When I Grow Up

“The next time, when I grow up, I wanna be a…”

I’m only half-joking. I’ve said that to E + N more times than I can count.

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When I went to college the first time, I dreamed of working for a professional basketball team. I earned that dream job, and then reality hit and the 80-hour-work-weeks weren’t all cheers and sparkles. It was a great job in my 20’s, but not sustainable for a marathon career.

So the next time I grew up, I went back to college to finish my history credits + get a Masters in Teaching so I could teach + coach basketball to high schoolers…Which is kinda comical if you see all 5’3″ of me on a basketball court.

TIP:: Never underestimate the power of a girl’s hips to get the position she wants no matter how short.

I was teaching + coaching and loving all of it except for my alarm going off at 5:30 every morning, but once I got to the gym I was good. {Coincidently, that’s about the time coffee came into my life}.

Fast forward to…WE’RE HAVING A BABY!

I accepted the job of “Mom” and left my full-time teaching position to stay home. Side-note, I never said, “When I grow up I wanna be a mom.” Then I turned 30 and everything changed.

TIP:: Never say, “I will never…”

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Once E + N were both in school all day I went back to subbing, but I needed something more. It was either learning something new that fit into the full-time Mom schedule, or heavily practice my retail therapy skills.

Learning a new career seemed like the more fiscally responsible idea. I didn’t coin the phrase “retail therapy” but my name might be in the dictionary as one of the primo examples. I looooove to shop!

Here we go again…When I grow up, I want to be a photographer/small biz owner. This is where online classes are the BEST! This is also where I sit today…a small business owner.

Why the heck should you care about this story?

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You shouldn’t, UNLESS you have kids too. My teens have two very different parents, and yours might too. I have a lot of different passions. Their Dad has followed the same career path from the start.

Teens have all different dreams. Their dreams might follow a constant + forever career path, or take shape into a few different dreams.

I worry a lot about my kids and what path they’ll go. Pretty sure I’m in the dictionary under “worry-wart” too. As their parents, we’re trying to balance out all the pressures to “succeed”, enjoy time as a teen, follow their dreams, tackle hard things in life… Sometimes it feels like walking barefoot on hot coals figuring out the best way to guide ’em.

Another line I say often to E + N::

Ask yourself, “Will this matter in five years? In ten years?”

If not, then it’s not worth stressing over. Let it go! Let it go! {You can thank me later for putting that Disney song in your head 🤣}

If you love it, try it!

If it excites you enough to learn it + work your tush off to get it, then go for it! And, if you grow up and reinvent yourself again because something else lights up your soul – go after that too! 

I’m trying to guide my kiddos even when I might not agree with them. #beyou!

I’ll leave ya with this book suggestion. A sweet friend gave me the book Enough As She Is by Rachel Simmons, and it’s given me some interesting insights into female teens.

As I sign off this week, in case you’re curious, the next time I grow up, I want to be a nutritionist or chemist. At my age I may not make it back to school for those degrees but I always have Google + the library to learn a bit more about my health/nutrition fetish 😉

What do you wanna be when you grow up?

Until next week…Cheers and Sparkles

💖Andrea

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