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How and Why I found the time to go back to school. Plus an Apple Store Gift Card GIVEAWAY!

Posted on: by Kate

I have been wanting to go back to school pretty much since I graduated.  My husband has always been supportive of the idea, but it seemed life always got in the way. Whether it was that money was too tight, someone was having surgery, we were adopting, moving, whatever; it just wasn’t in the cards year after year. This year we feel we are ready and I am so excited! I’m so excited that I am giving away something fun to celebrate!

palm treesThis is my view as I duck into a computer lab for four hours once a week. When I leave class it is dark and my brain is mush. Two online classes start next month after I buy a new fancy computer. I opened up a life drawing book I hadn’t cracked in more than 15 years and it is nothing like riding a bike.  It’s hard you guys, but it feels really good.

I don’t know if it is self indulgent, but I wanted to share the reasons why I am going back to school. I hope it encourages others to consider it too! I put it off for a long time, but I am excited. I am guessing I am not the only mom in this boat.

I am turning 4o this year. In a lot of ways I am really basic. Going back to school is pretty much the most basic of mid-life crisis’. I went to school with a lot of hopes and aspirations for a career in the field of animation. I did really well in school, but ultimately graduated with a BA in Studio Art. My emphasis was in drawing and painting; my plan was to always go back to school ‘someday’. Someday never came. I am not at all unhappy with the choices I made when I was finished with school and when I got married.  All of those decisions are what made me who I am today and has a lot to do with why my family is as tight as it is.  That being said, the itch of unfinished school has never gone away.

Animation has always been my thing. Honestly, I don’t think if I will ever work in film animation, or if I really want to. The industry is a completely different animal than what it was when I was in school in my twenties. While film and TV may never be something I work towards, there are so many ways to use animation.  I think that will make my heart happy and I think I have a skill set that lends itself well to something in that industry.  My husband has often encouraged me to draw and learn new computer programs and I just didn’t have the time, focus, or belief in myself to do what I needed. I don’t know exactly what I want to do, but I think I am honing in. That is exciting.

Nobody telling me the notion is silly. Over the past several years I have had the opportunity to interview a lot of people in the entertainment industry.  It is interesting to hear people who talked about their craft and how they were encouraged to follow their dreams. Until I was about sixteen, I never had a single adult tell me animation was a good idea. I was consistently told what I loved was silly.  While I had financial support and was even told I was a talented artist, I was fed a constant message of “animation is silly”,  “this is throwing your life away”, and other things that I see now as an overreaction to something that naysayers just didn’t understand.  While I was strong-willed, some of that negative talk did drip in and it took its toll.  What I have learned over the years is that while I was taught that animation was a silly pipe dream, it really wasn’t. Only two hours up the road from my home were half a dozen studios (probably more) that employed thousands of animators and other creative film makers. To this day I don’t understand why those who should have encouraged me to dream big dreams thought animation was ridiculous, but they did. The past is the past and all we can do is learn from it.  A while back my husband said: “You know if you had just stayed in LA, you would have been working in a year, you were that close; you just got scared.” Looking back through a different lens, I believe he is correct. Lesson to be learned here : Encouraging words are important.

I feel like what I went to school for has always been knocking at the back of my mind. I remember being at a conference last summer where a woman in her 60s spoke about working in the animation department at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She talked about growing up in the 1960s and how thankful she was for having parents that encouraged her in her endeavors. I’ve sat in on interviews with animators for years now, and I understand what they are talking about just enough to really miss it. Technology has changed, but I can learn technology. Again, my hopes for school have evolved a bit, but there is so much more I can do with what training I already have if I am willing to add a little more to it.

My kids are bigger. Yes, we partially home school, but we have always raised our kids to be self-led.  As they get older and more independent, I feel like I can easily study alongside them. I hope they will be thankful for me taking the time to be home with them, but I also hope they will be encouraged by me working on something other than homemaking and blogging.

My friend died. I don’t know if this is a weird reason to go back to school, but this rattled me and helped me see so many things so clearly.  I have a handful of friends that I have been lucky enough to know for several decades.  My sweet friend, Kelly lost her battle with breast cancer last year at only 42 years old. I am still here, but I am a little broken. I have found myself doing things since she moved to heaven that I never did before.  I worry about putting things off for a time that may never come and living with regret.  Even if I live until I am 100, I don’t want to have a bunch of decades of “Maybe I will do that later.” or “I wish I had done more of what used my talents.”.

