Friday Round-Up: What do you want to be when you grow up?


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Holding hands before the last day of pre-school.

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Holding hands before the Kindergarten celebration

I feel like I haven’t written a Friday Round-Up in a while. OK, maybe I just skipped one week but I love this time of the week where I get to share some great writing and great blogs.

This week has been all about the end of the school year. Everett finished another year of pre-school on Wednesday and Jasper had his Kindergarten celebration yesterday (even though they are in school for another two weeks). I have to say, it was bittersweet and I may have gotten a little choked up when Jasper received his Kindergarten certificate and read his poem out-loud.

There’s so much possibility open ahead of them. They could be anything when they grow up. That’s kind of what today’s Friday Round-Up is all about – the journey to find our dreams and pursue them.


To Your Own Heart
This is a beautiful post from Caren at Happy Momentum about finding the way back to our own heart and finding our path to what we want for our life. Seriously, I love Caren’s writing. Can’t get enough of it.

Speaking of finding our life paths, this post from Tracy at Sellabitmum pretty much plays out like a dream or a movie. Last week, Tracy’s nephew Trey was drafted as the 7th all-round draft pick in the MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox. 7th all-round like the 7th person to be picked. And he seems like a really great person. But this post isn’t just about becoming a major league ball player, it’s about dreams and how we can and should do more to build up our teenagers and support their dreams.

What’s Your Spark
But what if you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up? What if you don’t have the natural abilities to be a professional ballplayer? Laura from Mommy Run Fast talks about finding your spark and how you can use your emotion and anger to help fuel your work and your desire for change.

What am I rebelling against?
As some of you may know, I’ve been seriously considering Yoga Teacher Training but lately, I’ve been feeling a bit insecure and frankly scared (subject for a longer post). I really loved this post from Tara Stiles. For those of you who may not be familiar, Tara is kind of a rockstar yoga instructor and founder of Strala Yoga in New York City. She’s been called a Rebel because she tries to make yoga accessible to everyone  – she doesn’t refer to poses by their Sanskrit names, there’s no chanting, etc. Her belief that yoga is inside all of us was something that I needed to hear.

Let’s be serious, if we’re talking about what I want to be when I grow up, it would be a professional surfer. I kid. I kid. Kind of…

The Love Electric
On Wednesday, Kelly Slater won the Volcom Fiji Pro, stop number 4 out of 10 on the World Tour. He beat Mick Fanning at Couldbreak. Slater scored a 19.80 out of 20 points in the heat to Fanning’s 15.87. As a result of the win, Kelly took the lead in the World Tour.

Actually, I wasn’t even sure that Kelly was going to surf this contest. Well after the other surfers had arrived, Kelly was still missing. Given the swell forecast, he decided to stay home for a few extra days, hoping that his new nephew would make his appearance. In the end, he had to depart for Fiji before meeting his newest family member. His brother told him that if he missed the birth then he had better win the event. Done.

Kelly surfed incredibly well during the event. In the Quarterfinals, he surfed a perfect heat against Sebastian Zietz – only the fourth perfect 20-point score on ASP record and Slater’s second. Then, in the Semifinals, he went on to beat John John Florence, his first competition since injuring his food earlier this year.

Kelly seriously is in completely different realm. Even the other surfers say so in this article from Stab Magazine.

So, I guess I want to be Kelly Slater when I grow up?


What do you want to be when you grow up?


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  1. says

    What do you want to be when you grow up has been on my mind a lot lately. I’m kind of at a cross road with my career right now. Lots of big changes and uncertainty lie ahead. Could be good and I’m trying to be optimistic.

    FYI -know if you become Kelly Slater when you grow up I will have a major crush on you. He’s kinda cute! 😉
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  2. says

    You always find blogs I haven’t read before and I love learning about them!

    My dad is almost 80 and he says he still doesn’t know what he wants to be. I can remember him saying that as I was truly growing up and not getting it. Now I do! I am pretty content right now with my life balance…sometimes I think about a bigger career, but I will quite easily admit I love a job that allows me to be home with the kids, too. Their childhoods are going at warp speed and I love being here to see it.
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      I love that your Dad still says that!! I feel like there’s so much pressure to figure things out by the time you graduate from college and that’s just crazy talk. It’s so great that you are content with your career – I know what you mean about thinking of a bigger career but I too don’t really want to be away from the kids as much as that kind of career would probably entail.
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  3. says

    I guess you are going under the assumption that I am going to grow up at some point? I am still undecided about that. LOL Well I think I’m going on year 12 or 13 of teaching, so I should probably stick with that. :) I do love it though!
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    I just love your roundups and I love this one in particular. Thank you for the introduction to Tara Stiles. I love her philosophy, and she emphasizes the things that I find really matter in a yoga practice – versus my having to remember the names of all of those postures in Sanskrit. I’m not sure I know what I want to be when I grow up – but I feel like I’m closer than ever before to figuring it out! xo
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  5. says

    Maybe you should open a yoga studio with surfboard fitness classes as a bonus? I’m half serious. I know someone who wants to expand their Pilates/yoga/surfboard fitness business. She’s in Queens. Maybe all your fitness loves could coalesce into one???

  6. says

    I have struggled with what to be when I grow up for a long time!! I used to be a teacher but then I quit working to stay home with our kids. Now that they are older and in school I don’t know what I want to be but I feel like I should be/do something!
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    Despite holding 2 master’s degrees I am still trying to figure out this question! Last year I walked away from a great career because it wasn’t making me happy anymore. It lead me a few different directions and I was able to pursue a passion of mine and make a little $ doing but am now back in the process of figuring out life plans and goals that are best for my family. Good luck :)
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      I’m also thinking of walking way from a good career because it’s not making me happy or serving me really anymore. I often feel like I’m “wasting” my degrees but I’m coming to realize more and more that I need to pursue work that fulfills me and makes me happy. It’s definitely more complicated with a family now. Best of luck to you as you work to figure this out too!
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    So I am turning 25 in a few months and I am not certain yet of what I want to be when I grow up. I wanted to be a paralegal for a long time. I work in the law field so I am already in the field, but who knows if this will be the job that I want to have for forever. Maybe I’ll take the leap into something else, hopefully fitness related!
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      It’s so hard to figure out, isn’t it? I felt like I had to have it all figured out by the time that I graduated from college but I’m realizing that today, we don’t always have the traditional “career” path that our parents and grandparents had and that might be OK. I always thought I wanted to be a doctor. Regardless of where you end up, enjoy the journey!
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  9. surfmama101 says

    I wanna be Kelly too when I grow up… or wait wait wait: I changed my mind: I wanna be his girlfriend :)))

  10. says

    Yup. I’ll join right in those crossroads with you! Such a weird transition time. If I had a whole year to get into the yoga training classes, I’d start to question it too. Too much time always gives way to too much thinking. At least in my world. My little guy starts more formal schooling (for 2 year olds) on Monday, so it’s a season of change around here too…
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