Dream Big

Jared and I had one of those conversations recently that got me excited about life again. That's not to say I wasn't happy and enjoying each day as much as possible…. but it was a conversation that just made us both light up. Made us both feel alive, energized, excited, hopeful, scared, giddy even.

We were just laying in bed one night, already awake later than we should be, talking about our jobs and how neither of us is quite satisfied with where we are in our careers. We both have so many hopes and dreams that lie outside of a "normal" 9-5(ish) job. We both have many talents we want to share and use to really reach people in ways that our current jobs just don't.

While the conversation started out like a typical, "Ughh… I'm so sick of my job. I hate work… I need a vacation…" it soon turned into one that truly motivated us both I think. We started really talking about finances and where we'd like to be in a year, or two. We discussed how realistic some of these dreams of ours really could be. We made mental lists of a couple people we could contact to get the ball rolling when we were ready. We were making our dreams possibilities!


Now it's not to say this is going to take place tomorrow, or this month… or even this year. We have a lot on our plates in regards to our student loan debt and that's definitely still #1 on our priority list. But just to think about the endless possibilities that are out there… to think about us actually DOING WHAT WE LOVE for a living?! It seriously got my blood pumping and for the first time in awhile I truly felt DRIVEN and MOTIVATED to go after the things I really want out of life.

I never want to be one of those people who just says, "I can't wait to do this!" or, "Oh my gosh, I wish I could just do that!" No, I want to be the one who truly achieves the things they want. The person who goes after their passion, their dream and can look back and say, "Yes, this is what I've done and this is what I'm proud of!"


It's a phrase we've all heard a million times before, but it's one I love, and one that I have on my desk at the job that I don't want to be at forever. So how would you answer this question today? I know there are so many people in the same boat as Jared and I, working, collecting paychecks, but just wishing we could do something we loved. What would you go after if you knew you'd succeed??

31 comments

  1. Thank you so much for this post! I actually changed careers a few weeks before I was graduating college! I had a good paying job all set up, but decided I would not be happy and that there was more to life than making money. So I headed back to college for another year and half to become a teacher :) It is so much rewarding to do something you LOVE..good for both of you discussing this! It is an inspiration and reminder to me :)

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  2. Ya just gotta be happy in your career! ;) go after those dreams sistaaa!

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  3. Wow, Erin! That's so awesome! I love my job (for the most part), but have so many dreams of working for myself at the same time. Good luck!

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  4. That's so awesome Erin!!! I know you guys will get to those dreams! :)

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  5. Go after it girl! This is so great!

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  6. UGH! This is exactly where me and Jordan are at right now too. Great post :) Get after it, and smash it!!! :)

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  7. I just wanna train puppy dogs all day every day and then also teach people about nutrition full time! Is that too much to ask?! :) Thank you so much for this post, sweet girl! I KNOW you and Jared are going to achieve those big dreams in no time, and you're gonna take the world by storm!!! GO GIRL, GO GIRL!

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  8. I needed to read this post! I feel like I'm the girl you don't want to be. I always say "I wish we could on on a vacation" "I wish we could just get away for the weekend" I wish, I wish, I wish and we never actually do anything we want to do. I feel like doing things we want to do is more important than not living, you know? Because you don't know when you're last day here is... this has got me thinking & that's never good :)

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  9. This just gave me goosebumps! It is very exciting to plan and have goals and actually achieve them! I am happy you are on your way to doing what you love! I am still trying to figure out what I want to do when I "grow up." Haha! :)

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  10. Oooooh I cant wait to find out what you REALLY want to do!! I went through this same thing recently (must be the whole turning 30 thing that had me realizing to get things moving)! But I'm slowly and surely doing the same thing and working on my PASSION.....blog post about it to come soon! :)
    Congrats girly! :)

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  11. Love this! I think blogging is such a great way to meet new people and open yourself up for new adventures. That's what I'm doing to follow my dreams :) So far so good. Good luck with whatever it is you're planning. The daily grind and student loans can be such a pain, but here's to the light at the end of the tunnel!!

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  12. You 2 are awesome! Love your motivation. It's inspiring. :) Get it girl!

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  13. So true! Definitely something to think about!