No House Projects.  This was probably one of the biggest contributing factors to us being comfortable with me going back to school.  We were lucky enough to have help in purchasing a fixer-upper about 3 years ago.  We’ve been fixing it up ever since.  My husband is handy and I always grew up in the middle of a home repair project so it kind of just became a way of life. Somewhere along the way necessity gave way to just project for project’s sake.  When some circumstances in our extended family relationships changed, the waters became less muddied.  We finished up loose ends and realized we didn’t really care about finding more ways to perfect our little house.  We realized how happy we were with what we had.  We found that we liked having the extra time to hang out with one another, and the extra money to do more than decorate with. Don’t get me wrong, we love our little house and are thankful for the opportunity we had, I’m just glad we don’t have any projects.

Watching others being held back makes me shudder. I remember hearing an older relative saying something years ago about wanting to maybe work in interior design; she hadn’t worked outside of the home in decades.  I am not sure if the thought was fleeting or if it was something she had been thinking about for a long time.  While my style is very different, I recognize her eye for design. She said something along the lines of wanting to maybe take some classes and that “I dunno, maybe I could have a whole career still…”.  She said it timidly, and rightfully so.  Her husband was right there. “Tsk,” he said audibly as he rolled his eyes. While nobody really responded, and it didn’t seem to bother anyone else, it really hurt me. Like, why not?  Why couldn’t she be an interior designer? What was so eye-roll worthy about that idea? Why couldn’t she use her skills for more than decorating her own home? Was he challenged by the idea of her working, making money, and perhaps getting praise from someone for her skills? It made me sad to hear this woman who likely has decades of life left was discouraged in pursuing something she was good at that made her happy. I guess it isn’t any of my business, but it terrified me that I might someday be in the same position. Kids grown, bored out of my mind, never doing anything else because I was too scared and not supported. It just made me a little depressed to think about it.  On the other hand, I am thankful that my husband doesn’t treat me the way this woman’s husband treats her; I don’t want to waste that blessing.

Stability of a two-income household.  I love that I am able to work from home and blogging has provided a decent income for my family.  While I love working for myself, we have discussed the benefits of working for a company.  We have made it a point to always live on one income, but we constantly worry that if Harry was to lose his job, become disabled, or die. I simply could not keep up our household on my income alone.  Benefits, a 401K, and just the consistency of a full-time job seems like a good thing for our family.

I can totally blog at the same time! I love that I can continue to work while going to school. I may have to cut back, but I love that blogging allows me some flexibility. Many of the friends I have made through blogging do so as a part-time (but full-time income) side hustle while working a full-time job elsewhere. Many of my friends are teachers, administrators, dentists, and more! I am so thankful that while I am in school, I can work and not lose out on income.  I am also thankful that I can keep my blog going even if I do start working in a completely different line of work. (Because this question always comes up – here is my blog post on How to Make Money Blogging)

Self Care.  Being in a classroom has always been good for me.  School was hard for me socially, but I really enjoyed learning.  My mind tends to race no matter what, so a classroom is somewhat soothing for me. It’s hard to explain, but I would prefer to be in a classroom than at a spa day.  I know that is not normal, but it is what it is.  A classroom is exciting and relaxing all at the same time. Self Care is something Harry and I typically put off, but I am so happy to indulge in some classroom time.  As self-care often does, it has really set a happy tone in our house.

So anyway, I’m just putting it out there : School is cool. If some time goes by that I am not here as often, I probably have a test or project or something. I will be back, I promise!  Blogging makes me happy and will always be my favorite work from home job.  I’m not going anywhere.  To celebrate me being all super brave and stuff, we have a fun giveaway!

I am giving away a $200 Apple gift card to one lucky Highlights Along the Way subscriber. WHAT?!  I know.  It’s awesome. First off, this is in no way sponsored by Apple (man, I wish).  I won this gift card nearly 2 years ago and have done nothing with it.  We aren’t an Apple family, but I bet some friends here are!

