When I was a senior in high school, I wanted to be Michelle Pfeiffer in Up Close & Personal. I’d report important stories. I’d travel the world. I’d even fall in love with a handsome, not-nearly-as-old-looking-as-he-is-now Robert Redford if I had to.

Oh, and I’d totally have her cute haircut.

It took just one journalism course during my first semester in college to realize that wasn’t really going to happen. I had no idea what I wanted to be or do, but journalism wasn’t it anymore.

And yet, today I tell important stories. Maybe I don’t report about war and politics and change the world, but the words I write and stories I share make a difference to a few. And that means the world to me.

I’m cranky tonight, tired and pregnant with a cold and an asthma flare-up that’s making me feel like my six-year-old is sitting on my chest. [She’s not.] So I’m going to leave you with that VERY short version of my story and get to the important part.

I want to hear your stories.

When you graduated from high school, what did you think you’d be doing now? Tell us your story in the comments, or write a post on your own blog and link up.

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