TOL – Cookies, Candy & Careers



I have been going for a quick walk after lunch every day this week but I really shouldn’t be calling it quick because I walk really slow. So slow that another lady in my neighborhood walked right passed me and quickly disappeared out of my view on the path.

running path

Does she know I am the blonde girl who runs in circles every morning or am I now known as the blonde girl who walks really really slow at lunch time?

Lollipops. I bought two bags of lollipops to fill the cookie jar which normally holds old Halloween candy or other random chocolate bars. I emptied the old candy and replaced it with Tootsie Pops and Blow Pops. I guess I could have put cookies in the jar since it’s technically called a cookie jar but I consider it our candy jar.

Did you know that I love to listen to Sports Radio when I drive? I am not always in the mood for music and prefer my favorite sports radio shows which keep me entertained and up to date on the latest with my teams. It’s possible I get enough music in every morning while I run, there’s only so much of the same songs that I can handle.

On a similar note, I really would have loved to be a host on one of these sports radio talk shows. I didn’t know when I was in college that such a career would interest me but I think about it a lot.

How many of us really knew what we wanted to be when we were 18 and thrown into college, being told to pick a major which would ultimately pick our career?

I mean, I knew I didn’t want to be a full-time teacher, certainly not a doctor, scientist, architect or historian, nutritionist wasn’t even on my radar and neither was social worker because helping people on a regular basis would not be my forte (zero patience for most humans) so that basically left me with the business school which was fine because I thought at the time that my true calling was the toy industry – you know, like Tom Hanks in Big? That was my dream job. Or so I thought.

Marketing sounded like a nice major, I didn’t need to take a language and although I still had to take statistics, finance and accounting, I did really well. I did work for Mattel but chose to not pursue my career in that direction.

I didn’t actually want a career, in case you didn’t know. My plan was to retire from the work force at the age of 25, which I actually did for several years as a stay-at-home-mom which I loved every single second of, never imagining that being a writer would one day become my career, one that I can honestly say I enjoy, years later.

But sports radio host? Something like that? Gosh I think I would have loved it and been real good at it. Too bad I didn’t know this when I was 18 and could have been in the School of Communications.

Yesterday afternoon while listening to my sports radio on the way home from getting my son from school, they were talking about my Islanders playing in Brooklyn with a 7:00 pm start which made me suddenly decide it was a genius idea for us to go to the game.

No school today, last-minute tickets in a suite available on Stub Hub and an hour later, we were getting on the train and on our way!

This might have been the best idea I have had in a while. Random, spontaneous adventures with access to the crazy buffet in the 40/40 club filled with desserts (which were naturally my focus) while watching the Islanders win?

dessert buffet

The dessert attendant person told me to get my moneys worth – as if I have an issue with that.

dessert buffet

Pretty sure I am the coolest mom ever.

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  1. says

    I thought I knew what I wanted to do but I changed majors the end of my junior year. It was one of the best decisions I made and to be honest I’m so much happier. I’m much more of a slow walker these days to be completely honest LOL.
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  2. says

    I had no idea what I wanted to do when I started college! Although I think I always knew I would go into a social work type field, but back then I really didnt understand my options or how I could move myself in that direction. I always enjoyed talking to people about their problems and trying to help them work through things, but I also knew I wanted to work with kids. Luckily over time it all came together!
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  3. says

    At the start of college and even before I wanted to be in some helping profession and majored in psychology and then got a masters in social work right out of college. No regrets because that’s how I met Adam, who’s a psychologist! Now though after being out of that field for so many years I have no desire to go back. I think after a time period off you wind up reconnecting with what you really love and not just what you think you should do. Especially seeing the possibilities that exist with blogging – I can write, cook, take pictures and do it all from home. Definitely want to make it happen!
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  4. says

    I had strong feeling that I want be journalist, but when I actually gone to University for it I understand that it was mistake. Like, really big mistake. But I need my diploma… Well, I have all my life to find my truly career;)

  5. says

    I knew what I wanted to study in college and went on to graduate and get a job in my field. But now that I’ve been working for a few years, I honestly don’t know if it was the right choice. As it’s the only full time job I have had, I’m not sure if it’s the field I’m not interested in or if it’s just the monotony of doing to same sort of things every week (which I assume would be the case with most jobs). So sticking it out for now and will see what happens in the future!
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  6. says