As with most of our giveaways, you must be a verified subscriber to Highlights Along the Way. Simply subscribe and leave us a comment letting us know what you want to be when you grow up.  That’s it! We also have several ways that you can earn more entries by engaging with us on social, but being a subscriber is the only requirement. Void where prohibited. This giveaway is valid only within the United States.

Enter for your chance to win in the Rafflecopter entry form below.  Giveaway starts NOW and will end on 4/25/2018. Winner will be chosen and notified by or before 4/28/2018. Winner will be contacted via email. Winner’s name will also be visible in the entry form (First name and last initial). Only the winner will be contacted. Winner MUST respond within 48 hours of winner announcement and provide a mailing address. If the winner does not respond within that time frame, the prize is forfeited and a new winner must be chosen. While we have never had a problem with a giveaway before, Highlights Along The Way cannot be held responsible for lost or damaged prizes.

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Until Next Time ~ Kate
Comments: 137 Responses
  1. Amy says:

    I wanted to be a mom and I am

  2. Amy S says:

    Go Kate go! How exciting to be back in school. I’ve always said I want to stay in school forever. My dear job would be to start and run a non profit that focuses on feeding school-aged children when not in school.

  3. Jessica Hackenson says:

    I remember 18 year old you and have always thought of you as one awesome animator! Go get em!

  4. Kari Banigo says:

    This post was so helpful. Best of luck to you!

  5. Jennifer T says:

    Yay for you going back to school! When I grow up I’d like to continue doing what I am doing (high school teacher) but I’d like to do more sewing and knitting. As my kids get older I’m hoping I will be able to find more time for that.

  6. Sara says:

    Thank you for this post. I needed it. Prayers for your new adventure and I have no doubt you will accomplish these new goals.

    I’ve always wanted to be a graphic designer. It’s been in the back of my mind a lot lately and yesterday I even pulled out some of my old artwork to show the kids. I decided to frame and display them as a reminder of my dream. This post is the nudge I needed to take the next step. However little it might be. Thank you and good luck!

    • kate says:

      That is so awesome! Last year my daughter said something about Daddy being an artist and my husband goes “You know, your mom went to school for art too, she is an artist too.” and all my kids went “Nah…” – it killed me, they weren’t being mean, they just didn’t know me as an artist – glad to get back into it! I hope you go for it! I started with one class (it was supposed to be three and two got cancelled) – but one class to start has actually been really good!

  7. Maryanne says:

    An astronaut…or a business owner!

  8. Surbhi K says:

    I wanted to be a mother to two kids, and thankfully I’m there!

  9. Surbhi K says:

    I’m a subscriber

  10. Marjorie says:

    I’m not sure I’ll ever know with 100% certainty what I want to be when I “grow up”. I’m pretty content with where I am now, but a little self improvement never hurts and new adventures with family and friends are always very much looked forward to. I am just trying to enjoy the ride and not take any of it for granted!

  11. Cara says:

    I always wanted to be a news broadcaster, received by degree in journalism but never did it.

  12. Kimmy Ripley says:

    I am a stay at home mom but I would love love love to go to culinary school to become a chef!

  13. Will G says:

    I am a subscriber. I am already grown up, but I wanted to be a video game developer.

  14. Ellie Wright says:

    I’m a subscriber and all I ever wanted to be was a mom. My boys both want to be professional baseball players they say.

  15. Rachel says:

    I’m a subscriber. I always wanted to be in the medical field when I grew up and that’s what I ended up doing.

  16. Zoe says:

    I really enjoyed this post. While I’m younger than you I definitely feel that push to go back to school, finish that degree and get a ‘real’ job. I think of The Office quote ‘There’s always a million reasons not to do something.” Best of luck to you!! To answer the giveaway question, when I was a kid I wanted to be a mailwoman. Or work at Trader Joes. Honestly both sound pretty good even now.

  17. cas says:

    i am a subscriber. i want to be a mom.

  18. Roxanne says:

    I’m an accountant but would have loved to be a studio musician recording movie soundtracks! My son says he wants to be a dad.

  19. Bunny says:

    I want to travel more….when I grow up!

