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!