Every week I do a post on Friday and answer a few questions, then I copy and paste the questions down below so you can answer them too. It’s a way to get to know each other better and it’s a lot of fun!
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Today, I’m taking some of my questions from the book Life by Design. It’s a great book that I’m loving working through for life inspiration right now.
When you were a child, what did you dream of becoming as an adult?
When I was a kid, I wasn’t very motivated to figure out what I wanted to “be” someday. I was always interested in reading, music, and doing my hair and makeup, but not much of anything else. My grades certainly reflected these interests. I did really well in a couple subjects, and the rest of my grades were not that good.
When it came to be time to go to college, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. I didn’t have much of a grasp of what needed I needed to do to make a living doing something, versus what really interested me. I started college off as a Music Therapy major, and it didn’t really stick. Then I switched to Music Ed. After graduation, I subbed for a couple years and I’ve been home and writing ever since.
Now that I’m an adult I realize that as a kid I had a hard time nailing down what I wanted to do, because I have so many different interests. It’s ok to not want to have ONE vocation. Our family brings in more than just my income, but if I had to be the only provider, I’d be happiest bringing in a variety of different incomes from different things I love to do that make money. I’d dabble in photography, music lessons, refurbishing/repurposing and reselling found items, and blogging.
Did you pursue any of those youthful dreams? If you had any areas of interest that faded as you grew older, why did that happen? Did you outgrow these dreams, deny them, or simply discover others?
In one way or another, I’ve pursued most of my youthful dreams that I was serious about! I wanted to be a musician, and for many years I was. I’d like to pursue that more now that my kids are a bit older and it doesn’t feel so overwhelming to be away from them for hours/days. I thought about going to school for journalism for a while, and though I didn’t go to school for that, blogging fills that void for me.
As I’ve grown older, some things I used to be interested in have faded slightly. I’m less interested in being a music teacher who stands in front of a class to teach, and more interested in being in charge of my own schedule. I’m less interested in doing anything that’s not on my terms, if I could adjust slightly and be in the driver’s seat and determine my hours, availability, and how much I have to give of myself.
I’ve discovered new dreams over the years as I’ve outgrown other dreams. I’ve been interested in energy healing and chakra balancing for a while. I’m interested in women’s ministry. I’m interested in psychology. I have all kinds of ideas for my future, from dabbling in Reiki, to traveling around the country hosting women’s retreats. I’ve thought about learning how to give EMDR therapy. I’ve thought about opening a K-8 school/homeschool hybrid that meets 3 days a week and focuses on healthy self expression through art and music and body movement.
If you haven’t already guessed it, I’m kind of all over the place. LOL
How do you enjoy free time? What makes you laugh? How do you define fun?
I don’t seem to have a whole lot of free time in this season of my life, but I do enjoy thoroughly what I have. I like to travel, go on road trips, and relax. I like to read, write, enjoy good music, food, and friends. I like to spend time with my family. I like to improve my house by decorating it and dreaming up what could be a more functional use of our space.
Laughing is the best, and honestly it’s how I define a good time. I can have a dark sense of humor.
I can have fun doing a whole lot of different things. Some of the best fun is spontaneous. Right now I’m trying to find a friend to drive down to Milwaukee with randomly and enjoy a margarita by the lake. It also sounds fun to sit in and watch the Handmaid’s Tale by myself at home. Or go on a really epic grocery shopping trip to Trader Joe’s. I get a lot of enjoyment from the simple things in life.
Now it’s your turn to copy/paste!
- When you were a child, what did you dream of becoming as an adult?
- Did you pursue any of those youthful dreams? If you had any areas of interest that faded as you grew older, why did that happen? Did you outgrow these dreams, deny them, or simply discover others?
- How do you enjoy free time? What makes you laugh? How do you define fun?