What do I want to be when I grow up?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

When I read through the list of writing prompts for Show and Tell Tuesday with Andrea at Momfessionals, this one made me laugh. If you know me well, it also makes you laugh! 

What do I want to be when I grow up is honestly still a question I ask myself All. The. Time. I truly do not know! But to give us all a good laugh, lets take a stroll down memory lane at all the things I have thought I wanted to do when I grew up! 


When I was a kid, I used to play office and school all the time. That was my favorite thing to do. I loved to play the teacher and correct worksheets and write on a chalkboard and I loved filling out paperwork and working with folders and taking messages! So of course, these were things that I wanted to be when I grew up, but this was only the beginning :)


Once I got to high school, I was super into science. Loved my biology class, took advanced biology and an Anatomy and Physiology class and just loved it all. What I wanted to be was a coroner. Yes, you heard that correctly! I would have loved to be a doctor or surgeon but felt that I couldn't handle the emotional aspect of that, but if they had already passed and I could find out why, wouldn't that be perfect?? But, when finally choosing colleges, I didn't think going in a med school direction was really for me. So I ultimately chose to go into the medical field in a medical technician program, where in the end I would work in a lab. 


A few weeks into college and hating and struggling in my Chemistry class, I looked at the course schedule for the program I was in and realized that I had to take like 8 chemistry classes and because I was hating the first one, I certainly didn't want to do that. Since I wasn't truly dedicated to the major I decided to quit that and went into the nursing program. 

I did the nursing program for two years and had my first clinical at the end of the second year. The clinical was in a nursing home and although I loved and still love to help people, I realized that day, that I didn't want to be that up close and personal with people and so again I took out the course catalog. This time though, I ended up not going back to school the following semester and got a full time job, and another and another and another.....

You would have thought that I thought getting a job was fun, because I went through so many of them! I would start to be unhappy at a job and I would just apply for a new one and I would always get the job usually on the spot! I worked call center jobs, retail, office jobs, etc. Finally I got settled into a groove with medical office work. I have done pretty much every aspect of it. Scheduling, receptionist, referrals, medical records, billing, office management, but I never loved it. I never loved any of the jobs I have had. 


When I had Olivia I was still working part time in a medical office, but working became so much less important to me. I hated going to work and leaving Olivia and I thought it must be that I am not enjoying my job so I don't want to leave her to go do something I don't like, so what it is that I want to do? That is when I decided to go to Cosmetology school. I have always loved to do hair and I thought this would be the perfect job for me. I started school at night and really loved it. Finally I quit my job and started going to school during the day to finish quicker. Two things happened, I went from going to school with other moms like me to going to school with the larger majority of the school who were 18 year old boys/girls just getting out of high school and things were petty and I felt a bit out of my league. Then I got pregnant with Owen. Since I was going to school during the day and not working and we realized that I really didn't need to work, I said I would really like to stay home and Mike was completely on board.

When Olivia was 3 and Owen was on the way I became a full time stay at home mom and I have loved being a mom. Some days it has not been easy, and there have been plenty of days over the last 5 1/2 years that I have wished I could go to a job and have some adult time, but most days I have loved being able to be home. These kids are my world and I wouldn't change it for anything! 

But now as my "baby" gets ready to head to Kindergarten the question has been on my mind. What do I want to be when I grow up? Well, the answer is, I still don't know and the most important thing to me is the schedule. I want to be home when the kids get home from school, when they are sick, when there is a snow day and during the summer. I don't want to miss it. I would like to get a part time job, but it has to meet most or all of these requirements! So I am of course, still looking! 

The funny part of this post, is that this touches upon major things, but over the last 34 years, there have been many, many more things I have wanted to do! Party/wedding planner, preschool teacher, radiologist, medical assistant, surgical tech, you name it, I have probably wanted to do it. 

So I am still on the hunt, but also content, if that makes sense. I am on the lookout for what I want to do, I of course have a few ideas, and if they play out great, if not my most important job so far is my favorite! 
Wife and Mommy! 

Have a great Tuesday! 


  1. Awwwww I love this! I'm a mom too. And it's what I love most of all.
    -Erin (No Bohns About It)

  2. A coroner? Really?! Yikes!!

  3. Isn't it interesting the way our lives change course as we grow up? I use to love to play teacher too! I'd take attendance and hand out quizzes and everything... good times. ;)
    Thank you so much for linking up to Monday Musings Sandy!

  4. Your list of interests and actual jobs you've had is impressive! I only worked 3 different jobs (retail scrapbooking store, art teacher for 10+ years and a hostess and waitress) before becoming a stay at home mom to my 3 year old and now, also a 7 week old. You sound a lot like me, I've also wanted to do so many things and never knew which path to take, really. Let's see, I've thought about being a police officer, hairdresser, make up artist for movies, bartender, chef, nurse, marine biologist, and veterinarian. Now, I'm content being a mom for the time being. However, my current passion that's had to take a back seat is photography. I'd LOVE to be a successful photographer. My skills are not even close to where I want them to be right now but being mom comes before all of that. I hope to really dive into my passion when my kids are in school, freeing up more time for me. I'm impressed that you have actually followed through with your interests over the years, testing out the waters with each. That's the best way to find out what you're into! It's like dating. Weeding through the duds before you find the right one :) -Misty

    1. One of the other things I always wanted to do was open a scrapbook store!! I love to scrapbook and was a Creative Memories consultant for a while! I am glad I am not alone when it comes to not knowing what I want to do! Love the dating analogy...so so true!!

  5. I could have posted this myself, especially the part about Chemistry, I still have nightmares about college Chem. classes!!! When my now 7 year old was months from starting Kindergarten, I took and passed my CPT exam and was excited to start taking on clients in the Fall. A month later, SURPRISE, I was pregnant. haha. So now I have a toddler and am trying to get my own body back in shape before even thinking about taking on clients.


    1. You are going to get there!! I have thought about doing that too!! Told you, I have thought about doing everything! I thought it might get me into shape and it would be flexible hours :)


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