What would I do if..........?

Friday, 6 September 2013

My obsession with images from weheartit continues
The other day at work, a few of us began talking about what we would do, if we didn't do our current job. My blog says I'm a childcare worker as I'm not fully prepared to disclose exactly what it is I do, but some of you who know me a little more will know anyway. Suffice it to say, it's a pretty stressful job which involves doing a lot of hours above and beyond those I'm paid for.
This particular day everyone was feeling under pressure. We started thinking about what we would do instead if we could do any other job in the world. A couple half jokingly (half seriously) suggested they would work in a supermarket, as it would be nice to go to work, do something reasonably mundane, and once your shift had finished, you were done, no more bringing work home.
Someone else suggested that they would have a fashion boutique. I quite liked the sound of this idea, and suggested that if they ever did jack it all in, to let me know!
There were also a few suggestions of 'wine taster' and  'mattress tester!'
Eventually it came around to me. Now, it isn't that I don't love my job, just that sometimes it can get me down. I'm at a stage in my career where to leave would essentially mean starting at the bottom of the ladder again, and well, I've become a bit accustomed to my lifestyle. Like I said, deep down I do love my job, but every now and again I have to really think about why I do!
Mine was an easy choice. If you remember my trip to Alnwick you'll recall my adoration for Barter Books. That would be my choice. I would want a bookshop. With a tea rooms in it obviously. Something really cosy, with books piled high, and a big square counter in the middle. Lots of overstuffed settees and chairs, in snuggly corners and a big warm roaring fire somewhere. (Maybe not too close to the books though!) I'd be able to indulge my love of baking, without having to eat it all myself, and properly prepared tea.
Maybe this all sounds overly romantic, and I'm sure it would actually be pretty hard work, but I guess I can dream - maybe if I win the lottery one day? But for now, I am in the job I actually always wanted.
Do you do your dream job? What would you do if you could do anything else in the world? Chocolate and wine taster? Blogger?


  1. Loved this, especially since I'll be graduating university in December and will be trying to figure out what it is I want to do- or how to make it at what I want to do. We all have that dream job/life!


  2. I am honestly doing my dream job at the moment with marketing, although it can be sometimes very stressful with meetings with high up people in the company and so on. I like that every day is different and that I learn something different every day. I worked in a supermarket during my A-Levels and although it's nice not having the stress I felt like I wasn't really progressing and the fact it was quite mundane made me feel a bit depressed about going in!

    I like the idea of working in a bookshop though, as I love books :-). xx

  3. I work in Uni admin at the moment but I am studying towards my dream job of being a librarian. In an ideal world I'd work doing something with the records and photographs at the National Fairground Archive in Sheffield - I love the research they do! :-) x

  4. I also mentioned in one of my post that if I am not in the civil service my dream job would be owning a book shop or being a librarian.

  5. Similar to yourself but I'd love a vintage shop with a tea room!



  6. OH man, owning a bookshop like the one you've described sounds perfect! My perfect job is one where I get to stay at home, so pretty much exactly what I'm doing now! :) I'm such an introvert that I'm never happier than when I get to stay home, because I find it so incredible draining being out all day. I was only thinking yesterday about how blessed I am to be able to do what I love! V, v grateful!

  7. Funnily enough after starting out in my dream job I stupidly quit it and now, many many years later I have just returned to it and I am thinking to myself WHY ON EARTH DID I EVER LEAVE?! I love what I do, but if I could, I think I would be like you and have a book/teashop. Two of my favourite things combined - bliss!

  8. Sounds like my dream job! I would love to be able to spend my whole day around books!


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