  20. Stephanie V. says:

    Yes, I am a subscriber. I just completed my breast cancer treatments (and this is my second cancer) so totally understand not putting things off. Of course, ignoring budget constraints. Cancer is incredibly expensive! I am a self-employed consultant. Haven’t worked in 6 months, but hope to get back to it soon. Hard times right now unfortunately.

  21. Chrissy says:

    I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up but thankfully I have a job I really love and I’m a mom so I’m super content!

  22. Calvin says:

    I am new to this site and jut subscribed. I want to help people , and be a mindful person

  23. Tondi Greenberg says:

    Still not sure what I wanna be when I grow up! Been fairly successful at this Mommy thing, so far!

  24. Janis says:

    Your an inspiration because it’s never too late to get an education. I’m currently a SAHM for two boys and I’ve been tinkering with the idea of going back to school next fall, I would love to study photography and childhood education.

  25. Ashley B. says:

    I always wanted to be a psychologist, but I am a stay at home mom of 2! I love it and still have aspirations to go back to school for psychology in the future.

  26. Amber Wright says:

    I wanted to be a Veterinarian. But I hated school. So I have two kids and four dogs! I have my hands full!

  27. Toni says:

    I’m a subscriber! Thanks for sharing your inspiration to go back to school! You will do great! I want to be a good human and raise my daughters to be good humans.

  28. Natalie says:

    I am a subscriber. I wanted to be either a vet, doctor or teacher when I grew up. I ended up being none of those.

  29. Heidi says:

    I want to go back to my former life as a photographer. My career died a slow, painful death after I married a sailor and we were stationed in an area that didn’t have much work. I probably could have stayed in the game if I shot weddings or portraits but I’d rather wait tables… Then we had a kid and have moved multiple times since and it’s just hard to get back in the game when you’re holding down the for during deployments and countless underways. But the kid is getting older and time is opening up so we’ll see what the future holds!

  30. Rebekah Butler says:

    I’ve actually thought about this a lot lately. I love being a SAHM , so I’m not sure if I’ll want to go back to work in any kind of timeframe that would allow for a big career. But, I’ve dreamed of being a lawyer, designing my own clothing line, working in city government or for a non-profit!

    • kate says:

      I LOVE being at home too and I totally agree! I think I waited a while because I already feel a little conflicted, but ultimately I think it is good for all of us. You are an amazing mama, you would also be awesome at all of those things – I kinda want to see your clothing line come to life – it would be beautiful for sure!

  31. Renee M. says:

    I Recently watch a story about Walt Disney. When he was growing up his parents thought his desire to become a cartoon artist was a waste of time. He became great even through all his failures! It’s interesting to hear my daughter’s perceptive on college, it’s for the young. I let her know I am planning to continue some day 🙂 She now knows it’s never too late. Enjoy!

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  33. Jennie C. says:

    This is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. I let my fears talk me out of it. I am not sure if I’d like to do occupational therapy or get my masters in social work. I need to let faith and not my fears drive me!

  34. Joanna M. says:

    Actually in school now for medical billing.

  35. Sabrina P says:

    I want to be a business owner of some kind when I grow up! Still deciding on what kind of business 🙂

  36. Melanie says:

    YAY! I’m so excited for you, Kate! I left teaching this year, and it’s been so huge for me. I never really knew what I wanted to do when I grew up so I became a teacher like everyone else in my family. I was pretty good at it, but it wasn’t nearly as creative as I had hoped. So I hustled and worked two full-time jobs until I could leave teaching. It’s scary starting over, but it feels so good to do what you’re meant to do. Best of luck to you on this new adventure! Can’t wait to read about the highlights along the way.

  37. Cheryl E says:

    I’m a long time subscriber. I always thought it would be awesome to work either in a used book store or at a library. I still might work at a library part time when my kids get older. I would just love to be surrounded by books!

  38. Cali C says:

    Enjoy being subscribed to your blog and newsletters. You always have real life interesting things that you are talking about and I really appreciate that. I went back to school a few years ago and I have one year left to finish for my Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Management. However I will admit, there are so many things that I want to be when I grow up, But ultimately I just want for my daughter and I to be happy and healthy and the rest will figure out as we go.

