Those famous words – “when I grow up”.  We have all said them. Our goals may have been to become a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, a nurse, a rock star. They may have come true, or they may not have. Perhaps your dreams got derailed along the way by marriage, kids, tragedy or loss. Maybe you just changed your mind. Maybe life worked out exactly as you had it planned. If so, I would have to believe that you are in the minority.

I can honestly say I am really not living the life I had planned out for myself. But do you know what? I am so glad I’m not. I think that I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Sure there have been a ton of speed bumps and potholes along the way but I don’t think I would rather be anywhere else.

When I was a teenager I had goals. I was planning on going to college to study nursing. Marriage and kids were not in my plans, I was going to live a life somewhere between Mary Richards and Erica Kane. Then I met my husband. True love became more important than my goals and dreams. Before long, those goals and dreams changed. I put them aside to become a stay at home wife and mom and raise our kids. That became my highest goal. I loved that job!!

Then there was a shift in the economy and my husband’s job changed.  I had to go to work. So I did. And I cried every day because I had to leave my babies. After a while I adapted and actually even enjoyed my job. But I knew that I had some unfinished business. Despite several attempts I never graduated college.  I was working in Human Resources and so the logical next step was a degree in Human Resources Management. Several years later and I was holding a BS in Human Resources Management.

Skip ahead about 7 years and here I am. Still married to my high school sweetheart with 5 kids and 2 adorable grandsons. Living in a small town doesn’t afford too many opportunities for HR jobs. So I work at a school attendance office and work my businesses. Never in my wildest dreams as a child or teen did I see this as how my life would turn out. But I love it!! I would not trade it for the world.

What about you? Tell me in the comments, are you where you thought you would be at this point in your life? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Counting my blessings,