Toddle Along Tuesday - What I want to be when I grow up

During my teen years, I dropped out of high school because I hated it. I homeschooled myself and got my GED. I babysat and petsat, and I loved kids and animals. I vaguely thought I'd be a dog trainer or a preschool teacher one day, but had no direction or motivation. Plus, my Bi-polar was pretty bad at that point, it was probably the worst in my late teen years.

When I was 19, I met Steven, and we became serious pretty much immediately. I was always depressed that we lived so far away from each other; half the time I was on the verge of breaking up with him because it was just so painful to not be able to be together. Then when I was 20, I got pregnant. My priorities pretty much changed overnight. I started living a healthier lifestyle and doing all I could to keep my Bi-polar in check. (And I have not had a serious mania or depression episode since I found out I was pregnant!) I decided to focus on the baby for then, but start community college after she was born. Getting pregnant honestly changed who I was, and brought happiness and purpose to my life.

When Kaylee was 8 months old, I went to a class that helps you figure out what you want to do with your life. I decided I wanted to be a dog trainer and/or an author. So my next step was actually starting college. It took me a while because life was hectic. We were trying to move out of my mom's house and get our own place. But I eventually got there and now I'm majoring in Creative Writing. I'm taking a break from classes while I'm pregnant, but I plan to go back in January. Baby #2 will only be a couple months old then, so I may have to put it off until next September. In the mean time, I try to devote time to working on my novel every day. :)

Since I know being an author isn't likely to become a regular job, I'm thinking that after I finish college, I might try to get a job at Petsmart. I'm hoping I can get hands on experience there and maybe eventually be a dog trainer there. My dream is to eventually start my own dog training business, and be a published author. But I'm still finding myself, so we'll see where I end up!


♥ Shar said…
Hi, I'm Shar!
Your newest follower from the blog hop!

Thanks for sharing your story Camille!

xoxo ♥ -Shar
Lisa said…
Good luck to you! If being a dog trainer is something you want, I say go for it! Though don't give up your dreams of being a writer! Where there is a will there's a way! :)

P.S. Thanks for linking up to the GtKY blog hop! :)
Robin said…
New follower. (My husband didn't decide to go to Med school until he was in his 40's so it's never too late.)
Kerry Fountain said…
I wish you the very best of luck with your schooling! It sounds like you know what direction you want to take-- I think that is 90% of the battle!

I am visiting from Mom's Best Nest Flock Together Tuesday Hop- I will be back on Monday to link up with you too!
Wow! Can I ask what your novel is about? It's awesome to hear how you're overcoming your BP - way to go! I have dealt with depression on and off, and I've always been so determined to not let it take control - I'm so glad to hear another success story!
Jessica said…
Keep site of your dreams and desires. You are doing awesome by taking the small steps to get where you want to be and not expecting it all at once!!!

Following from the Tuesday Blog Hop! Hope you can follow me back!
rebecca said…
I think you can live your dreams. You know you can publish and sell your own books on amazon? I think Nikki does that. And a dog trainer sounds like it could be a good career. I'm sure there are people out there really needing this service and willing to pay some good bucks for it as well

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