Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wranglers for Briefcases

If you were around me as a little girl, you would have always heard the same tale from me about what I wanted to do when I got older: Live on an illustrious farm and make all of my money by growing, shucking and selling corn.

Kids say all kinds of stupid crap.

If you need me today, you can find me rat-racing at a huge company...


Did you end up where you thought?
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  1. No... I'm not quite sure what I thought I'd be... a ballerina I think! lol! ;) I must say I'm a bit in love with the dress in the 2nd piccie though ;) ƸӜƷ x ƸӜƷ x ƸӜƷ

  2. Awesome post. I'm far from where I want to be. I still need an education in the subject "fashion" before knowing where I end up. But it's a little off, when I was little I wanted to be a singer :)

  3. When I was little, I wanted to be an orthodontist so I could make every smile perfect. When I got older, I realized science was far from my strong suit! However, I still think I'm not quite where I want to be...its always changing for me. One day I'll find it

  4. I wanted to be the first woman President! I'm not really taking the right route... but thats what dreaming is all about i guess!

    Love you blog! Now following!

  5. Ohhh goodness where do I start!?

    When I was like 12 and under I wanted to be an airport manager. I was used to flying alot and sitting in international airports alot. So I figured that being an airport manager would allow me to sit in those airports but at least have a couch and nice cozy chairs to make it more comfortable. I even matched up to this career on a test I took at school (yes, it is truly an acknowledged career LOL).

    When I grew out of this stage and decided being an airport manager may ruin traveling for me, I decided I wanted to own a surf shop. This lasted until I was 18, even though I kind of wanted to be a meteorologist too. The surf shop came from loving my hobby of surfing. But i realized i appreciated good fashion too much and not Quiksilver shirts, this faded out. The meteorologist lost its appeal after I learned you needed physics. Um yea...NO.

    So, I decided that my dream job is to work for Nike (got any hookups?!) or Adidas in international sports marketing division. AND...I currently work in sales (til I move of course).

    Hm...I need to get my crap together it looks like and make something happen <3

  6. I wanted to be a game ranger. Complete with safari outfit and hat. Failing that, I wanted to be a spy. That sure as hell didn't happen! :)

  7. OMG Caitlin! I look forward to your posts every day! Not just because they are *awesome*, but b/c you make me laugh my ass off! ;)

    If you ever feel like you need a dose of country, you can come stay w/ me in Texas. Ha ha We're way out in the country, but close enough to Dallas so I can get my retail therapy fix.

    When I was little, I wanted to be a teacher (or I thought I did b/c that's what everyone said I should do and I didn't have sense enough to think differently)! My plan (along w/ my cousin Katy's) was to teach school during the day and run a dance studio at night.

    My, how things change. I realized that I hate going to school. I quit my 2 yr high school job at Chicken Express and started working at a bank because "I wanted to wear pretty clothes". It just took off from there. I worked my ass off and made my way (honestly) to the top. I just quit my banking officer job in April 2010 to take a break for awhile and be a stay at home mom. I look forward to going back to work eventually, but I don't know that I'll jump back into a management position immediately.

    P.S. Sorry for the novel also! ;) Thank you so much for all your sweet comments on my blog.

  8. I have the same sad tale...I would love a simplier, more organic life in the country, living off the land but I stuck {for now} in the rat race!

    Lucky for us...they can't take our dreams away from us :)

    Love your sweet blog!

    xx Cat brideblu

  9. Haha! You're awesome. :)

    The farm life is a lovely idea in theory. The scenery, the peacefulness, and the simplicity of it all tend to be more glamorous than the hard work itself...which can get lost on a kid.

    I definitely didn't end up where I thought I was going to be. Well, I did and then I didn't. Ever since I was a kid, I was determined to be a journalist right after college. And I did! For four years until I got laid off. Was totally not expecting that when I was 12! Sigh.

  10. No, and I imagine most people didnt! (Jared has known since he was a kid he wanted to be an engineer, its what he went to college and majored in, and it the only thing he's done in his professional career. I've tried to tell him most people don't end up doing exactly what they always wanted but I don't think he believes me!)

  11. i always thought i'd be a nurse or a teacher, but i am a stay at home mama and it's the best job in the world!!!