    I stopped going to college after three years a because I’m still not sure what I want to do. I know I want an active job, not to be in an office or work on a computer. I actually wouldn’t mind being a shoe sales rep or a social media person for a sports company, that would be the only computer stuff I could do. Still got one year left of school, and that’s fine for me at this point. I’ll finish eventually if I feel I want to.
    You are the best mom ever! I really remember the surprises my mom would randomly give us the most from growing up 🙂
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  7. says

    I’m still in college so I’m trying to figure everything out though. I’ve declared a major in Applied Mathematics & Statistics but I have no idea what I’m really planning on doing after I graduate. I like math and I like talking to people and writing, so I guess I’ll hopefully find a career doing all of the above? Haha easier said than done.
    And I’m a fast walker, but I don’t mind slow ones. As long as they don’t walk 3 abreast and block the entire sidewalk. I hate that!
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  8. says

    Getting your moneys worth at a cookie place would be fun. 🙂 I actually haven’t gone to college, but I’ve kind of dabbled in different streams of learning in the past 3 or 4 years since graduating. The big thing I learned was that I didn’t ‘stop learning’ after I graduated. I don’t know why I had that idea, but I did. O_O Thankful that God is teaching me more and ore everyday.
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    I seriously talk to my dad about this all of the time – the fact that the world thinks that 18 is a magic number to know what you want to do for the rest of your life is just absurd. Seriously, my brother chose his major by clicking something that sounded interesting on the drop down menu when applying. 4 years and a lot of money later, he’s confused as to what to do as a career. I’m fortunate that I majored in PR/Journalism and it’s something I can apply to a bunch of different jobs.
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  10. says

    I loved studying history and toyed with the idea of academia, but I floated into law school because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I’ve always loved to write, but didn’t see a viable path for making the kind of writing I enjoy into a career. Now I feel like I want to dabble after taking this first step as a lawyer – I’d really like to be a SAHM when my (hopefully, in future) kids are young, but also to write, not just the blog but write fiction again, volunteer/be involved in the philanthropic world, even try to open an allergy free bakery. There’s no major for that!
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  11. says

    I was told that I have a good voice to be a DJ. I don’t think so at all, but whatever. When I got my degree, I was just having fun playing varsity soccer and hanging out with my friends, so I took the classes they were all taking (kinesiology) and had no clue what I’d do with it. They all did though. They went on to be teachers and physiotherapists. I ended up having a zillion babies and then when I did need to find a job (as a single mom years later) all I could do was work at Starbucks. Turns out nobody really cares about a gym degree unless it’s used as a stepping stone for education or a masters. Ah well.

    I love listening/watching sports shows. It’s comforting.
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  12. says

    Such a great post. I would never pick my career over again. It’s been a good, successful one but devoid of my true passions. I was wayyyyy to young when I chose my path and then we get slotted and it’s hard to make a change after going through so much schooling. The thought of more schooling to make a change is just way more then most want to take on. Some people don’t know what they want to do as a youngster and commit later in life to school and a profession, but I would think in a lot of circumstances it is much harder once we have other responsibilities and a busy life. As an aside, I didn’t get to respond yesterday because I was very busy, but I too have found nut butters to be completely unsatisfying as I upped my running and do daily yoga. I haven’t had it lane in like a month and a half. I have changed my whole diet for the better. To use up my nut butters I add them to sauces like tamari and nut butter with water to make a gravy for veggies or added like Michele does in baking(always great addition). I don’t like to throw out so this way I use them up. Love following along with your training and your coach!!!!

    • says

      I think when we are in college, it’s just too young to know anything for sure about careers. some get lucky, some end up not so thrilled and some transform their ideas into something new…great use of the nut butter!

  13. says

    I’m in college right now and currently struggling with this. I know I want to be in the health field but I don’t know exactly what yet. Nursing, physical therapy, athletic training, dietetics, I’m interested in so much! I know it will all work out, I just need to let it happen and not stress-easier said than done 😉
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    • says

      it’s not easy to figure out but somehow, things really do work out the way they should. I am sure that whatever you choose will be right, at least for a while and then can lead you to something else!