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Random Wednesday: Career Goals

After reading Stesha's post this morning over on Classic & Bubbly, then reading again about her dreams on Because Shanna Said So, I was inspired to think more about my dreams, and the things that I hope to accomplish professionally.

I feel like I am at an exciting time in my life. I am living in this amazing city, with my wonderful boyfriend, and on some level, feel totally content. But sometimes, I can't help but wonder about people I see, and how they seem so "together" with the perfect career, designer wardrobe, chic apartments, and the ability to travel the world. I wonder how they got to that point? What step did I miss along the way that has prevented me from reaching that level?

Sometimes there is so much pressure to live a certain lifestyle. To maintain a perfectly styled look, while at the same time appearing completely effortless, and uphold this higher standard of living. All of this, expected to happen in our twenties. Since I've moved to San Francisco, the pressure has increased exponentially. It's hard not to compare yourself to others, and wonder how they live up to these standards that can seem so impossible at times. When I think about what my parents were doing at my age, it seems as though there was a lot less pressure to be so established at this young age.

So, instead of dwelling on this, I've decided to be proactive. I thought it would help to outline what I envision in an ideal professional setting, this way I have something to work towards. And I will take the steps to get where I'd like to be, rather than comparing myself to others.

When I look back on my childhood, there were two things that I answered when asked: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I went through a period when my answer was, an architect. And most often, I would respond with, an artist. As I got older, I always said my dream job would be working for Sunset Magazine. I've watched friends and family who go to work every day and LOVE their job, it isn't work to them. Don't get me wrong, I am extremely thankful for my job and the wonderful benefits my office provides, but to me, it's just a job. Not something that I am passionate about.

When I think about the things I enjoy most in my life today, they are artistic and creative expressions of myself. I think this is why blogging has been such a great outlet for me, it has given me an opportunity to be creative.  

I saw this on Pinterest, and it really resonated with me. I would like to wake up every morning and look forward to going into work, and feel like I am making some sort of contribution. So, in true Theresa form, I thought I would make a list. These are the types of things I enjoy most, and would be a part of my "dream job."

* allows me to be creative
* work with others, possibly a team setting
* financial security
* feel like I am making a contribution
* incorporate home design (home decor, cooking, garden, architecture)
* related to travel
* planning
* outdoor/environment
* research
I thought this post was appropriate to link up to Shanna's Random Wednesday series. These are some things I've been thinking a lot about, and it feels good to get it off my chest and make a step towards a fulfilling career. The truth is, I don't know exactly what my "dream job" is, but at least now I know what some aspects of that job might entail.

Have you found your dream job? Or do you know what that is? If so, what are you doing to work towards achieving it?

Thanks for listening to my random thoughts, any advice is welcome.




  1. love your new mantra! Its so important to step back and reassess goals in life. you did so beautifully! ! I just found your blog and cannot wait to read more. I would love it if you could follow me back. I always comment back! The Preppy Student

    1. I followed you on Bloglovin' as well! Thanks so much for stopping by, I love meeting new blog friends! I'm sorry it took me a little while to respond. I hope you had a great weekend!

  2. yay! I just came across your blog! I literally love all of those printable/quotes up there! How inspirational! I can honestly say I love what I do and I feel pretty lucky to be able to go to graduate school for it too! I want to be a kindergarten teacher of the deaf!

    We are so young! You can do whatever you put your mind too girl :)


    1. I'm so glad you found my blog, I love meeting new blog friends. I followed you on Bloglovin'!

      That is such an amazing career, how amazing to be able to make such a difference in people's lives.

      Thanks for leaving such a nice comment :)

  3. Hello my fellow bay arean!

    I'm from the small bubble of Danville and noticed you're in SF. Missing that city!

    Anyways, Love the inspo quotes:) I have a guilty pleasure of pinterest hunting as my morning newspaper and the quotes do it right. They always get my day started in the best way possible.
    Feel free to check out my travel and fashion blog over at

    1. Hi! So glad you stopped by! A good friend of mine lives in Danville, so I am over there sometimes :)

      I love searching pinterest for quotes too, and everything for that matter, I have an addiction!

      Love that white dress in your post from last week! Looks great on you!

  4. girl... going through the same life freka out. this weekend i turn 27.... twenty freaking seven... where did the time go. i'm about to graduate with my masters and then try to find a job in sf... still single... not exactly where i thought i'd be at 27 (not that i would change this spain experience)... but good for you making goals and priorities and figuring out how you can make them happen.

    1. I hope you had an amazing birthday weekend! Sounds like it with your mom and sister in town :) Can't wait until you're back in SF so we can hang out! I'll have to pick your brain before I plan a trip to Spain. I consider you an expert now :) Enjoy the time with your mom and sis!

  5. Dude... I'm 30 and I'm still trying to figure out my dream job. And trust me, I thought I'd have it all figured out by the time I was 30 since 30 was "so old." But what I have learned in the past couple of years is that I have a GOOD life (great, really) and comparing and focusing on what I don't have just devalues all the good I do have. I'm still hoping to figure it all out, have a job I love, travel the world, etc. etc., but in the meantime, being content with all the good things I do have in my life, and all the ways my not-so-dream-job supports things I really do love and helps me fulfill other dreams of mine, has made me a much more content and happy person.

    1. You said this perfectly! After posting this I've been thinking a lot about all the amazing aspects of my life, and trying to live in the moment. And like you said, my "not-so-dream-job" allows me to have the amazing life that I do, so I'm thankful for that! Hope you had a great weekend, bummed I miss you at Off the Grid, next time :)

  6. I loved this post! I feel that same way do some of these ladies have it all so together? And while they're still so young!! But I know that nobody's life is picture perfect and that that is just the side they choose to show the world. We are all so flawed and still trying to obtain our ever-evolving dreams I think ;)

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