7 Quicks – What I want to be when I grow up 5

Today I got lost in Hobby Lobby – a favorite pastime of mine. I can’t even remember what I went there for exactly.

Anyway, while I was walking around I started thinking about all the cool hobbies and projects and crafts I could do. Thankfully my 3 year-old and baby were there to remind me (loudly) about reality. I love my life, I am so blessed. But, I do like to dream. When I grow up, I’d like to be a….

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Pretty Paper Specialist – cards, stationary, picture frames/memorabilia,  etc. Other ideas?

I am a lover of beautiful paper. I’ve loved beautiful paper ever since I can remember. You’d think I’d be a scrapbooker but that’s just too overwhelming for me. I can’t even keep up with the family blog-scrapbook. I do, however, think it would be fun to make personalized cards and such. I should just do that more often. In my dreams, I’ll do that one day and then offer my cards to paper boutiques to sell. Like this store maybe.

I did end up buying some pretty paper today for a project I have in mind, plus some extra that I will put in a special place and get out every now and then just to make me smile. 🙂

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Professional Photographer

Photography has always interested me. One of my biggest regrets is not taking a photo class in high school or college. (The counselors thought Math and honors English were more important for some reason.) It’s amazing how a photograph can be turned into a real piece of art. The funny thing is that I never knew my husband would turn out to be the photographer! I love his awesome space photos.

But I’m dreaming of more down to earth ideas. Like people, nature…and food. I’d say I’m an aspiring Food Photographer…who also needs to learn to cook/bake food that is worthy of being photographed. I’m learning very slowly. It’s hard because I’m a visual learner. I can read and read about how to take pictures but I don’t really get it until I do it.

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I’ve always dreamed of going to Italy, sitting with my aunt (who is a well-known artist there) and painting all day. One day…

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Administrative Assistant

Ok, I know this is going to sound incredibly nerdy but I’m divulging anyway – I love secretarial work. I know it bores most people but sitting at a desk answering the phone, organizing an office, or creating work calendars makes me a little giddy.

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Published book Author and Illustrator

I don’t have an exact book in mind yet – although my mind rolls out new ideas at the rate of 10000/day. 😉 This is just another thing I’d really like to do one day. Sometimes it’s about vanity and pride but most of the time it’s about offering something that can encourage and inspire others to see Christ and live their lives for Him. I have ideas in all the different genres. If I did a Children’s book I wouldn’t necessarily have to illustrate it also, but that would be an added fun bonus.

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Work in or with a Pregnancy Crisis Center

If you know me or read my blog, you know my passion is women and babies and family support. My heart aches for those women who feel their ‘only’ choice is to terminate the life of their unborn baby when they are in a crisis/less-than-ideal situation. Borrowing my friend, Monica’s, well-said words – “I have always been nothing but pro-life, but I think age and children of my own have made me more compassionate, and helped me see the issue for what it really is, and not just the big political argument the media seems to have made it into.  Abortion used to invoke an almost self-righteous anger in me, and while it still makes me angry, now it mostly just makes me sad.”  She couldn’t have put my thoughts to words better. I want abortion to end. But I know now it will come through conversion of hearts. We donate money and other items for pro-life outreach centers but one day I’d like to do more. I’d like to help more directly – with the women who are actually in that situation. I also look at my own life and motherhood and see how much my friends support me in my trials. I’d like to help start some sort of support group for mothers who come into crisis pregnancy centers looking for help. It’s ‘easy’ enough to talk with them for a few minutes and tell them everything will be ok if they don’t abort…but once they leave and go back to their own real lives, it’s not so easy anymore. They need a community who will be there to support them in their decision and afterwards too – whether they keep their baby or choose adoption. If I never get to do this, I hope some one will.

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Wife, Mom, (future: Grandma)

Ok, after all that dreaming I have to say that my #1 dream in life is to be a loving wife and mother to a wonderful husband and precious children. I have to admit this was not always a dream of mine. In fact, when I was younger I ‘swore’ I’d never get married. I didn’t want to have to cook and clean for other people, I was going to go to college and get all sort of degrees and masters and get a big fancy job in a tall skyscraper in a big city and have maids cleaning and cooking in my loft apartment with big windows and stainless steel appliances.

~~~~~Eye rolllllll ~~~~~

Sheesh, what was I thinking? That would be an incredibly selfish and lonely life. I’m glad God knocked some sense into me and I’m glad I had just enough grace to listen to His plan – wayyyyy better than mine! I can’t imagine a life better than this. It’s probably the hardest thing I’ll ever do. And the least appreciated. But, even if this is “all” I ever do. It will be enough. It is good. Those other dreams would be fun. But I’m sure if I left this life for all those I’d only be lonely and sad. (and so would my family) The truth is that nothing could give me more joy than loving my husband and our children and, I hope one day a loooonnnnngggg time from now, I can include grandchildren in that as well.

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5 thoughts on “7 Quicks – What I want to be when I grow up

  • sarahunfiltered

    Ha, this was fun… If I wasn’t a mother/teacher/writer, I’d like to own a restaurant. Not really, in that the hours would be TERRIBLE, but I’d love to come up with the concepts for menus, drink pairings, ambiance, etc. Then, I’d have someone else take over for the hard stuff. 😉

  • Erika Marie Post author

    Oooo, I would LOVE to come to your restaurant! You make the menu and I’ll take the food pictures and ‘publish’ the menu! And I could even paint a few pictures for the place too. 😉

  • jackiea12

    Fun read Erika. I’m sure God will use all your talents and passion for these things in one way of another. I really liked the paper specialist one.
    My “other life” dream is “Bed and Breakfast” hostess.

  • Debi

    I love pretty paper too!!! Before I was married, I worked full time as a bank teller and part time at Hobby Lobby….all my part time income fueled my hard craft habit;)

    I’m with you….Honey/Mommy….best job ever!