Dream Job

May 12, 2006    By: Kristen J @ 1:32 am   Category: Life

I’m a perpetual day dreamer. I don’t consider it a bad thing since it has gotten me through some pretty rough times in my life. For instance, the horrible job I had held during the summers during college. While I packed box after box of school supplies I dreamt of the fabulous places I would visit or lucrative businesses I would start. We were not allowed to listen to music or really talk to each other while we worked so day dreaming was as good as it got for me.

I have a few favorite day dreams; what would I do if I won the lottery, where would my dream vacation be, or how I would spend my last day on earth. Today I’ve been thinking a lot about what my dream job would be.

Before I go on I should mention that I’m living my dream life right now; lots of laundry, getting “super-flied” by a small child as I walk past the couch, and watching my little angels as they shriek at each other while fighting over who gets the inflatable Spongebob chair. It’s a beautiful life.

Today I thought I would share with you what I think would be some wonderful careers and who knows, I just might surprise you with my choices. Keep in mind I didn’t choose these careers for their monetary value, I chose them purely for the fun or reward of doing them.

The first dream job on my list is to be a stunt driver. I love the car commercials or tv shows where the cars are sliding all over the pavement or racing up a winding mountain road. It seems to me that those drivers are getting a pure adrenaline rush and having a lot of fun.

The second dream job on my list is hosting a travel show. “Today on Kristen’s Travelogue I’ll be giving you a personal tour of the Greek Isles.” Or “Join us next week as we head to the Australian Outback.” Need I say more?

The third job would be working as a buyer for Godiva Chocolates. I’m sure I would need to travel to all corners of the globe searching for the perfect cacao bean. It would be hard but I would be willing to sacrifice my taste buds in order to bring Godiva the perfect chocolate.

Now don’t worry, I’m not totally shallow. My fourth job would be as an angel of mercy traveling throughout third world countries helping the underprivileged. I’m not sure what I would do exactly; finding cures for massive epidemics, discovering ways to irrigate small dry villages with ease, or helping downtrodden women of the world shake off the chains of oppression.

So there you have it; Kristen’s dream jobs, at least for today. Now I’m wondering what your dream job would be.

[Asociated radio.blog song: Midnight Oil – Dreamworld]


  1. 1) I’ve had this dream job since I was 14 — casting director for big Hollywood films!

    2) reader for a publishing company or studio — I love to read.

    3) a talented, celebrated author. The only problem with this is that I can’t write and have no ideas!

    4) film editor at Skywalker Ranch.

    5) anything based in Paris.

    6) stupendously famous actress. Barrier here: no talent.

    7) photographer who was always being assigned to shoot exotic locations for National Geo. or Conde Nast’s Traveler magazines. Or do portraits for Vanity Fair layouts.

    Comment by meems — May 12, 2006 @ 1:20 am

  2. My dream job is to draw and paint all day every day. With the occasional day off.

    Comment by danithew — May 12, 2006 @ 3:12 am

  3. Kristen I love your choices.

    Mine: 1. Work at Hammond’s Candies for a year. Nothing better than making candy canes!
    2. Photographer. And actually get paid. I’d love to photograph.
    3. Food Stylist. I actually have a certificate in food styling but have yet to put it to good use. Living in the country doesn’t help!
    4. Philanthropist. This one would require the millions from a lottery or somewhere: I would love to go around paying for stuff for people who couldn’t because they are financially challenged. Not lots of money but small stuff to relieve the burden of everyday life.
    5. I’d love to someday be able to have my own micro credit program for underdeveloped nations.
    6. Race car driver. Nothing better than speed.

    Comment by chronicler — May 12, 2006 @ 6:33 am

  4. 1. Live concert photographer.

    Comment by Susan M — May 12, 2006 @ 6:44 am

  5. Xbox and Playstation game tester who doesn’t have to actually write articles or reports… just plays.

    Comment by Rusty — May 12, 2006 @ 7:28 am

  6. Nice choices! Sounds like I forgot a few really good ones. Oh, I think I would also like to be Indiana Jones, that would be fun too.

    Comment by Kristen J — May 12, 2006 @ 7:51 am

  7. Kristen:

    Three of your four dream jobs involve extensive travel. Take it from someone who had a job that required travel throughout North America and Europe on a weekly basis, it only sounds fun. Once you actually have to do it week in and week out you begin to despise every hotel, restaurant, airplane, taxi, train, and anything else that reminds you that you’re on the road. I have some cool pictures and uniuqe experiences but most of that was me making the most of a bad situation. The only real positives resulting from the experience are that I learned first hand where to get the best food (New Orleans), where to take my wife for our fourth “honeymoom” (Florence), where to shop for men’s (London) and women’s (Milan) clothing, and the best place to throw a party (NYC)– all non-work related. Now I have a job that requires only the occasional trip to Cincinatti (an OK place to visit) and Connecticut (a truly dreadful place) and I love it. When I travel to exotic locations now it’s on my own dime but I enjoy the travel a lot more than I did when “the man” was footing the bill.

    As for my dream job my aspirations are quite simple– I would love to be a trout fishing guide on White and Norfork rivers in Arkansas. It wouldn’t even be work. It’ll never happen though because of the missus.

    Comment by Paul Mortensen — May 12, 2006 @ 9:48 am

  8. 1st choice, father to great kids…..opps been there done that!

    2nd choice movie critic, I love movies and the movie business, it would be great to get paid for watching.

    Comment by don — May 12, 2006 @ 11:14 am

  9. Since Rusty left them out, I’d like to be the game tester for nintendo!

    Comment by trevolution — May 12, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

  10. I keep applying at the local bookstore and they keep not hiring me. Rude of them, huh?

    Comment by annegb — May 13, 2006 @ 7:03 am

  11. Dream Job #1–Senior Correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

    Dream Job #2–Temple Worker

    Dream Job #3–Long-haul truck driver. Convoy!!

    (Adding the usual disclaimers about how I’m already engaged in my own dream job as homemaker & home educator, wouldn’t trade it for anything, yadda yadda yadda…)

    Comment by Téa — May 13, 2006 @ 11:11 pm

  12. Ooops, forgot #4–Voice actress. Dubs, animation, voice-overs, recorded books, etc.

    Comment by Téa — May 13, 2006 @ 11:14 pm

  13. I, too, share a similar current occupation of laundry, diapers and playdates- and it’s grand… but your question does make me wonder!

    Assuming I had the gift, (which I don’t!) I’d love to be a U.N. translator- one who speaks a multitude of languages.

    Or perhaps a trained ninja master. That’d be cool ;)

    If my pieces/parts could re-locate to their pre-children origins, I’d love to model or act.

    Finally, my longest-held dream- I’d love to be a deep-sea, scuba-diving treasure hunter!

    Comment by Cat Redinbo — June 6, 2006 @ 5:14 pm

  14. hhhmmm, those sound much more glamorous to me than the ones I originally picked.

    Comment by Kristen J — June 6, 2006 @ 9:08 pm

  15. It’s good to know that some one got their dream job.. I just hope Kristen you live it up to the max. For me.
    My dream job what anything that i was good at that would take me around the world.
    1- pro skating
    2-pro surfing
    3-stunt driver
    4- race car driver
    5-soccer player
    Im origanally from brasil came up here to play soccer, but busted my knee.
    Now im just trying to find a job in the autobizness that will pay me enough to pay my schooling back, and help feed me. I dont think being a adrenaline juckie really helped me in the dream job world. But Kristen live it up, because only a few of us really greatness in life.

    Comment by patrick — June 8, 2006 @ 10:15 pm