Coffee and Conversation: Struggles

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What are you currently struggling or grappling with in your life?

Linking up with Lauren and Kalyn for another week of Coffee and Conversation. 
There are many things that I tend to struggle with in life. Don’t we all? I think the thing that I am currently struggling with the most is what I want to do with my career. What do I want to be when I grow up? I have posted about this before, and have mentioned things time and again because it is a constant struggle in my mind. 
I have my BBA in Real Estate, and while I enjoy the Real Estate industry, I haven’t found my niche that I am really passionate about. So now I wonder, have I chosen the wrong field? What else would I do? Currently I am doing some GIS research, which I love and find fascinating. However, I also am an executive assistant, and that I do not enjoy. Most of my days lately have been spent booking trips, running errands, printing documents, getting documents signed, etc. I want to get back to real work again that means something. Not doing things other people do not want to do or don’t have time to do. I didn’t go to college to book someone’s flight or run their car to get an oil change. I let it frustrate me most days, and it isn’t healthy.
While I am very VERY thankful to have a job, I want to have a career. Somewhere that I stay for years and retire at. Somewhere I can move up and build at. Somewhere that I am doing things that actually matter. 
The thing is, I don’t know what that is. What is it that I would enjoy doing? Work is called work for a reason, it isn’t called fun…so I do not have unrealistic expectations….I just know that there has to be something out there for me to do that I enjoy and can grow in. 
Do you have a job/career that you love? How did you decide that is what you wanted to do and how did you get started in it? Sometimes I feel that I am so behind in this stage of my life. That I am the only person who hasn’t gotten their crap together yet! 
I am going to be 30 years old this summer, it is time to figure out my big girl job.

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  • Reply Joanna @ JayBirds Flight April 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Nadine I deal with the same thing on a daily basis! It amazes me when people know what they live doing at a young age and stick with it! I think they are so lucky.

    When you find the solution let me know!

  • Reply Kalyn Randolph April 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I would be totally lying if I said I did not deal with this as well. I think most people do actually. As you know, I am still in school and have changed my major multiple times. I have a ton of dreams and goals but so few can be achieved without a degree. I wish work was more fun but I am trying to see the positive in the work aspect of things 🙂 I truly appreciate your honestly in sharing this struggle with our linkup! It has made me appreciate being in school even though I would rather be working in the real word.

  • Reply Lauren Elliott April 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Most people experience this even if they truly love their field! There’s always something they’d change. I fall into this rut every now and then and wonder if I really chose the right career path? Is this what I really want to be doing? Should I have done something else? And wondering if I’m forever “stuck” since I’m now a few years out of grad school. My GRE runs out in Oct before I’d have to take it again and every month I wonder if I need to get my PhD. And I love my field. You should really read the book Quitter – even if you don’t know what you’d want to do or have a specific dream job in mind it will help guide you! Thanks for being so honest today 🙂

  • Reply Heather @ From Here to There April 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I can COMPLETELY relate Nadine! I got a degree in Marketing and I don’t feel like it’s been put to use yet! And even though I love Marketing, I’ve found other things that I’m passionate about as well and I just don’t know which direction I should go next!! I think I’d like to mentor college students in some way either through student affairs or teaching and then I’d also like to sell all of my possessions and travel the world like another blogger does that I enjoy reading about… and then there is my marketing stuff, I’d love to be VP of Marketing for a large corporation one day… so many things I want to do and I can’t seem to figure out which one I want to pursue more or how I want it all to fall in line! Keep your head up, we will both survive and we will both do something we’re passionate about! I’d love to talk to you about this more at our next blate because I am definitely in the same boat I think! 🙂

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