In honor of all the graduations occurring in the next month, I’m joining with a fabulous group of writers to share what I wanted to be when I grew up.

Awhile back, I did a similar blog post, called Truck Driver, NFL Referee or NOT. In that post I talked a little bit about aspirations and how those change over the years. And yes – when I was little, I wanted to drive one of these:

Photo by Spanish Coches via Wikimedia Commons


For the longest time, I wanted to be the first female NFL referee.


Photo courtesy of MorgueFile


Then I wanted to be an architect. I would study the floor plans in home magazines and create my own dream mansions on paper. My favorite feature that I just had to have in my future home – a sweeping staircase and a bridge. Like the one in the photo below.

sweeping staircase and bridge


Then I realized being an architect required something like five years of college and at the time, the job prospects weren’t that stellar. That’s when I decided, I’d start a career at a fancy hotel. I’d work my way up from concierge to hotel manager.


Photo courtesy of MorgueFile

But then this happened…

hurdles in hs

That’s me on the right – running track in high school. This sparked my desire to be a sports journalist. Which morphed into wanting to be Katie Couric. (Yes, I used Katie Couric to describe “the career.”) That was until I realized how early one has to wake up if they are going to be on the Today Show. Ugghhh. Not an option for this night owl.

Ultimately I earned a couple degrees in business and for my day job, I work in healthcare IT. But at night I’m doing what I think deep down I always wanted to be – a writer. My novels are about athletic girls chasing their dreams – in sport, in life, and in love. So I guess I did end up being a sports writer after all.

How about you? What were your sky high aspirations when you were younger?

Some of my writer friends are sharing their stories. Please stop by and say hi.

Tamra Baumann      |     Kay Hudson     |      Priscilla Oliveras

Carol Post       |       Sharon Wray


5 thoughts on “Writer Wednesday: What You Wanted to be When You Grew Up

  1. It’s pretty cool how you came full circle from wanting to be a journalist writing about sports to writing novels that feature sports & athletes. Life has a funny way of doing that, doesn’t it? 🙂
    I’ve always wanted to teach and help others, and while that’s not my day job, in one way or another I find ways to do that.

    Girl, that pic of you doing the hurdles– AWESOME!

    1. Awww, thanks, Pris. It’s funny how I didn’t really have the epiphany about the sports journalist to sports romance novelist until I wrote this post. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Asking about sky aspirations of a romance writer is dangerous. I have an overactive imagination so the list was long and fluid. Paramedic, Jedi Knight, Fighter pilot. Nice thing about being a writer is that I can pretend to be any of those things. 😉

    1. It certainly is one of my favorite parts of being a writer, Tracy. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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