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When I Grow Up I Wanna Be…

Ever since my last post, this question has been percolating in my mind over and over:

What do I want to do with my life?

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I mean, here I am with a part-time job and a few contracts to keep life interesting, but no set career job right now.  While this is obviously an uncomfortable situation to me, I am trying to view it as the opportunity to get it right.  To find that job that will hopefully leave me feeling professionally fulfilled and my bank account a little happier, too.

So with that in mind, I’m going to play the game of:

If I could wake up tomorrow and start any fantasy job, I would want to do any of these:

1)      Brand Marketing Specialist/Strategist/Manager (whatever title a company might be using)

 

Photo Credit: Boch & Fern

Photo Credit: Boch & Fern Brand Strategist Creative Agency

Not just because the title sounds cool but because this is what I feel my career has been building towards since my early days when I first entered into the big, bad world of Sports Marketing.  Branding is simply in my professional DNA.  I get it, it gets me.   We go together like PB& J.   I like plotting out the road map a brand should take, I like bringing together different marketing tactics to make one kick-ass campaign.  Plotting, planning and bringing those ideas into fruition- does it really get any better than that?

2)      Café Owner

Cafe Owner in Paris would be even better.

Cafe Owner in Paris would be even better.

Okay, I know we just did a 180 here from corporate marketing chick to small business owner.  But this has been a dream of mine and Dustin’s since pretty much the beginning of our relationship, and it’s been a long-harbored dream of mine since before then.     I mean really, it’s not a secret that I love to cook and bake and that I can’t function without coffee.  I also love cooking for other people and experimenting with all kinds of different ingredients to make delicious meals.  So to be able to house that into a happy little business where I can come up with unique menus and celebrate what I love most about food on a daily basis and get paid for it, would be pretty incredible.

3)      Interior Designer

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I know, I know another random tangent.  To be honest, I don’t really know where this is coming from.   All I know is that I’ve probably watched way too many home decorating shows (hey-some people like to watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians; I’m shamelessly addicted to Candice Tells All).  I’m also 99% sure that my drive towards home ownership is simply an excuse so I can finally design my dream house.  I love beautiful spaces and I love being inspired through magazines, TV shows and obviously Pinterest.  I love hunting through flea markets, home décor and fabric stores, and don’t even get me started on the home and kitchen sections at The Bay.  I like putting different fabrics together with paint colours, and exploring how this texture works with that one.  So why not- it’s a fantasy and I can dream, right?

Looking at this list though, I guess what I love most is the creative process.  I love starting with a concept and running with it.  New ideas excite me and I’m not a huge fan of the repetitive or mundane.  So while I clearly have a wide-variety of career interests, that may or may not make sense with my current work experience, at least I know fundamentally what I want out of a career, regardless of what the vocation may be.

If you could wake up tomorrow, what would your chosen profession be?


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My Life at 28

A few weeks ago, I turned 28 years old.  Not typically a milestone for people, this was kind of a big deal to me.  No longer do I really resonate with the “twenty something’s” crowds and articles that have been trending on Buzzfeed and facebook; I can’t really put myself into the “thirty something’s” either.  I feel like I’m kind of limbo, and not just because of my age.

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Thankfully, my PBR days are long gone.

Since graduating from University, my personal and professional lives have taken so many twists and turns, I think I need to download a special maps app just to figure it out.  I’ve now lived in three provinces, worked in a few different (all pretty awesome) industries, and I am now dealing with the dreaded sense of where do I go (grow?) from here.  On the flip side, I just married the man of my dreams and I am still on a happy little newly-wedded-bliss-cloud in that respect.

Photo Credit: Yao Photography

Photo Credit: Yao Photography

But then it all comes crashing down: the debt accumulated from multiple cross-country moves and bad luck; the realization that I gave up a dream job- and have yet to replace it- over a year ago; the fact that I am 28 years old, married, and moved back in with my parents working a part-time retail job.  Something I’ve managed to avoid since I was 21.

Life sure is a bitch sometimes.

Honestly, I think the hardest part for me in all this is that I know where I want to take my life. I know what I want to achieve and I can see the big picture: career back on track, the purchase of our first home, finances in order.    But now, I need to figure out what route to take in order to accomplish these goals.

This past year of career uncertainty has been one of the most humbling experiences of my life.  Since the departure from a job “most people would kill to have” I had the arrogant and naïve notion that I could just as easily attain an equally amazing job in a new city where I had next to no connections.  Sure enough, I did manage to find a job, but it “wasn’t good enough for me”.  Whether this was really true or not, it shot me (us) in the foot.  This was followed by a job where I was so unqualified I’m amazed they even hired me in the first place.  That’s not modesty it’s just the honest truth.

Now, in my third city in 2 years, I feel as if I’m back at square one career wise.  My drive to succeed has not changed, but my attitude sure has.  I know that when I finally attain that first step back on the career growth track I will take on the role with renewed appreciation for a job and the value I bring as an employee to the organization.

I’m just hoping that happens sooner rather than later.

My husband hopes so too.