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  14. I totally get this! I'm trying to figure that out right now... after losing my job a month ago, I am trying to find something I can love. I do NOT want to go back to a stupid 9-5 that I hate. It's the worst.

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  15. So much luck in reaching those dreams. We have some of the same ones and I hope that I get there one day too!

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  16. Love this post! :) You can do it!!

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  17. Erin,
    Thanks for this post. I've been feeling the same way lately. I'm not doing what I want to be doing AT ALL. I've come to the realization that I may have to take a step backward to then spring forward again and I am happy/okay with that. I need to be happy in my everyday life as opposed to living for what might come next. I have started pursuing a career path that I am passionate about and can't wait to see where I end up! I hope the same for you and Jared.

    xoxo, Karra

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  18. Love this post! Glad to know that I am not the only one out there who is not satisfied with what I am doing. There is nothing that depresses me more than knowing that I am working at a job I hate not using any of the degrees that I worked so hard to achieve. I actually applied for a couple of jobs this morning so fingers crossed something comes out of them so that I can finally start doing something that I love instead of working at a dead end job just so that I can make money to pay off my education. Wishing the best for both you and Jared!!

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  19. I love this post. It's just one of those things you need to read sometimes!
    If I knew I could easily make it happen and wouldn't fail, I would probably be doing something with professional photography of some sort! Like on a larger scale, not just a small town portrait photographer (which I'm not). Something in music or sports, or celeb/magazines.
    Doug & I had a similar, yet not so similar talk last night.
    He said that when we(he) retires we're going to take a foodie tour around the US. & I was like, "Yes, please!"
    It's similar because it just gives that overwhelming happiness & something to look forward to, to work towards.
    I love sitting in bed talking about what we want in life, etc. etc.
    I know you two will definitely reach your dreams! Good Luck!

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  20. You've said this all wonderfully! You have to hold onto your dreams.
    IF I could, I would love to be a travel writer and photographer. Maybe someday...

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  21. You've said this all wonderfully! You have to hold onto your dreams.
    IF I could, I would love to be a travel writer and photographer. Maybe someday...

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  22. I absolutely loved reading this post Erin. I completely agree with you. I am currently completing my MBA and funny enough being in business i DONT want to sit in front of a computer all day in an office 9 to 5. I LOVE what you're saying. I think sometimes people talk about it but just need to go and do it. I'm sure its easier said than done, but my dream is to open my own business (successfully I hope) before I am 30. I'm still working towards that goal. And I love fashion so much I hope to do something in that too. A part of me knows deep down that things will work out as they should, if that makes sense? I wish you all the best with your dreams. I KNOW you will get them! Keep that positivity alive and anything is possible girl! xo

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  23. This is me right now, too. I'm completely miserable but I've felt stuck because I've been the breadwinner at home. But now my husband's business is really taking off and we just last night had a conversation about planning my exit strategy from my current job (where I've been FAR too long).

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  24. I just sighed a deep sigh of relief to know that I'm not the only one dissatisfied with how things are. I'm blessed to have a job that pays the bills and is stable but I agree there's a lot more I want out of life and want to give too.

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  25. You need to write a motivational book ;) You really do have a way with words. I'm glad you're feeling good. I'm in such a weird position. I absolutely love staying home with the boys but of course I have dreams. I've given the past 10 yrs to John's career. I don't see that changing anytime soon. I just keep praying. I know God has a bigger plan.

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  26. This is so great! I love dreaming with my husband. :-)

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  27. Thanks for this post. I needed to be reminded. I'm going to dream with my husband tonight. We need to stop wishing and do some doing.

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  28. I just love this friend. Late night talks with the husbands are the best. Michael and I always joke that we could save the world snuggled in bed. Hehe you are the very best and are amazing at whatever you put your sweet heart into. :)

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  29. Girl, this post rocked my socks. So so so true. And just what I needed to hear this morning. So, thank you! xoxo

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  30. I love this because I have been thinking about this a lot myself w some debt I have! Sometimes it sucks being grown up {bills wise} but there are so many ways to get things back on top and just need to stick to the plan and do it keep those dreams alive friend!

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  31. amazing post & blog!

    new follower :) joanna-dan.blogspot.com

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