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  12. Not exactly, but pretty close. I think I always knew I would work in the film industry, somehow.

    That is still one of my fav memories of you as a kid. You had so much conviction in your voice when you used to talk about it. So cute.

  13. Oh I totally did. I saw myself married this young thats for sure... but I always imagined myself living in New York City. I never really knew what I wanted to do as a career but I always dreamed of being in theatre, maybe on broadway lol. its interesting isnt it?

    i always loved the line from john mayer's song 'no such things' when he says...

    "and all of our parents, they're getting older. i wonder if they've wished for anything better. wild in their memories, tiny tragedies"

    such a sad line. imagine what our parents wanted to do with their lives before we came along. interesting huh? kind of relates to ur post lol

  14. how cute!
    when I was a kid I always told everyone I wanted to be an astronaut but now I'm in the healthcare field, oh well!

  15. You know what's funny? I don't think I ever had a "dream job" when I was little. I think for a hot minute I wanted to be a neurosurgeon but had no idea what that really was, lol.

    At my bridal shower last weekend during the newlywed game, I was asked what I thought Ryan's answer would be to the question "If Kara could have any super power, what would she pick?" and I answered "to fix all the dysfunctional families and couples in the world". Ryan's answer was the same!!!! (Well, he had some more colorful and politically incorrect language in there but we'll just ignore that for now.) It was hilarious.

    So I guess I ended in the perfect place!

  16. I actually did end up where I thought I would . . . it just took a LOT longer than I expected . . . and led me on a strange journey in between ;)

    I love that second shot.

  17. hey!!!! it isn't "stupid crap!"!! You are honestly like one of my favorites. My must read. I KNOW if we lived closer we would be BFF. Ok so I have a question, PLEASE answer cause I am just a bit confused. Do you live in Portland? Full time? and where exactly in the Portland area? Because I frequent there a lot and would love to meet you one day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. No, I didn't! And to be honest, I don't think I've really "ended" anywhere yet... There are too many things I want to do, so I might never end anywhere lol

    But hey, I love the idea of the little you! Very refreshing to hear you wanted to be something like that as opposed to girls wanting to be models etc.

  19. haha so funny thinking back to what we wanted to be as kids. i wanted to be a ski bum/instructor! that dream came true but i couldnt do that my whole life! xx

  20. Growing up I wanted to be a zoologist, dancer or interior designer. Now I'm a paralegal. Hmph...not exactly what I grew up dreaming of.

    XO, Katie
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  21. nope, not at all... but c'est la vie! happy long weekend! :)

  22. You wanna hear some crazy sh*t? I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Canada, 200 kids k-12 at my school...middle of NOWHERE.

    In 4th grade I told someone I was moving to Tacoma, WA. How did I come up w/this? No idea. Had never heard of it. My mom asked me wth was wrong w/me when ppl in our small town all started asking if we were moving to the US. In 6th grade I had this notion of Southern Cal and living "where the oranges and the beach are". My 6th grad teacher thought I was out of my damned mind when I wrote I thought that year we would learn about Southern California, beaches and oranges.

    Cut to scene: Moved to Puget Sound in my 20s and ended up living in TACOMA (island off, but still) then got recruited to SOCAL and live on the border of LA/OC.

    Had no idea about the job, but the geography? Looking back I FREAK MYSELF OUT.


  23. Lol, definitely not! Always wanted to be a teacher, I'm not even close!! Love those pictures!!

  24. Nope, never in my life would i have thought i'll end up as a banker! I wanted to be a singer:P


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  26. oh jeez still working on figuring this out but if that's you, you look super stylish going to work!

  27. Love this :) I'm still only 17 so I can't really, but I always had the popstar/actress dream that is so typical. Needless to say, due to my out of tune voice I know I'm not heading in that direction !! xxxx

  28. Fun topic.

    We moved from big city a decade ago and don't miss a thing. We can still visit places with things to do, but prefer the less fast-paced and quiet home life.

  29. hmmm not sure but I like where I am right now (and I adore that outfit too! )

  30. You know. I didn't end up where I thought I was going to be. I never thought I'd be living with my parents again, and yet, I love my new freelance opportunities. I am looking forward to living on my own again though. It's strange how things change and sometimes you just don't know how you got to where you are now!


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