Vacations and Career Dreams ~ #TBTMemory

Since I am running behind a week or two (or ten), I figured I would do both of Lauren and Maggie’s Throwback Thursdays together in the same post. It feels good to be sitting here relaxing tonight 🙂

Lauren’s choice for 2/17/2022 was: Vacations or Holidays on the other side of the pond.

Did you and your family have regular vacations/holidays?

Absolutely not… I am not sure if it was because of the lack of money or lack of family emotions, but we never really did anything. I spent most of my childhood chilling with my grandmother, which she would take me on a few trips to see family every now and then.

Were they like most people I knew, tied to school holidays?

I wish I could remember or answer in regards to the trips with Granny. I think we just went when we wanted to or when someone died.

Were vacations a big deal or just time to get away?

They were either really fun or really sad, depending on the occasion.

Did the whole family always travel together or did the kids go away for their own time?

My cousin, Vanessa, would go with me to see my other cousin up North of where we lived a few times. We usually did our own thing and got in our own trouble.

Can you think back to a wonderful vacation memory that you treasure? Were their any fiasco vacation memories you wish never happened? Were there some that you can laugh about now, but at the time were horrible?

I went to stay with my cousin up North, and her mom and stepfather took us to the lake. It was a popular lake, and we cooked out, swam, and enjoyed a nice day.

One of the times I was with her, we got in big trouble for not coming home, and they (her mom and step-dad) had the police looking for us. Needless to say, we were so grounded lol.

Were your vacations times to go, go, go, or were they time to relax and refresh?

Relax and chill mostly, unless it was a funeral…then it was surrounded by a bunch of old people who loved to eat and gossip 😀

This week’s #TBTMemory from Maggie asked about careers and dreams.

Here are the questions with my answers:

Do you remember what you first wanted ‘to be’ when you grew up?

An Avon Lady *laughs*

Any idea what inspired that dream?

She always had money, and I would see all of the money that my mom gave her. (She spent a lot of money on Avon products.) I thought that I could get everything I wanted in life with all of that money, even though it was just $20 here or there. I was motivated by wanting the things I did not have back then since we didn’t have much.

What ‘job’ did you most emulate in play?


Did you have any idea what salary or pay you thought you would have?

I didn’t understand salaries back then, but I sure did love looking at money 🙂

Were there careers you knew you did NOT want to do?

I had no idea really back then, but as time went on, I hated Sales and Telemarketing…anything I had to earn commission on went out the window. I am terrible at pushing things at people.

Were you ever encouraged to follow in the footsteps of a family member?

Maybe a little in my 20s when my mom was a substance abuse counselor… I think because of the benevolence and her taking me with her because I was always in trouble.

Were you ever urged to join a family business?

No family business…our family values were kind of null and void. I have had to learn to pave my own path. My sis did also.

Were you ever discouraged from a particular field? If so, why?

All of them…I was told that I would “never finish anything” “never amount to anything because your lazy” etc.

Did you have a Career Fair at school?

We did have those, but they were foreign to me because I lacked the family support to explain what they were and how to do adult-minded things.

As an adult looking back, do you ever wish you had taken the direction of your childhood dreams?

Absolutely and positively not 😀 😀 😀 My childhood dream was out of greed, and my path today is out of selflessness.

5 thoughts on “Vacations and Career Dreams ~ #TBTMemory

  1. Thanks for joining in and doing both Maggie’s and my prompts. It’s interesting to me how you viewed funerals. I never went to any as a kid. The few I have attended were overwhelming.
    It sounds like you are on a path that is good for you even if you had to do it by yourself.

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  2. Children are often at a loss with older relatives. We had a lot of cousins on my mother’s side so there was always something to do. Otherwise it would have been boring. It takes a bit of maturity to appreciate the older generations.

    I can see how being an Avon Lady would have seemed a good career. I am with you on sales and marketing. Neither would be good choices for me. Especially if I had to stretch the truth. Why must some adults be so discouraging toward children? I am glad you found your way even without the support you deserved.

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    1. Thanks Maggie! I am not good at being dishonest either. I used to be in order to stop from being grounded or worse, but I finally found my way a little over 4 years ago. It took me a long time to launch.

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