10 March 2014

Counting Stars

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Growing up, I've run the gamut on things I "wanted to be." I went through the whole inconceivable job choice phase, like superhero who could fly and was indestructible. Then there were the technically humanly possible but still very unlikely options like fighter jet pilot or ninja. The age and wisdom that came from college snort made me desirous of being a world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon or jet-set book editor living it up in Manhattan. And reality hit sometime shortly after college and I made the correlation between what I want to do and what I have the skills to do (funny they never teach you that in school ...)

Granted I've been working in the "real world" for years now, but every once in a while I'd like to wonder what I could do (you know, realistically as if job was the only consideration) if I decided one day to change my path. And the current "want to be" for this city-grown gal? Innkeeper.

The "idea of it" sounds pretty sweet in my mind - buy a big ole lakefront Victorian in some idyllic small town and bake yummy treats all day and tend to my garden while I take care of no more than four-five guests at a time. I think I could technically do it - aside from the whole not being able to afford a big fancy Victorian and probably not being able to make enough money hosting that few people at a time ... and about a million other things.

I'll probably think of something else next week.

Being pseudo-realistic in today's most random of topics - if you suddenly wanted a total career change, what would you want to do?

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Jacket: Old Navy tie-waist (worn here - same in camo, as vest, sim)
Top: Boden bow front (sim solid, floral)
Jeans: Gap (sim, sim)
Necklace: Elizajay Charm (worn here - sim, sim, bracelet)
Bracelets: C.Wonder (sim), Sage K and Co (the original, sim), Betsey Johnson
Rings: F21 square set & beetle (sim)
Shoes: Michael Kors hamilton (worn here - sim, simpler, peep)
Clutch: Moschino (sim, sim, black, satchel)

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59 comments:

  1. That star print top is so nice! :) If I could change my job right away, I'd want to have my own handbag store! Completely impractical as I'd end up keeping all the stock for myself....haha. But it would be a fun dream! :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. You do have an awfully good eye for handbags, girl, you could totally rock that.

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  2. This is such a cute top!!! Amazing clutch!!! Would you like to follow each other on GFC? Please let me know on my blog so I can follow back. Thank you.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  3. I am teacher now but would love to spend my days traveling the world and taking photos. Not really sure how I would afford it and what would become of those photos. Haven't quite figured out how I would earn a living and survive. I doubt my photos are t=good enough for people to pay me hundreds of dollars for them.
    That's my dream.
    Love the outfit.
    www.jadeblyssjourney.blogspot.com

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    1. That sounds wonderful - it's all about exploration and growth.

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  4. If I won the lottery today, I would quit my job and open a doggie day care. That would be my dream, to play with dogs all day! (in the meantime, I should really get a dog.)
    I love your top, of course I love the colour....

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    1. Ooh yeah, like the outdoorsy type doggie daycare that the chick has in that movie The Lucky One. That'd be way fun!

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  5. Oh my gosh. I am just wanting annnyyythttthhiiiinnnnggg at this point. I'm overwhelmed with options right now and can't think about an actual career. Anyway, I love that top!

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    1. You still gotta get through school - the rest is easy! ;o)

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  6. Backup dancer for Beyonce!

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  7. Visual merchandiser, window display and store design specialist. I would be working for Anthropologie right now but the cads are all ageist. They only hire people under the age of 25 because they get grants from the government here.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I never realized that, but now that I think about it, I've never seen anyone that seems out of their 20s working at Anthro, hm ...

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  8. I'd love to open up my own little clothing boutique! One day!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. Ooh, that sounds like fun! Imagine stocking the store, like shopping in bulk!

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  9. that is actually the question i am asking myself right now, and find the answer is just as much of a struggle as it always was... what is the dream job, and why is so hard to even indulge myself with something totally unrealistic and then try to find the attainable answer?
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. I'm with you - there's always the job that pays the bills, the dream, and them something in-between. I'm still looking too!

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  10. Haha I'm like you. Even in high school I was seriously considering careers like being an astronaut or paleontologist. Sometimes even now I wonder if I could have accomplished something different in a science or math field. Innkeeper sounds amazing, too. There's a cute B&B that we like to stay in on occasion and I think the owners have the coolest job.

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    1. Astronaut would have never flown for me - I get motion sick sometimes. Don't they put astronauts in those big spinning pods during training? Yeah, I'd never get past that myself, haha.

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  11. Love your necklace! You and your readers can find a giveaway we are hosting for a beautiful statement necklace here: http://www.createbakecelebrate.com/2014/03/february-bijoux-box-and-giveaway.html

    Love your look!
    XOXO Holly @ createbakecelebrate.com

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  12. That's awesome, that's my same goal! I have worked in hotels for years now and my goal is to open a bed and breakfast in South Carolina. I want a twelve room b & b and think it would be so wonderful. But you would totally make enough money to keep it up. B & B's charge insane prices. ($300-400 a night! Yikes!)
    -ash
    www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

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    1. $300-400 a night? Yowzer is right! Maybe one of these days I should stay in one to get a real idea of what it's like ...

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  13. Hey I know that top. LOL. I have it in the ivory and was going to include it in the next Boden Weekly Review Roundup, guess I will have some company in the post. You look so pretty in this one, I love it in green for your complexion.

