August 27, 2012

Crossroads

I'm at a bit of a crossroads these days. I've had to take a lot of time off this summer to battle against mono, so as a result I've done a whole lot of thinking, reflecting, dreaming, and planning. I'm slowly teaching myself to do a little more of what I love, and a little less of what I don't want to be doing. And surprisingly, it's moving me forward in exactly the direction I want to be going! I guess they call it dream chasing for a reason! 



I'm learning to let go of Plan A. My dreams have shifted and changed over the last couple of years. I spent my whole life training to be a teacher between babysitting, nannying, summers as a camp counselor, and then a degree an early education. And then I landed my dream job as a teacher, and I loved almost every moment of it. I didn't leave because I hated it. I left because I realized that I had more dreams inside of me that would never be fulfilled inside a classroom. But the more I chase after certain dreams, the more different opportunities present themselves. So I'm slowly taking small steps forward in faith and seeing where this path leads me. I have a feeling that the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 are going to be filled with decisions and new adventures!

top: gap
jeans: old navy
shoes: lands end
necklace: caroline g (use code bubble50 for 50% off)
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Have you ever found yourself at a crossroad where both paths are good choices? I'd love to hear any and all advice as far as taking steps forward!

25 comments:

  1. you look so cute!! and i totally know what you mean - can't wait to talk more over ice cream!

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  2. I know what you mean about croassroads. I love teaching but I wonder if this is it for me? I am trying to explore. Glad I found your blog. Come check out mine sometime!

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  3. Right now. I feel like I'm in a similar situation (that you were in). Currently, I'm fulfilling my college dream. I've got the job I dreamed of and I'm enjoying it. However, I've got this aching desire to get up and paint constantly. It's always been my passion. I've always loved it. But, it's always been a hobby. (Note: hobby) Recently, as just a side job - I opened an Etsy store and have been selling some products on Facebook. It's ignited a fire. For now I'll stay put, doing the job I planned and dreamed of - but, I'm not letting go of the painting/crafting dream either. As the shop continues to grow, I may be faced with a choice... for now, I stay - in the future, I may go. :) Not a comment filled with advice. But I will conclude by saying that I'd rather have a job I love and be poor, than a job I hate and be rich. So follow your dreams, no matter how big or small. (Cliche I know.)

    because of Him,
    Brianne

    aHeapeofLove.com/
    ps. here is my Etsy store link, if you want to check it out - http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChevvyandRons

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  4. Oh no!!! I hate that you had a mono. I hope you're all better now. I definitely have those moments a lot...it's good that you've been reflecting. Good luck with everything!

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  5. you're too cute! love that hairstyle too- I may just pin it and take it for my annual "chop it all off" haircut :)

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  6. You are so cute! Love the necklace paired with your top. Being at a crossroad, especially with two good paths is a great thing! Best of luck :)

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  7. What a fun way to use the bubble necklace! I love your outfit.

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  8. this looks so cute!! love it!

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  9. Loving the casual look with the statement necklace,,very cute! That shirt is totally adorbs!
    Sheree xxx
    www.itsnotthatdeep.com

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  10. Good luck following your dreams! Keep doing what you love.


    <3 Daryl
    Roots, Wings & Other Things
    $100 Anthropologie Giveaway

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  11. Stopping by from the link up...
    I know what you mean. Sometimes the best career move for you is to follow what you want. I did it, and I left all my family and friends wondering why I did it, but I did it to make me happy. Doing what makes me excited to wake up in the morning and chase my dreams is why sometimes coming to a crossroads is the best thing that can ever happen to someone!

    Clare
    Understated Classics

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  12. I do understand crossroads. I'm at one in my life. I recently lost my job due to organizational restructuring...my job was not restructured. So now, I feel like I can restart my career path if I really want to. I can do what I was doing, non-profit sector OR go back to working with kids (education). OR go to grad school. All could be great choices, it's more about what do I choose?!? So many possibilities and I really don't know. I wish you the best!

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  13. I can't wait to see where your life takes you! Sounds like you are making the right choice. I adore this outfit. That cute tee and bubble necklace...love!

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  14. You are adorable, what a happy outfit! Love it! Following now!

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  15. What a cute outfit and I LOVE those shoes, so cute happy and PINK. I hear you about the crossroads, I feel I am there too and have started to take steps towards fallowing them.

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  16. LOVE the necklace! Gonna have to enter that one! Found you thru the I Love My Online Friends GFC Hop! New Follower! YAY!

    Tif
    Ramblings of a Southern Belle
    http://www.her-southern-ramblings.blogspot.com

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  17. Have you all ever heard of Gussy? As in Gussy Sews?! She may just be the dream chasing kick in the butt voice of reason you all need!!!

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  18. I think it's wonderful that you are chasing your dreams! It takes a lot of courage

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  19. I love the striped top. It looks so cute with that necklace. Good luck with everything!

    -Mary @ stylethatmoves.blogspot.com

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  20. what a cute outfit! and what an encouraging and wise post! good for you for following your heart and trying something new!

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  21. Love the whole outfit! Praying for you and your journey!!

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  22. YES! I completely understand what you mean. Go for your dreams, girl! That way in the end you won't have any regrets :)

    Following you via GFC from The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife Blog Hop!

    Christina
    estelachristina.blogspot.com

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  23. Super cute outfit! I hope all is well now, I really love this post :)
    I am now following from the GFC blog hop!
    Myranda
    www.prettylivingpdx.com

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