  39. Jodi says:

    Good luck to you! When I grow up…. I am a school psychologist and a mommy! I feel pretty lucky to have the “jobs” I have!

  40. Katherine says:

    I want to earn my PHD in botany with Masters in Drama and Architecture. I want to film real life adventures and build beautiful things. I am a few years older then you and it still has not hit a sweet spot in out lives for me to go back. I also have a 20 month old who keeps me so busy I wouldn’t be able to sleep if I got to go back to school. I can’t wait to follow your educational journey.

  41. Carissa says:

    I have my Bachelors of Science degree, but have the least amount of schooling in my family because I was the only one going through college knowing that simply a degree would help me make more money (it did) and give me more opportunities (it did), but I didn’t actually have a plan for it. I sort of envied those people with a clear cut passion, or at least a clear talent. Something that they LOVED learning about. I toyed with going back to school for a master’s or teacher’s credential, but I didn’t want to teach – and I couldn’t think of anything for me that was worth spending the money to get my master’s for. I’m now a stay at home mom (with 3 extremely part-time jobs), and I’m happy. Not financially well-off – but happy. 😉

  42. Sandy says:

    Congrats and way to go with the schooling effort! Maybe someday I’ll get back to programming.

  43. Katie Pitman says:

    I love this post so much, Kate! It’s inspiring to see you moving forward to fulfill dreams and staying grounded to your family, too. When I was little, I always wanted to be a national park ranger or a writer. I’ve never been what the world calls ambitious, but I’ve had so many dreams fulfilled with my sweet family and our home in nature/ the middle of nowhere. Now my dreams of the future are fuzzier, but my passions are in nature and books and making more love & goodness in the world. I hope God will lead me to where I should go, because even if I’m not clear on it now, I know that there are good plans for us. Thanks for the new thoughts to mull over!

  44. Rust says:

    I want to own my very own garden nursery when I grow up, specializing in hard to find tropicals. I subscribed!

  45. Lorry Curtis says:

    I Love this. Congrats and way to pursue schooling after all these years!!

  46. Anica Oaks says:

    I want to work in the Birth world somewhere—was a doula for 5 years, but I think I want to get into childbirth education.

  47. Kim C says:

    I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, maybe a math teacher or athletic trainer. For now, I’m a mom & I’ve always wanted to have the opportunity to stay home and raise my children. I’m fortunate to be able to do that.

  48. Rachelle M says:

    How exciting!
    I’m finically doing what I’ve always wanted to do by opening my own private practice as an infant feeding specialist.

  49. CHRISTINA says:

    I am happy where I am in my grown up life right now. I am a wife to a great husband and an Aunt to two nieces and three nephews.

  50. Stefanie G says:

    I am a subscriber! I always wanted to be an actress when I was younger!

  51. Aimee says:

    Congratulations. That is really awesome and a wonderful example for your children.

  52. ellen beck says:

    I am a subscriber

    Cant get your rafflecopter to work it isnt showing the boxes in chrome firefox or IE. Have tweeted and sent a message with the pictures of what I am getting.

    It is nice going back to school as a non trad. I think you’re much more focused and less distracted. You’re gonna do great.

    Ahhh… as to what I want to be… that’s a toughie. I also went back to school as a non trad (at 26) and got my BSW in social work. I worked in the school system and group homes and miss it terribly at times. During the time I was in school, I noticed my right hand actually pinkie twitching now and again, it kept progressing slowly after graduation, I was finally diagnosed sometime after. I am disabled now.
    I would love though to do a community garden. I live in town, but we have bought the 2 lots next to us. We live in an area of town where people need to learn to grown some of their own food to supplement their diets. I have always been an avid gardener/composter/make due with what you have type person, and I can still do something like this I think. Thats my dream. We get the lots May 29, so plenty of time to prepare the ground, and maybe do some kind of publicity.

  53. Bryan Vice says:

    I am a subscriber ! even though i am 33 years old i face the fact that i still dont know what i wanna be. I wish i took school more serious when i was growing up, i do know i love to help people and counsel kids so i have thought about going to school to be a school counselor to give kids someone to lean on when times are tough.

