Thursday, September 5, 2013

Blogtember: Advice

Pass on some useful advice or information you learned and always remembered.

Hmmm....advice is like air, people breathe it out all the time. If I had to narrow it down to one, it would have to be this:


My ex-stepfather used to stress this to me all the time. He'd say "Pick (shortened version of my childhood nickname, Pickle), it doesn't matter how much money you make, if you don't love what you do, you'll never be happy". 

He was right.

When I graduated high school, I wanted to be a teacher, but I didn't want to go to college, so I decided I didn't need to be a teacher. I figured I just needed a job that could support me being independent and let me buy lots of clothes, and I'd be fine. 

I was wrong. 

Before I decided to go back to school, everyday I would go into work with a longing in my heart. I knew that where I worked at the time wasn't what I wanted to do. It was a job, but I wanted a career. I wanted to be someone, and I wasn't happy being the someone that I was. So I went back to school to try and be the person that I want to be. There is a big risk that I might end up hating it, but then I'll go back to the drawing board and figure out what is it that I love.

Then I'll find a career for it.

What is the best advice you've ever gotten? 


  1. Love, love, LOVE this advice!! It's so true too! I've always heard this but it's taken me so long to even discover what I really love :)

  2. Love it! And my story is kind of the opposite - I thought I wanted to be a teacher, went to college, became a teacher, and I was miserable! I still work in education, but am much happier in my current position :) No amount of $$ is worth being miserable! So glad I clicked over from Blogtember :) Happy Thursday!

  3. I feel as though I could have written this post (although my ex-stepfather had nicknamed me Peanut). I left high school also wanting to teach. A lot has happened between now and then and I too decided for a time that I wasn't going to end up teaching. . .I couldn't stop thinking about it though.
    I have a few friends who teach and every time they talk about their job - or I see teachers on tv, or movies - I have that longing that you talk about.
    Sure, the job I have now is fine, I like the people I work with, but it's just a job, not a career.
    I start school on 10/1 to become that teacher I've always wanted to be.
    Good for you for going after what you want!

  4. 1. I kind of want to hear the story behind "Pickle!"
    2. I hope you really love teaching. There will times, as with as jobs, where you don't, but I'm so glad you're following your passion. You're an inspiration Nicole!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

  5. That's so cool that that advice really impacted your choices in life, and that you've made the scary decision to go back to school!

    The Random Writings of Rachel

  6. Hey girl!
    I absolutely agree with you! It is very difficult to do well in something that we cannot find a genuine interest in. I would say you made a good move, and all the best to you for that! *(*´∀`*)☆

  7. Yes, yes, yes! I remember when I was an undergrad, a semester away from a degree in Accounting. Then I picked up the book, Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment and I realized something. Sure I was good at Accounting. Sure there were many job prospects out there. But did I love it? I liked parts of it. But again I asked myself, did I love it? My answer was a quick, no. And it wasn't long after that that I went on for a Master's in Library Science, not even thinking about the job prospects, just studying things I loved.


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