Workin' at the Car Wash...

So I'm actually working on getting a grant submitted today but while I'm waiting on some final approvals, and taking my lunch break, I thought I'd tackle list #20. Occupations that you have ever wanted to have (including when you were a child) from the 50 Lists to Write to Lift Your Spirits. I can say for a fact workin' at the car wash has not been one of them so far but here are the occupations I have actually contemplated or studied in college.

1. Probably the furthest back career I can remember wanting to have was when I was a kid in elementary school was Physical Therapist. The funny thing is at that point in my life I had never undergone physical therapy and as far as I know didn't know anyone who worked in the field. I would guess I either saw something on TV or maybe someone talked about it in a class because I am sure I wouldn't have just pulled that career out of thin air. Either way I seriously wanted to do that for the longest time.

2. When I first went to college at Weber State I actually started off in a pre-med type program for Radiology. Once again I have yet to figure out why I had selected that as I doubt I knew any radiologists or many doctors at that point anyway. I did complete some of the coursework for that but I think all the science and math classes that were required scared me off. Plus the thought of being in school for SO long seemed daunting I think. Looking back now if I'd stuck with that I'd be a doctor by now.

Ok so I didn't get far on this post before I had to get back to work and finish putting together my grant to be submitted. I am happy to report it did get submitted on time thanks to the help of my awesome co-worker and friend Michelle. She was kind enough to offer to run the grant because I was so tired, had a headache and it was hot outside. I definitely didn't want to drag my butt out in the heat carrying a giant stack of papers. I love good folks who are willing to help out no matter how big or small the task may be. So, back to the list...

3. During the rest of my time in college in UT I think I changed my major at least a dozen times. Some of the other majors I considered were Business, Economics, Psychology, Criminal Justice and even something to do with Auto Mechanics. Seriously I just couldn't make up my mind. Everything sounded so interesting and I really felt like I could enjoy bits and pieces of any career I picked.

4. Since none of those options paned out I did end up working in construction before I left UT. I enjoyed what I did and found it interesting so at one point I thought I'd go into Civil Engineering. I don't think that would have worked out either because I just don't enjoy math. HA HA HA!

5. So then I ended up in Vegas... Since I've been here I've worked construction and non-profit work. I did do a little bit of school here taking some classes in history which was interesting but since I was paying for classes out of my pocket I didn't go far. I think I was thinking I could get some sort of career in International Business or perhaps Asian Studies but that obviously hasn't happened.

6. I laugh when I realize I've been out of high school for almost 12 years now. OY! Yes 12 years, lots of jobs, lots of classes and still no degree. GRR... I can't say I regret not finishing school the first time I went because though if I had I would probably be a Dr. making a lot of money but I would never have made it to Vegas and I never would have met Joe. So, I guess there is a different plan for me. Since I have been thinking about career plans in light of the new addition coming in August I have been thinking about what I truly love and what I want to do with my life long term. I have tossed around the idea of finishing my degree in Sociology or Social Work which I think I would enjoy because I do love helping people but I don't like the idea of having to work a regular work schedule. I really want to be able to be a part of my child's life like my Mom was. She was always there for us and I enjoyed that growing up. I also considered Graphic/Web Design as my degree of choice which still might happen because that is something I could do from home either by having my own company or doing freelance work. I know for a fact I want to finish my degree. I have gone so far and to not finish to me would be such a waste of time and money. Plus it would be nice to always have a degree to fall back on if I ever chose or needed to work a full time career.

7. I have recently found a career option that I feel would be basically perfect for me. Coaching! I recently took the time to be coached by my dear friend Christina. Her style is so warm and friendly and you learn so many great tools you can use through your life. I loved learning more about things like chakras, meditation and using my creativity. You can learn more about what she does, sign up for her inspiring newsletter or sign yourself up to be coached at her website I Love Intuition. It was such a transformative experience and in the weeks since I completed my coaching I have been able to use many of the techniques I've learned. I already have been working on figuring out what my coaching niche would be and what educational courses I want to take so I can become a certified coach. I love the idea of having my own business, working the hours I want to work, working where I want to work and having the choice to only work with the people I choose to work with. I want to work a career where I can make a difference in the lives of others and work with positive people who want to change their lives and the world around them for the better. I also like the fact that if I am a coach I can set my schedule around my family's life so I don't ever have to miss any important events.

My Creativity Kit I got when I started being coached.

8. Another thing I am working on is having my own crafting type business. Basically just something I can do because I like it and to make an extra buck on the side. I love being creative and making things and I'd love to share that with others. I have some great ideas in the works so maybe you'll see something new sooner rather than later. HE HE HE...