  54. Cory Boll says:

    I’m lucky to be a WAHM but what i do is definitely not my dream job. I think if I wasn’t a single mom and could manage going back to school, I’d go into some field of counseling. When I grow up, I think I’ll be BRAVE, like you 🙂 Well done Kate! *fistbump*

  55. Lisa Marie says:

    I wanted to be a model and a mommy. I’m only 5’3, but I have 4 kids. 🙂

    • kate says:

      Here is to you finding a petite clothing line that needs you as their model! Congrats on four kiddos! Mommy was top of my list too! 3 kids – check!

  56. carol clark says:

    i want to be a good mom and a good ex wife and overall a good person while im still growing up but i always wanted to work for the fbi but ill settle for what i got but that was my dream and to go to cali and im a subscriber

  57. LIZANDRO says:

    i am a subscriber
    Electrical engineer and one day i will be!!!

  58. Angela says:

    I’m back in school, too! I just want to be happy. I am, so life goal achieved!

  59. aaron reck says:

    I just always wanted to learn more and keep my options open. I still am. Glad to be a follower.

  60. Terry says:

    I am a subscriber. I went back to school in my 30’s as a single parent of 3 children to become a Special Education Teacher.

  61. Starla says:

    Wow, so awesome Kate! Also, so very generous of you to give the card away! I am actually starting back school in Summer for my nursing degree. I also want to be a mama one day too. 😉

  62. nickie says:

    I’m a grown up and I wanted to be a mommy, rockstar, Social worker. I love being a mommy and I have my BS in Psych./Socio

  63. Cheryl B says:

    When I grow up I would love to work in the space industry.

  64. Tee A says:

    I wanted to be a nurse till I saw internal organs and blood! I would love to own a floral shop. I subscribe.

  65. Helen says:

    I am a subscribe, and I always wanted to be a teacher or a veterinarian.

  66. Casey Garvey says:

    IF or when I ever grow up I want to be a diver. Id live in a tiny house traveling from place to place. Following as well.

  67. alena svetelska says:

    i am subscriber…i am stay at home mom..thinking about going back to school..

  68. Viridiana Delemar says:

    Subscriber here. I really want to be a coroner/pathologist. I want to work on the dead. Anything that involves the human body and being able to dig deep and see what is going on or what has happen that’s for me.

  69. Alicja Ellis says:

    Still trying to figure it out. I’m working part time at a preschool and considering going to school for Child Development.
    Social Work or counseling could be another option also!

  70. Austyn Burns says:

    I wanted to be a teacher, but I am currently in school to be a surgical technologist. Now that I’m doing that, I’m thinking about nursing!

  71. Honestly, I wish I knew. I know what I like and I know what I’m good at, but haven’t found a way to marry the two. Congrats!

  72. allyson evers says:

    love it. I just turned 40 myself and am feeling that I need to finish many of the things I started. I think you for the post, as it has me thinking!

  73. Gina Ferrell says:

    I’m a subscriber! I wanted to be a Gymnastics coach because I loved doing gymnastics from the age 3 to 17. I met the man of my dreams got marry and had a beautiful daughter and glad that I can be a stay at home mom.

  74. Melissa says:

    Oh man! Congrats!! If I could do anything else(other than be a mom/homemaker)…I would love to do something creative! Lettering, painting, crocheting, maybe even graphic design.

  75. Sonya Allstun says:

    I am now a subscriber glad I found your blog. I remember wanting to be a vet when I was younger along with being one at a zoo or anything to do with animals

  76. Courtney says:

    Hello I subscribe to your Facebook and Instagram. Awesome you are going back to school. Good question…I wish I had a specific thing I’d like to be. I would love my own business…but what ?? I like to bake and can be creative. But would also like something internet based only. One of these days my brilliant idea will come to me. Until then happy with my job(most days) and being a mom.

  77. Cindy H says:

    I want to be a stay at home mommy! Like I am!!!

  78. Tara L says:

    I am a stay at home mother for now, but wouldn’t mind working part time in a nursing home. I love working with elderly people (:

    I am a subscriber to your Instagram, Facebook & Emails.

  79. Viia Scurr says:

    I always wanted to be a stewardess for an airline. I ended up becoming a mom and my brother became the flight attendant. Am a little jealous but love my boys! Congrats on going back to school and good luck! 🙂

  80. Ash H says:

    So proud of you, girl!

