Monday, July 22, 2013

If I Could be Anything in the World {Blogging with a Purpose}

There is a series running around the blogosphere about Blogging with a Purpose. ( 
Each week is a new topic to delve into and express your thoughts through. This week is "If I could be anything in the world".

You know, it's funny. I am not AT ALL the person I thought I'd be. And that's ok. I was one of those girls that grew up knowing EXACTLY what I wanted to do. I was a self-conscience fame-whore...admittedly.

I wanted to be a famous actress. I totally could have been (didn't all girls??) But, I knew that wasn't going to happen. So, if I wasn't going to be world-famous, by goodness I was going to be locally famous. Television news here I come!!!

I knew I was going to major in broadcasting at a young age, and was one of those few people who entered college with said head-strong major in hand. I knew what I was going to be when I grew up. Woohoo! Let's get this show on the road!

Then life happens. I met a boy. I met said boy my junior year - his senior year in college. He moved to Nashville after graduation, and then I had to do some soul-searching. Also during this time I read a stupid fiction book about a nosy little busy-body reporter who brought down the White House. I felt myself routing for the White House staff over the reporter who was it in "for the good of the land". This book (I swear, how silly) and meeting the boy changed my course. In one of my poly sci classes we did a mock election (there was a current presidential election at this time) and they assigned roles for everyone: president, vice, campaign manager, etc, etc. Me and another girl were the only broadcast journalism majors in the class so we were naturally assigned to do all the reporting on our "election". I remember being so bummed! I wanted campaign manager! 

I was knee-deep in my major at this time. I had already completed two internships at two local news stations. But, I decided then that I didn't want to move from small Podunk city to small Podunk city trying to make it in the broadcasting world.

My minor was political science at the time. So, I flopped them. I decided I wanted to do something that makes a difference. I LOVED my political science courses anyway, and was already one of those annoying passionate college kids during a fantasic presidential election, so with all these outside influences in my life...I made the decision. And it was a big one in your senior year of college after knowing what you wanted to do your entire life. But I loved the boy, and didn't want to move around. To Nashville I went. Oh, and I married the boy :)

Now you are probably asking what politics am I doing now right? Well, I work in advocacy for a non-profit, and doing what I have wanted to do. My favorite class in college was my interest groups class. I would love to work more in advocacy and had aspirations or working on the hill some day. I am a very driven person. But then? Life happens.

We wanted to start a family. We struggled for a while to do so. Doctors told us we had "unexplained infertility" and it may not happen for us. Life took all those career-driven, passionate endorphins and put them full steam ahead into baby-making. Two and a half years (finally) later we were blessed with Josh and Jules and I haven't looked back. While I do still love my job and want to be that person I was, I'm just not. And that's ok. My kiddies are my contribution to this world and I'm very proud of that and them.

Plus, I have many years left to save the world :)

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  1. I stumbled upon your blog from The Niemeyer Nest and found myself relating so much to your story! I, too, went to school knowing I wanted to be a news anchor. I loved everything about it, or at least I thought I did. Two internships at local stations later, I found myself in my senior year knowing that journalism was not for me and struggling with the "What Next." While my heart still skips a few beats every time I walk by the downtown ABC station, I know that ultimately, I made the right decision by signing off of that industry. And even though I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, I'm happy with what I'm doing at this moment! Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. Yes Sweetie, and I cried when you left...Dad....