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Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Mom, what's your dream job?" One of my boys asks. I'm not surprised he's asking. We've been talking to our boys about their futures since they had pacifiers in their mouths. Our advice? Discover what you love to do and find a way to make money at it.

Back to my dream job. I have to stop and think when he asks. What would I be doing if Icould do anything, with no limitations like, say, degrees or experience. It doesn't take long to shuffle through the list of options and come to a decision.

"I'd be a writer," I say.

"You are a writer." Nothing gets by this one.

"I know," I say, smiling. "Pretty cool, huh?" It hit me at that moment what a blessing it is to be doing what I most love and getting paid for it to boot.

So I'm posing the question to you, because, hey, it's my blog day and I can. :-) Stop for a moment and ask yourself, "What's my dream job?"

No, really, pause and consider the question.

Are you pausing?

Ok, what's your answer? Do you have your dream job or are you working toward it? If not, what are the obstacles? Are they overcomeable? (If that's not a word, it should be.) Can you make a 2-year plan or 5-year plan for success? Because those years are going to pass anyway. Wouldn't it be nice to have your dream job when you get there?

PS The photo is Deb Raney and me taken last weekend at the Mall of America Booksigning
Denise Hunter  
posted at 7:32 PM  
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At 12:55 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

What a cute picture! You changed your hair--and it looks great.

Ok. To answer your question: My dream job is to be a writer. I don't know exactly how to get there, but I keep practicing and practicing on my blog.

At 8:07 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Without a doubt, full-time Grandma. There is nothing that beats those sloppy kisses and tight hugs, in hearing them say "Nanny" then running to me with outstretched arms. I've tried to train my husband to do that, but he just doesn't get it.

I love talking to my grandkids about Jesus. I love making cookies together then watching them wiggle and squirm in their seats while they giggle and chatter their way through fresh, warm cookies from the oven.

And I love writing stories that hopefully one day they will read!

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Winter Peck said...

Well, at one time I thought I wanted to train horses. But found out I was a better writer.

Actually, I want to be an author, getting there, step-by-step, closer every day. But my biggest dream: breeding and raising horses. A very expensive business, but I'd love to do.

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'm living my dream job of writing! Love it, love it! And now I get to be a grandma in other hours. I'm going to love that too! It's not a job though, it's pure fun. LOL

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

My dream job is to be a writer also but I'm stuck in the lands of manuscript-needs-work and do-I-really-have-a-clue?

Your hair looks adorable curled like that!

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I love the photo of you and Deb. You guys look great!

I have thought about this a lot. When I was in high school, I joked that I wanted to write the Great American Novel, but actually wanted to be a sports writer. I wanted to write biographies of professional sports figures and maybe children's novels in sports settings. ha And I wanted to coach and teach P.E. (I did do that.)

So, here I am. If I had no barriers I'd be a fiction acquisitions editor. I work in that field freelance, but I will never get to acquire fiction in a company as I live in the middle of nowhere, not even close to my dream publishers.

Being a novelist may be the closest I could come to the other "dream job"--if I could do that. You all are great writers and it is a tough job. I admire that you do it so well. I love helping writers get to live that dream, though.

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Deena said...

Reading and reviewing great Christian books (like yours:-), and Colleen's and Diann's and Kristen's...speaking of which, I have one of hers in my TBR mountain...YIPES!!

Gotta go...dreams call!!

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I get to do my dream job too, but it's not writing. That's the form it takes, but it's really asking questions and searching for Truth in the world. How it works, why things are the way they are, why people hurt others, what leads to broken people? How does God stay present?

My questions change so often, so I get to explore new questions and use my humor to do so. That is a dream job. I'm naturally very curious about people. I'm dangerous in a coffee shop (where i am now eavesdropping).

I totally love not minding my own business and using it for good. LOL

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Krista Phillips said...

Wow, my dream job.

I so am NOT living my dream job, but I don't mind my job either. No one wakes up when they are five and says, "Mommy, I want to manage a payroll department!"

And if they do, wow, that's just geeky.

My dream job is to stay at home with my babies and write the books in my heart. It is beyond difficult dragging myself to my job every day, knowing my babies are at home with Daddy (especially when I phone home at 9:00 a.m. and a groggy daddy answers the phone...errr). It is also beyond difficult trying to deal with work issues every day while I have story ideas swirling through my head. It's enough to make a girl feel schizophrenic!

But, God knows the desires of my heart. I'm choosing to view my working days as research and the time God is giving me to get story ideas!

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Annie said...

well, i have 3 "dream" jobs. 1 of them isn't really attainable anymore, but it's something i've always wanted to do, for as long as I can remember! LOL. I know that sounds lame, but I've changed so they're things that I would love to do once, but I don't know about forever!

3. Star in a Broadway musical... actually on Broadway in NYC. Seriously, I've been doing musical theatre since i was 5 and I would love to continue. But that's not God's plan for me at the moment.

2. Writer of Inspirational Fiction.... i love it! I've written a few short stories, but with my current dream job, i just don't have the time! I wish i had more time! I would actually love to be an editor as well. How do you do that? LOL

1. The job I currently have... Director of Youth & Family Ministries at a church. I love my kids. I love what I do. I love that I get to be the instrument of the Holy Spirit as He guides the faith journeys of these students. I love how I get to see them learn and grow and explore what it means to be a Child of God. :-)

So there... my 3 dream jobs!

At 4:12 PM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

To be a mom, and with a wee one on the way, due in March, I'm getting closer than ever. :) Of course, being a writer follows a close second, and I'm doing that with 6 books sold so far.

God has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams in the past 2 years with my first book contract, a husband and now a baby. I look forward to what else He has in store. :)

At 6:02 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Kristin, I am totally right there with you. I love to assess situations and find out why they're going wrong. I love searching for answers and finding the truth. I would kind of like to be a life coach, I think. But I would probably end up beating people over the head. I guess that's why I need to write. I want to do stuff like what the Barna Group does. I want to help the church as a whole move forward and learn how to connect with society today to be more effective in evangelism without compromising the message of Christ. CBA, Christian media, the ways that churches are run...all of that and more need to learn how to be flexible in methods while remaining true to Jesus.

What kind of job is that?

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Laurien said...

If I could be anything I would be a best selling writer as well as the first violnist in an all-girl string quartet.


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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