  81. Lindsey Allen says:

    I wanted to be an interior designer. I started design school at an exclusive design institute but was working st my church and droppped our to Persue a job in ministry and north coast church gave me a full scholarship to BIOLA instead.

  82. Lindsey Allen says:

    I worked for a decade in churches and now I work as a tech support agent for an amazing company that builds web apps for churches. If I go back to school it would be for coding so I can work on some of our projects with the designers and developers at my company.

  83. Kristi says:

    I’m a subscriber
    Currently I’m a part time waitress but I’ve
    Always always wanted to be a mom. and I’m so grateful for both my children I love every day of it.

  84. Melanie M says:

    Love your blog and social media profiles–and this article is great. I totally understand your rationale and it also gives me some food for thought.

  85. Jennifer H says:

    I desperately wanted to be a graphic designer or join the military. I know, complete opposite extremes. I was once married to a military man for over 10yrs, moving every so many years and took the ASVAB 2x scoring higher than him each time, lol! That counts as something, right?! Sadly, I have not fully completed either task, but tomorrow is a new day full of adventure. Best wishes to you on your new journey!!

  86. Shakeia Rieux says:

    I wanted to be an ultrasound technician, and might consider going back to school for that.

  87. Tammy Connors says:

    I actually love my current job as an accountant, but “when I grow up,” I am considering going back to school to learn more about social media marketing. Or I might want to do something more creative, like party planning.

  88. Anne N. says:

    I am a subscriber! I always wanted to be a veterinarian, but then realized how much chemistry and schooling was involved.

  89. Sophia DeSantis says:

    I want to be a great mom! I hope to still like to blog part time like I do now, and maybe do something more with my photography skills. But ultimately, I want to be a great mom. Raise good kids who make good decisions and be able to be there for them any time they need me. Not too exciting

  90. Cindy H says:

    I always wanted to be a police officer or a show girl…..well I grew up to work with Special needs students as a transition specialist/mobility trainer. I am subscribed!

  91. christine says:

    I love being a mom! I am a subscriber.

  92. Adam says:

    It sounds weird but I always wanted to be a a garbage man. They get to hang off the back of the truck and swing around. it seemed fun when i was a kid

  93. Brenda S says:

    Thanks so much for the chance! I’ve had so many opportunities through the years for which I am grateful: working in museums, being a high school teacher, and being a parent. Hoping that if I ever make that magic point of retirement we will be able to travel and work with animal rescue a bit more. Plus, more sewing and reading time!

  94. Laura Griggs says:

    That’s awesome! I wish you luck on your endeavor. I want to be a jeweler when I grow up. I plan on attending school myself soon.

  95. Stephanie Garland says:

    I am a subscriber, I’m a math teacher who loves supporting new teachers. As I grow older I’d like to have a position that bridges colleges to school districts and authentically supports new teachers in the classroom.

  96. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I am a subscriber. Good for you! I wish you the best of luck! I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was a kid.

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  98. Susan Smith says:

    I’m a subscriber. I have always wanted to work around animals. maybe a vet tech.

  99. Lynn T. says:

    I hope to go back to school one day too, but having a full time job makes it not possible. Good luck to you I hope I can do what you do have a family work and enjoy life

  100. sarah s says:

    I’m subscribed and I’m an adult but still searching what I want to do.

  101. Adam says:

    I went back to school last year and it was the most rewarding thing ive ever done.

  102. Luna S says:

    I wanted to be a vet, however after watching some of the vet shows on animal planet I didn’t think I could stomach it.

  103. Erin M says:

    I always wanted to be a lawyer, no my son want’s to be one so there’s still a chance for a lawyer in the family.

  104. Joyce says:

    I’ve been a long time subscriber! I want to be a restaurant blogger when I grow up!

  105. Sarah Mayer says:

    I’m a subscriber!

    I always wanted to be a mom as a little girl!

  106. Andrea Peregretti says:

    I’m a subscriber and I’d like to be an actress/writer.

  107. Jenny Scheldberg says:

    Growing up my grandma always told me I could be a nurse and take care of her when she was older. I’m not a nurse but I am in the medical field where I get to work with senior citizens.

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