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What is your dream job, and why?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 6, 2014 | Categories: Fun, Health and Fitness, Random Thoughts and Conversations

Today’s topic in the “30 Things I Want My Son To Know About Me” is, “What is your dream job, and why?” This one is an easy one. Although if you had asked me this question 7 years ago, I would have said a CSI.

What is your dream jobI still think it would be pretty cool to be a crime scene investigator, but it isn’t my dream job…

I actually have my dream job. Being a professional blogger IS my dream job. I just didn’t know it seven years ago.

I’ve told the story before how I accidentally became a blogger….

Your daddy and I knew that we wanted me to be a stay at home mom if I ever had a child. I have a degree in education and spent several years substitute teaching, but once I found out I was pregnant, I quit working.

I loved spending all my time with you. You were the best baby and we bonded beautifully. The first five years flew by.

You were ready to start Kindergarten and I was lost.

And bored.

Yet, I still wanted to be home. I wanted to make sure I was the one to get you up, ready, and off to school. I wanted to be there to pick you up each day. I definitely wanted to be in your classroom/school every chance they would allow me to.

I needed flexibility.

I discovered an online store called CafePress where you could create your own designs and sell them, all from the comfort of your own home.  And it wasn’t about the money, but having something to do. Being creative. I spent a year coming up with designs to sell on T-Shirts, coffee mugs, calendars, and much more.

I was surprised that people were buying them. They really were!

After about a year I learned that a great way to showcase and sell your designs was to create a blog and write about it. In just a few days of blogging I knew I did not want to do CafePress anymore. I knew I wanted to write. I found my passion.

Blog by Donna Logo 1A passion that grew and grew. A passion that allows me to still be at home and the flexibility to be with you, my dear son, whenever I want and need to.

With today’s technology, I can blog from wherever I am. I can be visiting my brother, your uncle, and still meet all my deadlines. I can schedule a post and even have it shared through various social media outlets all while I’m at your school all day.

It’s true that my blog has really built up and  sometimes I co-host Twitter parties or have webcasts and other things of this nature to attend, but I can’t thing of another job that would allow me the flexibility as being a professional blogger does. Not to mention, I get to do something I LOVE…. write.

A CSI would be an interesting job, I’m sure. And maybe in another lifetime, but I’ve been blessed to find my dream job. I just realized in fact, that I had my blogiversary this past Friday. My blog is six years old.

Check back next week when the topic is, “What are five passions you have?”

21 Responses to What is your dream job, and why?

  1. What a great post! I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, but i’m loving stating home and being a mom right now.

  2. Lisa says:

    Blogging is my dream job too. Well, helping people and being able to stay at home with my kids is my dream job and in a way, blogging is that.

  3. Ty says:

    Blogging is my dream job, I just wish I made more money lol. But, if it’s not blogging I’d want a job helping people.

  4. Robin Gagnon says:

    What I am doing now is pretty close to my dream job… food and Home & Garden writer. It would be better if I was a wealthy one…lol.

  5. Shell Feis says:

    Happy Blogiversary! It’s so fun reading how you got started blogging, it’s crazy how many different ways people end up with this job. &Super cool about Cafe Press, I’ve never known anyone who actually sold anything on there successfully so that’s cool!

  6. Colleen says:

    It use to be IT and computers. I still love them but like you I would love to be able to stay home and blog during the day and put it away at night instead of working during the day and blogging at night.

  7. HilLesha says:

    I love the flexibility of working at home, but I have always wanted to be an archaeologist. 🙂

  8. Raijean says:

    To be a correspondent, I’ve always wanted to do something like that.

  9. I think I’m living the job I’m suppose to have. I love working for myself and the flexibility I have in doing so.

  10. Sam says:

    I would love to be a Nat Geo photographer. It won’t happen because I’ll never be willing to be away from my family that much but I love the idea. Traveling the world, seeing all sorts of different cultures and landscapes, and getting to capture amazing moments. Drool! It would be so awesome.

  11. I’m personally glad you went into blogging – you rock at it 🙂 I loved doing AutoCAD for HVAC but in no way could that have provided what blogging has for my family and myself. Yay for you in finding something you are so passionate about!

  12. Angela says:

    My dream job would be to work on a luxury cruise. I’d love to be able to travel to exotic locations and meet lots of interesting people.

  13. Marcie W. says:

    Blogging is my dream job too, which is odd since it took a Bachelors in business and a trip through beauty school for a cosmetology license to figure it out. With blogging, every day is an adventure and never feels like actual work.

  14. Great story Donna, I got started blogging because I wanted to help other mom’s realize that they could continue breastfeeding after they had to return to work using a breast pump. It was after a medical layoff that I started blogging full time.

  15. Liz Mays says:

    I’m not sure what my dream job would be. I enjoy blogging, but I would also love a job that I could shut down after 9-5 hours. Blogging just isn’t that way!

  16. I really think I’m doing it…I love what I do 🙂

  17. My dream job would be to be a movie director or producer. It’s what I always wanted to do. But I’m happy with my blogging job. It’s pretty dreamy too.

  18. I’m actually doing my dream job. I’m supporting my family, able to do anything my children need at school and doing it all from home 🙂

  19. margaret peg m says:

    hi, love the thoughtful questions you post and write about….to be a ‘journalist’ would be my ‘dream job’. taking information and consolidating & molding it to something unbiased and interesting.

  20. margaret peg m says:

    hi, love the thoughtful questions you post and write about….to be a ‘journalist’ would be my ‘dream job’. taking information and consolidating & molding it to something unbiased and interesting.

  21. anna says:

    i want to be a stay at home wife who does nothing all day

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