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Life Story…”When I Grow Up”

Can I tell you a short life story? No really, I’ll make it quick-ish.

“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 scored that dream job. 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 my marathon career.

So the next time I grew up, I went back to the college classroom to finish my history credits + get a Masters in Teaching so I could teach + coach basketball.

Which is kinda comical if you see all 5’3″ of me on a basketball court with a bunch of middle school boys.

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 classroom 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 needed something more. It was either learning something new that fit into the full-time Mom schedule, or heavily practicing my retail therapy skills.

Learning a new career was the fiscally responsible, parent thing, to do. 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…Life story plot twist in, “When I grow up”!

I want to be a photographer/small biz owner. This is where online classes are the BEST! It’s 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 when it comes to their career paths. 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.

Everyones life story takes a different route. But that makes the story pretty darn interesting 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 a lot 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 Emma and Nick 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.

What do you wanna be when you grow up?

Cheers and Sparkles

💖Andrea | Shining Moments Photographer

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P.S. 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 😉


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