Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tuesday Talk-When I Grow Up

So today I was reading through some of my favorite blogs and came across one from Whitney that posed the question:

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Since I loved reading about her, I thought it would be fun to connect up and join in on the fun. I have also linked up with several other great groups of ladies…you can find all of the links at the bottom of this post, so make sure to check them out if you have a minute and want to read some other fun things.

So, what did I want to be when I grew up…my number one thing was always a makeup artist…and I have sort of lived that out.


But let me start from the beginning…

As a child I always loved office supplies and arts and crafts. I realize that sounds completely random, but my love for office supplies started at a young age.  I remember playing “secretary” with my cousin and thinking it was so fun even though I had absolutely no idea exactly what being a secretary really meant, other then I got to use office supplies!

A little later we also loved playing teacher…not sure if that was because of the office supplies or arts and crafts…or bossing around my younger cousin because I always got to be the teacher.  So sorry Kelly :(

I am not sure at what age I fell in love with color…drawing, nail polish…and I loved Barbie and all of the fashion that came with her. I remember my mom got me this little design kit one year where you could design your own clothes by drawing them or tracing different patterns. I decided I HAD to be a fashion designer when I grew up. That is probably the first real job I actually really remember envisioning myself as doing when I grew up.

In middle school I still loved everything about art but never really thought about using that in any way as a profession, however I did fall in love with writing and around 5th grade wrote a story that my teacher praised me HARD for and I think she entered it into some sort of writing contest. I honestly can’t remember if I won or not, but that sparked my love for writing in a big way. That love has always continued and I always hoped and saw myself writing in some capacity when I grew up. 

In high school I fell in love with makeup…I was finally able to really play around with it a bit more so my passion grew. Even when I was little I drew self portraits that looked like Mimi from the Drew Carey show (only prettier) with exaggerated layer upon layer of eye shadow…super pink circles on my cheeks and red lips.

In high school I started experimenting with color on my poor sister, and then made her pose so I could take pictures. Sorry Molly! I would also line up my little cousins and go to town giving “make-over's”


When it came time to figure out what I was actually going to do with my life, career-wise, I wanted so badly to move to LA and pursue makeup school and then be a professional makeup artist. I remember researching and discussing this with my parents. My dad urged me in a major way to get my college degree first, and then if I still wanted to, I could go to makeup school. So I did just that, sort of. I got my degree but then went to school to become an esthetician. 

I have ended up working as an esthetician/makeup artist, a secretary and a teacher in my life so far…never a fashion designer…but I have to say I think I have finally found the one job that I am truly passionate about, a title I have wanted since I was a little girl…being a mom. I know that sounds super cheesy, but I have always struggled with trying to find something that I am really passionate about and make a living. 

I am currently a SAHM and realized this is exactly what I always wanted to be when I grew up. I feel so lucky to have this job and I even still get to satisfy my love for office supplies, arts and crafts, writing and design (I make hair bows). Being a mom is not the most high paying job, but it is the most satisfying for me.

What did you want to be when you grew up???

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  1. Oh Abby, I love this post. Your testimony reminds me so much of our daughters. Being a Mom is the most important thing you will ever do. Our first calling as women if married is to be a helpmate to our husbands and taking care of his children is such a big help to a man who works to provide and protect his family.
    Again, love this post.

  2. SAHM is the perfect job in my opinion! That's been my only dream job and I can't wait until I "start work" in a year or so!

    1. You will love your new "job" so much, I just know it!!!

  3. Aw I love that you are doing what makes you happy :) I'm sure that is the best job!! I seriously laughed out loud reading about you playing school and being the teacher. I was always the teacher too and I would make my brother do math problems! Cruel huh?

    1. Uggg I never really liked math so my sweet/poor cousin never had to do that...but that is hilarious you made your brother do them!!!! We were more of an art/spelling kinda family :)

  4. Isn't being a mom the best job? I hope to be a SAHM too one of these days right along with you.

    1. Oh my goodness you are right...love being a mom! Good luck on the SAHM thing...you will love it.

  5. I loved reading your story! What a fun, colorful journey you've been on :) I love that your parents guided you and that you ended up doing something you love. Thanks for linking up with us