Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pursuing your dreams

Sometimes it is not as easy as it seems, especially when life gets in the way. But you have the power to believe in your dreams and make them come true. I have taken the last year and a half off of work and school to focus on moving, pregnancy, moving again, motherhood, marriage and everything else that goes along with that. I have a million and one dreams. Of course not all of them will come true or happen for me, but dreams give you hope for a better tomorrow.

I am about ready to start working again and possibly start school up in the fall. My daughter is 6 months old and I have loved spending every minute with her these last 6 months. In a perfect world I would love to keep being a stay-at-home mom but financially I need to start working again for the future of our family. So I figure this is a good chance for a new beginning and fresh start. To everyone out there that might think it's too late to do what you want, it's not. I'm the perfect example. I have gone to two different colleges (almost 3), changed my major who knows how many times, and now at 23 years old I am doing it all over again.

I have years of experience working in childcare. I've worked as a caregiver/nurses aide (which I don't think I could do again). I got so tired of taking care of people's crap. No pun intended. These jobs would be the most practical for me to go back into because of my experience and schooling. However, I would really like to work in retail again (Shout out to all my Old Navy peeps!) as a merchandiser because my absolute dream job would be a Fashion Merchandiser or Buyer. I hope to someday get a BA in Fashion Merch. This is what I wanted to do in high school and when I first got to college. I majored in fashion design for a semester because they didn't have fashion merchandising. I loved every class except for clothing construction, and realized I did not want anything to do with making clothes. So not for me! So I fell back to nursing, which was another more practical option for me. I love the medical field but I thrive more on creativity and I get excited when thinking about a career I can be creative and savvy in. I only did 'okay' studying for the medical field because I did not enjoy the science or books of it. I felt I could not express myself. Helping others will always be something I want to do, but I can and will find other ways of doing that. I plan on working hard and working my way up. It's not going to be easy. A lot of people will and probably do doubt me, but I have the support and the drive to do what it takes.

My ultimate goal (right now) is to work as a Buyer, Stylist, or Merchandiser for a company or designer; or stay at home with my kids and run an online boutique. I know that I have many options so we will see what the future holds! Things change and people change. I know that whatever I end up doing it is going to be something I enjoy and love. You should deserve nothing less of that.

One thing I have learned is to not let people bring you down. If you have the passion and determination you can succeed. There is nothing worse than working a job you hate for the rest of your life and being miserable. Life is too short to live with regrets.

Big love and dreams,


  1. "Dreams give you hope for a better tomorrow" SO TRUE. What I want to do in the future ALWAYS changes. I have so many things I would love to do. Your last paragraph is something I've been striving for since I was a little girl. My dad has gone through his career not having any passion for what he does and hating it, but continued to do it since it was great financially. I worked for 3 months just to do something and get the feeling of accomplishing something. After staying at home with two little ones for 3 years your brain feels useless! I also got promoted fast which was awesome but I soon realized it really wasn't what I wanted to be doing. I was just working to do something. I've promised myself that I wouldn't do that anymore because money is so tempting once your getting a lot more in your pockets. From now on I'll only do things I have a true passion and desire to do.

  2. You are a wonderful young woman Jaclyn and I am so blessed to have you as my daughter-in-law. You are wise beyond your years and a wonderful mother and wife. Layne and Payton are very lucky to have you.
    Don't ever let anyone steal your dreams. No one knows your heart but you. As a young woman, about your age, I wanted to travel the world as a photographer but everyone kept telling me I couldn't do it or that I needed to do a more "practical" or "sensible" job. I have regretted it every day of my life. Never, ever give up on what you want. Learn to balance the different areas of your life so that no one or no thing gets neglected.
    Working together, you and Layne can do anything. Set your goals and don’t ever quit. Nothing is impossible!!!