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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

denim shirt dress, camel tote, spring outfit, street style — via @TheFoxandShe

DRESS: Denim Shirt Dress (also love this one and this one) | BAG: Bedford Tote, c/o Henri Bendel | MULES: Marie Sandal | SUNGLASSES: Ellison in Marbled Sandstone

denim shirt dress, leather tote, spring outfit, tan mules, street style — via @TheFoxandShe

warby parker sunglasses, long bob, lob haircut  — via @TheFoxandShe

leather tote with fringe tassels, spring outfit — via @TheFoxandShe

denim shirt dress, leather tote, spring outfit, tan mules, street style — via @TheFoxandShe

denim shirt dress with tie belt — via @TheFoxandShe

tan tote bag with tassels — via @TheFoxandShe

casual weekend outfit, denim dress — via @TheFoxandShe

denim and tan — via @TheFoxandShe

slip on mules, denim dress — via @TheFoxandShe

leather tote with fringe detail — via @TheFoxandShe

denim shirt dress, camel tote, spring outfit, street style — via @TheFoxandShe

I’m sure you remember being asked this question when you were little and the answers back then we’re always something like ‘a fireman’ or ‘an astronaut’ — things we’d seen on TV or in books that looked exciting and heroic. I loved the beach and I spent a lot of my time snorkeling and collecting shells and then identifying the fish and shells with pamphlets that my grandparents had given us, so, naturally, I decided that I wanted to be a marine biologist. Little did I know that science would literally be one of my most hated and worst subjects going through school.

Now that I’m in my late 20s, I still think about this question. What do I want to be when I grow up? And am I grown up yet?! One thing I’ve learned since graduating college was that a degree most definitely shouldn’t limit you to one field and that it’s actually pretty crazy to think that we’re suppose to decide what we want to do with our lives when we’re at the ripe ole age of eighteen.

I remember telling my parents in high school that I wanted to be a photographer, and then in college I started as a graphic design major even though my dad thought it would be much smarter for me to do business. Ironically, those are two of the major components of my work now and I still love them! I’m thankful I listened to my heart and followed my passion. I might have not been terrible at business, but would I have enjoyed it as much as I love my my current job? Probably not.

One of the biggest perks of my job, for me at least, is that I don’t have to wear business clothes everyday! My first job required me to dress business professional and I don’t think I’ve felt more uncomfortable and unlike myself during those days. I was constantly tugging at my blazer and always on the hunt for pants that didn’t make my butt look totally non-existent, which is something I still struggle with… but I digress. Being able to get dressed in clothes that make me feel confident, inspired and comfortable in my own skin allows me to do my job better and makes me a happier person in general.

This denim dress and tan mules are no exception. The older I get, the more I rely on the basics in my closet. Looking pulled together doesn’t have to be hard and this outfit is proof of it. It didn’t break the bank and this denim shirt dress will probably always be in style. Plus it looks just as cute with sneakers or espadrilles as it does with heels or wedges!

Since moving and starting my own business, my job title and career path continue to shift and change as my interests do and I’m okay with that. I don’t think I really know what I want to be when I grow up, but what I have learned about myself is that if I’m truly passionate about something, I find a way to make it work.

Do you ever ask yourself what you want to be when you grow up? If you’ve found your calling, what is it and how did you know?