9. I feel it never hurts to have some sort of side business that you can pick up if you need more income. I have been a Mary Kay consultant since 2004 and though I've gone between actively working the business and just selling to a few customers that re-order on a regular basis it's always nice to be able to sell something and make a little money on the fly. Plus there have been more than one occasion when it was like wow I'd love some extra money and then somehow 5-6 people will need product and ta-da money in my pocket. I love what a Mary Kay business can be for those who really work hard and I have seen people become hugely successful. If I ever needed to go to work right away I also know I could pick up my tools and go to work which is nice to know I will have options to fall back on no matter what. I highly recommend having some kind of side work or home business you can work to make a little extra money. Even if you're only making money to fund your shoe habit, pay for a family vacation or just to have some fun doing something you love there are SO many options that you can tap into and many like Mary Kay make it easy to do. If you choose to step into an established home business make sure you decide if you really love the product. If you don't love what you're selling you will never be successful. You should walk away gushing about your experience and wanting to tell everyone around you about how awesome it was. If not maybe consider another option. Also be sure to look into what their commission/pay scale is. Don't get sucked into a MLM/pyramid scheme. Make sure you're actually getting paid to sell a product, not to recruit everyone in the world. Another thing that may be important to you is what types of opportunities do you have for training, networking and personal growth. With Mary Kay many Directors offer weekly meetings, there are two annual company wide trainings including Career Conference and Seminar and many National Sales Directors offer extra conferences like a New Year Kick Off event or other opportunities for training. It never hurts to have opportunities to learn from the best, meet new people and share ideas that can help make you a success. If you're not confident in the tools you'll receive for your initial investment don't be afraid to walk away and do some more research before you get started. On the flip side though, don't let others talk you out of something you feel you'd be truly good at. Sometimes people may think doing something like "selling lipstick" is stupid but for you it could be a chance to get out and have fun girl time, a chance to help others achieve their goals and dreams or a chance to make some extra cash and contribute to the household budget.

10. I guess my final career that I will embark upon is being a mom. It was not something I really planned on. I think I was always the type of person who could give it or take it. I was never the type to play with baby dolls, I don't have tons of younger siblings I helped to raise and I never liked baby sitting growing up. Plus I've never really loved kids or felt the need to have them. Yeah sure every now and again I would think oh it'd be cool to be pregnant and experience that but I never really felt like OMG I need to have a kid now or my life won't be complete. I told Joe from the beginning I would be ok having kids with someone who truly wanted them, was willing to play a role in raising them and wasn't going to leave me being a single mom in a marriage. I know Joe will love his kids and take good care of them. I also know he'll be willing to help out whenever I need help. I can't even imagine how hard it is to be a single parent and I commend anyone who is able to take on that responsibility. I just knew for me I would never have kids with a man who wasn't totally in it for the long haul. I probably would have just been happy with my cats and spoiling my friends kids. Of course anything could happen and I could end up being a single mom but at least for now I know Joe is going to be a wonderful husband and father. He's always willing to talk through things and considers his family first and unless God decides to take him from me I know I'll be working my hardest to keep our relationship as amazing as it is now for the rest of our lives. Either way being a mom should be an interesting journey. I still don't know if I'll be any good or if I'll end up scaring my kids for life making them thing I'm weird. HA HA HA! I guess all you can do is be the best you can and hope the kids turn out ok. We'll just have to see.

So that's a glimpse into the many career choices I have considered. I know I had SO many more career choices that I considered while I was in school. I guess I really just wanted to be the person who knows everything about everything. Maybe one day I will. HE HE HE. Did you ever have any interesting career choices? Did you work a job you didn't think you'd care for that ended up being your true passion? It's always fun to hear what types of work others have considered doing.


  1. Oh my gosh girl, it's like you took the words right out of my mouth. I can totally relate to this post. I feel like I spent years unable to decide on a profession because everything sounded so interesting to me. In the end, I was scared into finishing my degree (at the thought of being divorced and unable to support myself.) I ended up just choosing the major that I thought the classes would be easy enough for me to finish. haha. I chose history because those classes have always been a breeze for me and I knew that I could actually finish without wanting to quit and it wouldn't be too hard. I honestly don't know if I'll work in any type of history field. At this point, it's so weird because I totally agree with you about the mom job. Ever since Andy and I got engaged, I kind of feel like that's what I want to do- be a mom and maybe have a side crafting job or something. I honestly think coaching & crafting p/t is perfect for you. I always envied your ability to be so personable. I always wanted to take you up on the offer to sell Mary Kay but knew that I just wasn't as outgoing. But coaching is different- it's totally awesome to help people who want to be helped. I've considered it several times as a career choice. Anyway, loved this post. Gave me a lot to think about.

  2. AH I always felt like I was the only one who had issues deciding what to do. Seriously I always felt like I must be crazy or something because I know so many people who went to school, finished a degree and moved on. ARGH! I'm so glad you're finishing your degree though. Seriously it always makes me happy when I see you're finishing classes and getting things done. I think that's great! Whether you use the degree or you end up being a stay at home mom at least you'll have the satisfaction that you did it and no one can take that away from you. :)

    Ah you're so great too. I know tons of folks who were painfully shy and still did MK. At this point I really like having it as something I can do on the side. I'm really excited about crafting and coaching. I think with your life experiences you'd make a great coach too. I'll have to send you the info on the coach school my friend went to. It's the one I'm considering. I'm glad the post got you thinking. You're doing such great things with your life. :)


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