A couple of years ago I graduated from from Western Kentucky University with a science degree and I really thought I wanted to go to dental school and get my DMD. Then I got wait-listed. At the time it felt like the world was ending.. but after taking some time away from hitting the books etc., I realized I was pushing myself towards something that would’ve made me less of who I really am. And if you’re not reall ypassionate about something, are you putting in the effort? I think that happens a lot as we grow up… we start following what we think is the ‘pragmatic path’, but I’m not really sure that ‘pragmatic’ means what it used to mean 20, 30, 50 years ago? (More on that another time.) With all of that in mind I didn’t re-apply, started working a job that wasn’t going to put me in debt (because going into 250k worth of debt for a degree I might hate seems a little silly??), and a-lot of really amazing things happened:
I met my now husband- who is one of the best people I know and truly my best friend. I have other incredibly close friends, sisters + family but there really is nothing like getting to spend every day with someone you’re so in sync with. I met him 4 years ago in January of 2016.. and now we’re buying our first home together, traveling the world, and creating a life we both have always wanted and needed. Life obviously comes with it’s ups and downs – but I wouldn’t trade a day of our life together for anything. Being with Evan has made me more compassionate, more intellectually minded, more spiritual.. and just an all around better person than I was on my own.
I got a giant dog- which again through all of my troubles with Thunder: he has been one of my biggest blessings. Nothing teaches you responsibility like working full time, living alone and getting a 12 week old puppy that will grow to be 100 pounds. (Insert sigh and shake of the head at my tiny old apartment in the Highlands of Louisville that was my first apartment on my own).
I changed jobs and got my current full time job- which while isn’t a job I ever found myself dreaming of as a little girl- has forced me to grow up in many ways. ( Being on time, not dressing like a slob, time management, professionalism, etc. — all things I truly didn’t have until I had to get an adult job and that I’m still refining on a regular basis.)
All of these things that happened may seem like the normal pace of life things, but to me they put into perspective who I was and how I am now. I never thought 2, 3, 6 years ago that my life would be where it is or that blogging or starting my own business was something I would’ve been doing + enjoying, but here we are! If you need help turning your passions into a business, don’t hesitate to reach out!