Who did you want to be when you grew up?

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Not what. Who? When you played pretend, who did you pretend to be? 

who did you want to be

Mine changed as I grew. As a tiny girl, I lined my stuffed animals up, pulled a dining room chair around, placed my Bible on it and preached. Then, I grabbed a hairbrush and imagined I was on the church stage, big permed hair and sparkly shoulder pads, singing “As the deer.” 

As a third grader, I read about Louisa May Alcott in my history book.  She grew up without wealth (like me) but a passion for writing (like me).  She always found a way to write. Eventually she was told to open her heart and share it with the world: Little Women was born and it changed the world.  I was going to be Louisa. I was going to write a book that told my story. So I started doing what she did: I created my own Pickwick Papers. I began the “Lake Street Journal.” 

As I grew, I began to understand the world required someone to have a profession.  So I started to admire the likes of newspaper reporters – Louis Lane (fiction) and Woodward and Bernstein (real life).  It led me to help create the first newspaper in my high school.  Seeing my name in a byline became the biggest thrill. I knew immediately what major I wanted – journalism. 

Skip ahead about 12 years…here I am, a mom. A blogger. A social media marketing influencer and seasoned public speaker.  While I am still head over heels in love with writing, another love appeared: advertising. The creativity, the psychology, getting into people’s heads and the constant activity. I get a rush when I have deadlines and knock them out.  The challenges thrill me.  I think my next chapter in life will be in this field. Can you picture it? Annie Shultz – the next Peggy Olson? (minus the drinking and unhappiness in life)

What about you? Did you have people you admired that you wanted to be like? 

Written by:: Annie

Annie Shultz has written 2054 post in this blog.

She is THE Mama Dweeb 🙂 She created this blog back in 2009 and loves to inspire and connect with others through her writing. She also loves talking, dreaming, 90s pop and country music.


  1. says

    I wanted to be a teacher. I finally finished my Masters in Education last year. It is adult education but still … I am hope I am headed the teaching direction finally!

  2. says

    I dreamt of being Laura in “Little House on the Prairie”.. I love the adventures she was always a part of, her sense of integrity, honesty, giving heart and resourcefulness. When “Flashdance” came around I also dreamt of dazzling the world with my dancing — I had done ballet for 7 years (3 to 10) and quit when I my teachers were becoming too mean. On a humbler note, I wanted to care for those forgotten or disadvantaged like Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi… and have an orphanage so that no child would ever grow up alone, without basic necessities and without love.. I still hold on to that dream and in someways I have been touching lives and inspiring young children to dream through my television work, and am paving the way for a bigger project through my work as a health and wellness coach focusing on helping moms embrace self care and follow their own dreams to inspire their children to do the same 🙂

  3. says

    My dad worked in NYC. And, when I was little, I wanted to get on the train and work in the city too. Although, I had no idea at the time what he actually did. So, I started college in the school of management and that lasted a year and a half. Then, I switched to psychology and then teaching. I have been a teacher for the last 15 years and have loved it!

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