    I had a complete career change, from Capitol Hill minion to full time American History teacher to SAHM/Personal Style blogger, and by some stroke of (dumb) luck, I am actually making money from this whole "I love clothing and decided to write about it" thing. I can't believe it! So I don't have any desire to have another career change.

    *Okay, I lie. If someone wanted to pay me to travel to hotels around the world and review them, I would...in a heartbeat.*

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    1. Yay, I'd love to know what you thought of the top. I got a load of stuff during Boden's clearance - which I am glad I did now since some of the prices have gone back up!

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    2. Lisa, me, too. One of the sweaters I purchased, and now one of my most favorite Boden pieces ever, went from $29 during the 80% off sale back up to over $100 after the sale was done. $29--clearance price. Over $100--not really sounding like clearance to me, lol. ;)

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  14. This shirt is so cute, love the jacket as well!

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  15. I would love to be a photo journalist or travel writer. Or perhaps a school counselor.

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    1. Ooh travel writer sounds exciting. Now if I could have Anthony Bourdain's job, circa No Reservations days.

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  16. lisa, I think you should be a personal stylist on the side. like a consultant. you have a great eye for fashion and accessories! people pay for that! evaluate a person's wardrobe. tell them what they need to add or get rid of. you would be perfect. for me, I would love to open a bath & body shop. hahaha love that jacket!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Aw, thanks, but I have enough trouble figuring out what to keep and what should go in my own wardrobe, haha.

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  17. That star top is fab! I love the color, too. Hmmmm. I still don't know what I want to be. So, I can't very well change from undecided to more undecided. Or can I? ; ). Innkeeper sounds great. Except for the whole cleaning thing. I can barely pick up after myself. Let alone people who are expecting me to do so! Why does everything good have to be hard?

    Jenni

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    1. I know - and I'm not sure if I would have the patience to deal with all those people either ... hm ...

      I still totally say "when I grow up ..." haha.

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  18. innkeeper, that's sweet! I don;t know why I have the image of Meryl Streep in mamma mia coming to my head right now maybe because her house was so pretty! to answer your question, probably a chef and food taster

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    1. Ooh, I never thought of owning an inn in an exotic locale, hmm ...

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  19. I am always coming up with new career paths, and I'm still in school for my first one. Being an innkeeper would be so fun! Past career aspirations have included: wedding planner, journalist, professional grocery shopper, spa cook, and teacher.

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    1. I've considered wedding planner myself, but it feels like too much pressure - you've got someone's dream of a lifetime in your hands, haha.

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  20. love that jacket! i'm always conjuring up new career dreams :)

    ~Chioma
    C's Evolution of Style

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  21. The print of this top is so fun. I think if I could, I would be a restaurant reviewer since I love to eat so much.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Ooh, you should totally read the books by Frank Bruni or Ruth Reichl - they both have written about their time spent being the NYT food editor, wow!

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  22. Botanist or natural historian. Possibly librarian. Currently attorney with many paths taken in that journey already.

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  23. Ah, my dream is to run off and be a taxi driver in Venice. Not a gondolier (though I love the striped shirts) but to just drive a motor boat around the canals all day (and live in an apartment with a hidden garden off a canal...sigh...dreamy)

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    1. Ooh, one of those old school glossy wood motor boats? How glam!

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  24. What else, but fashion design? Frankly, the writing was on the wall, now that I am looking back....i was making my doll entire wardrobes as early as age 5.

    Please enter my blog giveaway! :)

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    1. Aw, that'd be fun. I crossed being a designer off my personal list in high school, I can't sew to save my life, haha!

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  25. You look wonderful in that outfit! Sometimes I have the same thoughts about doing something other! I think it takes courage to change the path you have taken and that it takes courage too to find out what you really want from life!
    Nice post :-)

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    1. It does take a lot of courage to completely change from the same safe everyday - not sure if I'm ready yet to make the change!

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  26. I don't know if you've mentioned it before, but what career do you have now? I would like to be an author of fiction books or a personal shopper spending other peoples' money. Love the stars!

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    1. I currently plan corporate trade shows and events. Personal shopping sounds like it would be so fun!

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  27. I love the whole look and I can´t stop watching your perfect shoes <3

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  28. so cute! i'd go back to teaching! xo

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  29. Lovvveee the shoes! you look great!

    http://simplysassysstyle.blogspot.com/

    dawn

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  30. I'd be a psychologist or a teacher. I 'll eventually become a teacher when and if I finish my MBA in education.
    BTW I love that bag - i had not seen you wear it before.

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  31. I have always loved those pumps and I keep a look out from time to time hoping to find something similar. They look great with so many of your outfits.
    Stacey

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  32. If I wanted a career change ... I dunno, as "librarian for life" is part of my blog title! ;) But I have thought about being a professional organizer, which would utilize a lot of my librarian skills.

    Jen @ Librarian for Life & Style

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  33. A writer, a journalist I think, mind You... Sounds lonely and I need people around me with whom I can laugh. Presumably sales lady at a particularly nice and cosy jewellers shop.
    Good outfit by the way. And I like your hair like this.
    Greetje

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  34. I've thought about this a lot lately as well. What would be fulfilling yet pay the bills. I'm in an office all day now (which is what I played all of the time as a child) but I sometimes feel I need something more creative.

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