Thursday, October 3, 2013

How I Achieved My Dreams (Despite the Obstacles)


From the time that I was a little girl, working with children has always intrigued me.

I've just always felt like I was "good" with children.  I understood them.  So, you would think my natural choice when I went to college was to choose a major as an educator.

Yeah, well that didn't happen...at first.  My freshman year of college, I chose a major in nursing.  That lasted a semester, once I realized that the sight of blood made me nauseous.  Then I moved to the business school.  My sophomore year of college, I chose accounting...a major that I felt would deem me as successful and make me lots of money.

Was I happy in it?  Nope.  Did I like it all that much? Not really.  It wasn't really for me.  But, I stuck with it, because I felt like it was what I was "supposed" to do. I made it all the way to my senior year in accounting.

I was months from graduating - my second semester of my senior year - when I decided that, at long last, I needed to follow my dream and my passion of working with children and declare a major in elementary education.

I was engaged to Noah at the time...he was in full support of it, because even though he knew it meant two more years of college, it would make me happy.  My parents took a little bit of convincing, but they were on board after they realized that this was my dream occupation.

Was it difficult changing my major two months before graduating college?  Absolutely.  There were points in completing my bachelor's in education that I wondered, "What the heck am I doing?"  But I did it.  And I wouldn't change a single thing I did - besides maybe changing that major a little bit earlier. :)

To this day, I don't regret following my dreams.  I feel that my college degree not only led me to the best "real job" I've ever had, as a first grade teacher, but it made me a better stay at home mom.  Funny how life comes full circle sometimes, isn't it?  I started out with a passion for children, and now my occupation, my dream job, is to raise my child (and future children).




I love that Monsters University teaches this lesson as well - no matter what obstacles you might face, following your dreams is worth it.  Even though it might take perseverance and maybe even failing before you succeed, you can do it!  This is an adorable movie that is not only entertaining, but packs in a few great lessons.  I highly recommend watching it with your children!

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