Someone at the park asked me how old Teddy was and I realized that his fourth birthday is just around the corner. As crazy as it is for Teddy to be four (!!!!), it also means that it has been almost four years since I quit my “real” job to run TCP full time.
I never intended on blogging full time, but the work environment I was in had taken a turn for the worst, and I had to get out of there for my well-being. It had been a very long and stressful summer so I thought I’d take three months “off” (October-December) to regroup and then look for a new job in January. I thought I’d be bored working on my blog for myself and by myself. I wasn’t sure that I’d find it fulfilling once it went from my “hobby” (I use the term loosely because when I quit my job, I was bringing in twice my salary as blog income, but mentally it still felt like a hobby) to my only job.
It turns out that I LOVED being able to spend all day working on my blog. It wasn’t boring at all, in fact, I realized just how satisfying it was to work on something that I loved and see it grow with all of my energy. Versus what I had been doing which was working on it at night and weekends when I was exhausted. That October was my best month ever, and I quickly realized that I’d never be able to go back to a job where I’d have to put my blog on a back burner again.
I can’t say that working for myself is without its challenges because it’s not. Every year my challenges seem to grow exponentially, but every year I grow with (or maybe even because of) those challenges.
Even with the bumps along the way, I would say, with certainty, that this qualifies as a DREAM JOB. When I did the mental calculation in my head to figure out how old Teddy was plus how long ago I had quit my job, I was thinking just how lucky and grateful I am that this is my job.
But it also got me thinking about other dream jobs. I imagine everyone has their own definition of a dream job. Some are obtainable, and others are just fun to, well, dream about.
Whenever I do interviews for websites or panels, a question I inevitably get asked is: What job would I have if I didn’t have the blog? It’s a tougher question to answer than it seems at first. I can’t imagine my life without this blog, but I do have some lofty “dream jobs” that I’d happily take:
– IDEO | I learned about IDEO when I was in college, and I bookmarked the application for when I got closer to graduation. I never ended up applying (because I had zero confidence)– and I’m still annoyed with myself. IDEO is a creative design consulting firm (I think that’s the most succinct way to describe it) and they solve all kinds of problems for various companies. A couple of years ago, I read that they have a 90-year-old designer, so I know it’s never too late to consider a career with them.
– Meditation + Yoga Instructor for Kids | This is actually something I really want to do. As I started practicing yoga, I realized that every child should be learning it. I wish I had started doing yoga when I was younger as I think it’s such a good mental practice. I think EVERY elementary school should start with breakfast (I also feel strongly that healthy meals should be provided for kids in school, but that’s another story for another day) and yoga. Now that I’m also getting into meditation, I’d love to go through training to teach it to kids as well.
– Marketing at American Girl | Not going to lie, I pull up Mattel’s career page every week or so to see if the AG team is hiring for specific roles. I didn’t think about it until it was too late, but I wish I had applied for an internship with Mattel in college. American Girl was such a major part of my childhood. I played with the dolls well after it was age appropriate. I loved it all: the dolls, the magazines, the books. I even had American Girl birthday parties two years in a row.
– Influencer Manager | This is going to make me sound crazy, but I’m fascinated by these pre-teen Musically (Musers, lol)/Instagram/Youtube stars. Once I found an internship for Instagram that was all about teen influencers and one of the requirements was that you had to be well-versed in the teen influencer space and, whether or not I’d like to admit it, I AM. I strongly considered applying but figured they were looking for college students and not 27-year-olds ha! But I would love to help some of these kids grow businesses. A lot of their parents end up managing (aka mismanaging) what they’re doing, and they end up missing HUGE opportunities. Do I have a deck ready to go in case I end up running into one of the parents somewhere? Yes. Am I insane? 100%. (If anyone knows the LeBlanc’s let me know because I want to completely overhaul Annie’s Instagram 🙃)
– Professional Reader | I don’t think this is a real job, but if it is, sign me up. I wish I had started a reading-only blog back in the day. I’ve considered starting a “bookstagram” to talk about the books I’ve read, but I don’t read books at a quick enough pace to keep up with all the speed-readers out there! For now, I’ll just keep sharing my favorites on here and on my Goodreads.
– Mom! | I’ve always dreamed of being a mom. In my mind, it’s the ultimate “dream job.” Still at least a few years out from this one, but I don’t mind waiting for now!
What would be your dream job?!