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Thursday, October 2, 2014

when dreams don't work out

Another day in October, another post for #blogtober14. There is still plenty of time to join in, so go ahead and do it.

Day Two: My Dream Job When I was Younger & What it is Now

I have a feeling that the title of this post is coming across a lot more negative than I really mean it. It is just that sometimes people have dreams, and then those dreams grow, evolve, or change just like we do.

Of course I had your average childhood dreams of being a veterinarian, but I realized quickly that I wouldn't be able to handle the loss. I can't exactly pinpoint when I decided that I wanted to be an Architect... for as long as I can remember, that was kind of just what I had planned for myself. It was as good a dream job as any. "What do you want to be when you grow up?" "Oh! I am going to build the coolest buildings you've ever seen!" And I like to think that I really really meant it.

I started going to architecture school in 2005, right after graduating from high school. That's what they tell you to do. You can't possibly take any time at all to get to know yourself! Now, here we are, 2014 (literally almost 2015/ten years later) and I am a completely different person. Like I said yesterday, it's not that I regret my architecture background/education, it is just that I really don't want to do it.

What is great about my degree and varied (to put it nicely) career experience, is that now I have tons of different skills and experience. Through the challenging experience of trial and error, I have come to really love marketing. I have also found that I am pretty good at it. And, in time, I believe that I could grow to be great at it. 

So, what was my dream job when I was younger? It was architecture.
What is my dream job now? I really have no idea, but I'm hoping it has something to do with marketing.

Helene in Between


  1. Marketing has always been something that I wish I was a little better at. And I know what you mean about not liking what you went to school for. I went for Technical Theater and actually painted for a traveling Broadway production and a movie set, but it ended up turning into something I really didn't like anymore.

  2. Marketing is extremely interesting! At least you know what you like and want! aha it is something I'm still trying to figure out!

    xo, #blogtober14

  3. Knowing is the hardest part for sure. it drives me crazy trying to figure it out. we will one of these days!

  4. I don't know how vets do it. It seems like it would be a heartbreaking job.


  5. Ohh boy, Amanda - i totally know how you feel. It was exactly what happened to me. As i expressed it: Life happened & I've changed. And it's totally normal that way. We're no suppose to be the same person during our whole life (now wouldn't that be super boring?!)
    I really hope you find something that makes you happy & balanced and that allows you to provide for yourself at the same time.
    Luchessa @

  6. I always thought architecture would be an amazing career- Julia Morgan is one of my role models. I could never have done it though because I'm terrible at math.

    I'm learning now that we don't have to have everything figured out when it comes to "dream jobs" and that's okay. :)