I thought I was going to be a broadcast journalist when I applied for college. Katie Couric was my idol. Looking back, I realize I wanted to interview fascinating people and ignite my curiosity about humans. However, after getting C's in my Psych and Philosophy 101 classes, coupled with fears of a) working a 4AM news shift in Fargo, ND and b) not making "enough" money to live my desired lifestyle, I redirected my studies to finance. At the ripe age of 21, with a desire to be a strong, independent woman, climbing the corporate ladder to a six-figure salary job sounded like it could be pretty exciting!
Corporate finance was exciting and shiny at first, but the luster wore off pretty quickly. Financial stability didn't feel so fulfilling when all I wanted to do in my free time was sleep and watch The Real Housewives of NY.
Why was I so tired? Why did I feel so empty and lost when I did everything society told me to do to be successful?
I chose to lead with my desire for financial stability instead of my curiosity. It took guidance and support from others to do a lot of what I call "unlearning" to get me to where I am now.