Don’t you sometimes wish you could start over? Start over this crazy thing we call LIFE?! I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who sometimes wishes this… We all have regrets, and if we had the opportunity to go back, I’m sure we wouldn’t make the same mistakes (knowing what we know now, of course). THAT is what I sometimes wish – that I could go back and do certain things again, but make better decisions knowing what I know now.
I went to The University of Florida right after high school. I was an excellent student and an athlete in high school. Because I was an an athlete (a Swimmer), I had incredible discipline and that helped me get the great grades that I got. Well – enter college and freedom – and that all pretty much went out the window. I wasn’t so much concerned with studies or a major or even going to class most days. I was much more concerned with the party aspect. I mean, c’mon, I’d been waking up at 4:30am just about every morning for years to go to morning practice, then straight to school, then right back to the pool for afternoon practice, then home, homework, and bed so I could do it all over again. So needless to say, I pretty much went buck wild in college with my new-found freedom. And don’t get me wrong… I had an amazing time in college! I made great friends, went to great parties, and I did somehow manage to still graduate in 4 years, but with a degree in SOCIOLOGY?! What the heck was I going to do with that?! I was 21 and about to REALLY be out on my own, and I still had no idea what I wanted to do… hence the Sociology degree.
Fast forward a lifetime (that’s what it felt like), and I FINALLY know what I want to do. I’m working in Fashion and know that will be my career. I’ve FINALLY found my passion…how long did that take?! And now that I’m working in Fashion, I feel as though I need to be on the fast-track to get to where I ultimately want to be. I’m currently working towards getting into the Designer Department, since that is my passion. Whether it be a Stylist in Designer or an ADM (Ass’t Department Manager), I would do either to get my foot in the door. Once I’m actually IN Designer, the possibilities are endless! And my ultimate goal is to make it to NYC to work at the new Flagship Nordstrom in Manhattan! I’d also like to go back to school and get a Graduate Degree in Fashion.. I’ve already starting looking into that and am getting a head start on my Application into LIM College, which I’ve heard is an excellent school. I could even start now online!
So yes, if I knew then what I know now, I would gotten a degree in Fashion, and I would have done countless things differently!
But alas, we cannot go back. We can only go forward. So I can’t focus on the ‘I wish’, or ‘had I known’, or my ‘regrets’. Those things may very well be the things that got me to this place in life, and for that I need to be grateful.
I have some career opportunities on the horizon that I’m hoping will work out that will further my career in Fashion. I’ll have to fill you in on the details later when I know more! So basically, this girl is ONLY going to look back to see how far I’ve come!
I hope you enjoyed my post, albeit short today. I absolutely LOVE writing and am so glad I started doing this. Writing is so therapeutic and can really put things in perspective for me. Thank you to all who read my posts. I am grateful for you all!
xoxo Jess – Fashion & Style by J Rose