was not the only thing they did not agreed on since they got divorced when I was a teen. We never had allowances, only had to ask for pocket money if we needed some and I know we never asked for much. I mean they were paying for our clothes, school, books, toys, how much money does a kid really need?

  • luv what you do May 7, 2012, 3:04 pm

    In my 8th grade letter to myself, I said that I was either going to be a psychiatrist or a physical therapist. Over 15 years later, here I am a pediatric PT! People ask me all the time, when did you know you were going to be a PT and I have the letter to share.

  • Emily May 7, 2012, 3:19 pm

    I had to set the table and take out the trash every night!

  • Emily S May 7, 2012, 3:29 pm

    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    I definitely thought about a lot of different things growing up, obviously ballerina and princess were favorites a young girl (I’m still hoping the princess thing works out eventually, only half joking). All through middle school, so when I was between 10-13 I desperately wanted to be an interior designer.
    In high school, anthropology was all I had eyes for. I graduated early and spent a year in central america before starting college. I taught English and helped at a care center for poor youth for a while as well. The peace corps became my passion, it was all I could talk about for a long time. After my first year in university I realized life is very expensive and decided I should probably pick a more practical career path than world changer and do good-er. Of course I still want to do good and change the world, it’d be nice to be able to make rent while doing so though haha.
    I have a passion for fitness and the human body. So now I’m a kinesiology major, and plan to go to school for physical therapy post grad. And after I’ve established a career I still want to join the Peace Corps and make with a community to educate them on fitness, general health and well being, also hopefully establish a physical therapy and well being clinic wherever I’m stationed.
    But maybe in a year I’ll completely change my mind! Who knows, the exciting part is not knowing where you’ll end up!

  • Adriana May 7, 2012, 3:36 pm

    When I was a kid I wanted to be a teacher. I remember in kindergarten I won a contest and the prize was that the teacher let me teach a lesson to the class. Now, almost 20 years later, I remember it so vividly. I got to sit at her desk while she sat at mine and I got to lead the class in a workbook lesson. I remember thinking it was so cool that everyone was actually paying attention to MY lesson! Although my aspirations to be a teacher died down as I got older I still remember that day so fondly, it was my little chance to pursue my “dream” as a kid!

  • Mai May 7, 2012, 3:38 pm

    I remember having to make a book in 8th grade where we picked what we wanted to be when we grew up…I can only remember 2 of the 4, which were optometrist or chef haha.
    I still love to cook/bake, but I’m a graphic designer now!

  • Rebecca May 7, 2012, 3:41 pm

    I had chores, but nothing too horrible-bringing in the trashcans and sorting the laundry and stuff like that.

  • Jessica May 7, 2012, 3:57 pm

    I wanted to be so many things, but for as long as I can remember I wanted to be a marine biologist and a paleontologist. At the same time 🙂 When I was little other girls were playing house and dress up, and I was digging in the dirt looking for fossils!

  • Julie May 7, 2012, 4:03 pm

    I wanted to be a beautician for the longest time! 🙂 (I’m an accountant.)

  • Pam May 7, 2012, 4:29 pm

    The first things I wanted to be when I grew up were Rainbow Brite and a unicorn. Now that I think about it, I DO bring color/art to the world in my current job (software engineer at an online stationery company) 🙂

    After those two, I basically wanted to be either a) something that made lots of money or b) whatever my older sister said she wanted to be (ex. game show host)

  • Jessi May 7, 2012, 5:04 pm

    I got an allowance as a kid – 10 cents (and no I’m not 100 years old, just 29- this is not the effect of inflation). My parents gave me three piggy banks: one for tithe, one for savings, and one for me. One penny of the ten cents went into tithe (to the church), a nickel (I think) went into savings, and the rest went to me. What I could do with 4 cents, I have no idea. I guess after about 25 weeks I’d have enough to buy an ice cream sandwich from the ice cream man… but on the plus side it did teach me to budget. Btw, I’d love a copy of your book!!

  • Jessica Gordon May 7, 2012, 5:05 pm

    When I was little I always wanted to be a veterinarian, then I got to high school senior year and changed my mind. Now, I’m in law school! who knew!

  • Laura May 7, 2012, 5:10 pm

    Oh yes, I did chores. Every weekend we cleaned the house together and we each had our personal chores. I also did the laundry for most of my teenage years, while my brother mowed the lawn…or bribed his friends to do it!

  • Tara May 7, 2012, 5:15 pm

    I wanted to be the person who picked out crayon colors and names for Crayola! Although I ended up in accounting, I still think it would be neat to have a coffee with someone in product development for Crayola.

  • Melissa @TryingtoHeal May 7, 2012, 5:17 pm

    When I was a kid I really wanted to be a horse vet! Oh those were the days…

  • Emily H. May 7, 2012, 5:20 pm

    I wanted to be a chemist or a heart surgeon!

  • Jenn Russell May 7, 2012, 5:51 pm

    I wanted to be so many things when I grow up! Marine biologist, medical microbiologist, genetics researcher … so science pretty much lol! And there was definintely a lot of chores growing up which I am super thankful for now although they were a drag at the time 🙂

  • Cellabella May 7, 2012, 6:04 pm

    I wanted to be an artist or a writer when I was young – I’m still working on being those things 😉 But yes, chores were definitely part of the requirements in my family’s household growing up. Chores without allowance, because otherwise, it wouldn’t be chores, it’d be work! ;D

  • Jessica May 7, 2012, 7:28 pm

    I had always wanted to teach! I went to teacher’s college and now am a certified teacher who isn’t teaching (the market just doesn’t need me right now) but I do work with kids and nothing is more rewarding and nothing makes me feel better.

  • Kara May 7, 2012, 7:41 pm

    I definitely had to do chores as a child- I was the youngest of three so my mom had her hands full and needed all the help she could get. We cleaned, made beds, took out trash, and did all the normal kid manual labor.

  • Heidi May 7, 2012, 7:55 pm

    I wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember and that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 12 years-teaching 3rd and 4th grade!

    And I did do chores as a kid-dusting the house, cleaning my room, and taking out the trash. I was a terrible duster-I dusted around things instead of moving them and my mom would get so angry! I got 50 cents a week-which somehow seemed ok to me in 1987. Now I think I should have lobbied for a pay raise! 😉

  • Shannon May 7, 2012, 8:15 pm

    I wanted to be a teacher so bad. I used to make my brothers sit in desks that we got from a local school and watch me write on an old chalkboard. My poor brothers had to sit and listen to me “lecture.” However, no wonder both of them went into the service and I now teach high school English.

  • Alyssa @ Don't Look Down May 7, 2012, 8:41 pm

    When I was little my brother and I had to help dry the dishes and take the dirty laundry downstairs. I didn’t get an allowance till I was a little older and that streak didn’t last long either.

  • Katie May 7, 2012, 8:47 pm

    For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a vet, and even though it took me a while to get accepted, I’ve just finished my first year of vet med, so I’m pretty excited!

    We always did chores growing up, but I don’t think it was a defined list. I took care of our animals (since that was my thing), and my mom just asked us to help with whatever she was doing. I also don’t remember getting an allowance, but maybe I just forgot about it?

  • jen May 7, 2012, 8:54 pm

    when i was a kid i aspired to tap dance with gene kelly, or become a radio host. i used to tape record my own “shows” where i would interview people. my favorite show includes interviews with sebastion from the little mermaid, and david bowie as his character of the goblin king from my favorite childhood movie, labrynth. i was quite an interesting character, which is why i grew up to be a kindergarten teacher, and love every second of it!

  • Melissa May 7, 2012, 9:17 pm

    I told my grandma I wanted to be a waitress one time and she got mad. Then I decided that teaching was the profession for me, but wound up studying psychology in college. Now I’m heading to graduate school for Family Counseling in the Fall, which is what I’ve been wanting to pursue for a while 🙂

  • Megan May 7, 2012, 9:27 pm

    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    When I was a freshman in high school, I developed back spasms during fall cross country. I landed in physical therapy and thought it seemed like a great job. That spring during soccer, I broke my ankle and was back at PT. After that year, I really wanted to do it. I shadowed in a few different areas of PT in high school, got my bachelors in biology and went to PT school. I graduated 2 years ago with my doctorate in physical therapy and I still love it. I don’t know anyone who has known what they wanted to do as long as I have. I feel very lucky!

  • Lynne May 7, 2012, 9:58 pm

    When I was little,I thought I would like to go to medical school and be a doctor – I ended up getting a bachelors in biology and doing research in a lab at a medical school. I love my job, it was the right choice for me!

  • Kristin May 7, 2012, 10:08 pm

    I will be forever thankful for this post! —->

  • Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest May 7, 2012, 10:32 pm

    I thought I would become a broadcast journalist or a print one. I actually went to college with broadcasting as my major for the first two years, but then I realized that I really loved history and wanted to study that instead.

  • Elisabeth May 8, 2012, 12:04 am

    When I was younger I wanted to be a physician (forensic pathologist) or aeronautical engineer/astronaut. I didnt end up as either (medical laboratory scientist), but have dreams still of going back to grad school for something similar to either of them 🙂

  • Brittan May 8, 2012, 12:15 am

    When me and my two sisters were young we had a list of chores we could choose from and every day we had to do two off the list. Then at the end of the week if we did our chores everyday we got our age in dollars.

  • Grace (Graceful Eats) May 8, 2012, 2:14 am

    Coffee oats sound amazing right now…I haven’t had hot oats in forever!

    A post I wrote about my struggle choosing a college:

  • Amy May 8, 2012, 5:47 am

    I wanted to be a Broadway actress when I grew up-now I’m a nurse-slightly different!

  • Kate May 8, 2012, 11:22 am

    Aww tell the husband happy happy birthday!! Birthdays are the absolute best!!

    Cute post 🙂

  • Danielle May 8, 2012, 1:23 pm

    I always wanted to be a teacher! I used to force my sister to be the student. It was extensive – I had a marking book, charts! The whole nine yards 😉 Currently I teach piano privately and am considering teaching at the university level after getting my masters!

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