Where will you be in ten years?

May 25, 2010 at 7:42 am | Posted in Life and Living | 6 Comments
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Ah yes, the question asked of every high school senior since what seems like the beginning of time.  Where will you be in ten years?  A page out of my yearbook takes a stab at it for every graduating senior.  It’s actually more like a jab since most of the answers are meant to be funny like the guy who will be a Chippendales dancer in Vegas, or kind of mean like the girl who discovers she’s not where it’s at.  Mine too was sort of a personal jab that I guess might offend some people, but it takes a lot to offend me which I think is a pretty well known fact.  It also helps that I happen to have an idea of just who may have written the one for me.  This guy and I had this sort of kindergarten crush relationship all throughout school where he would try to say mean things to me but I never would get offended, but then he’d say something nice a second later.  This is just a reminder of that interesting piece in my history.

A typical night out in high school -- to be fair, I borrowed this shirt from a friend

Anyways, back to what it said.  Ready?  Dana stops shopping in the Kiddie dept. That’s it.  To be fair, when I was in high school baby tees were popular.  I didn’t dress any differently than anyone else.  It just so happens I am a small person, and I haven’t grown since high school, but the point has been taken.

So how accurate is this statement?  Well, I still shop in the juniors’ section of department stores and such, but I have added some more sophisticated stores to my list.  I was given some advice at my last job regarding this topic.  My old boss was a little girl like me, and since we were consultants, we needed to look worth the money.  Being little is a disadvantage when it comes to trying to look older than you are.  Luckily, I’m back in mainstream non-profit where the dress codes are a little more lax.  With that said, I have tried to at least look my age, and on the rare occasion that I need to look more sophisticated, I am more prepared to do that.

Professional Dana!

I’m not gonna lie.  I still have some tee shirts from when I was a kid. Would you believe that my elementary school tee shirt still fits me?  Sure it fits differently, but it still looks fine for a weekend hang around the house shirt.

It’s still one more year until this ten year mark, but I don’t know how much will change in that one year.  I think that I dress appropriately for my age though.  I no longer wear shirts that show my stomach and most of my clothes are not as tight or short as they used to be.

So I guess I have started to stop shopping in the kiddie department.  Good prediction!

A typical night out nowadays


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  1. Awww I love this picture of us!

    My 10yr prediction was this: Graduate college, live with my S/O in a nice apartment where I would commute into downtown via train/bus. Shop at Ann Taylor for suits and casual wear. I would own a dauschand and a lilac vespa and I’d be well traveled.

    I got the living with the S/O, nice apartment, commute into downtown via bus/train. Shop at ann taylor for suits. I don’t own a dauschand nor a lilac vespa…and I’m not really that well traveled.

    I knew i would end up in finance some how, but I wanted to get into marketing, and be like my daddy and eventually get into market data analysis.

    But honestly, I’m doing better than I thought I would. And to be frank, better than some of the kids I graduated with from highschool.

    I don’t have a dream job, or even a clue where I want to end up, because I’m not afraid of changing. Many people change careers in their 30’s & 40’s. I just want to end up happy. 20’s are all about discovering what you like and what compliments your personality. I’ve discovered bits and pieces.

    My highschool superlative was “Most School Spirit” and a shout from a friend that said “No Dez, I will not touch you there for 3 jelly beans”. I dont really understand what she meant by it, since I don’t take payments in jelly beans….

    • you don’t strike me as the school spirit type… but I’m go with it 🙂

      • I was the JROTC Squadron Commander and did volunteer work on behalf of my highschool every weekend, Captain of the softball team, played varsity volleyball, yearbook committee, national honor society, prom committee AND I was from the town my school was in and worked at the boys and girls club that was affiliated with my highschool. How could I not be? 😉

  2. I’m feelin the blog I’m getting nostalgic for the good ole days of twentysomething craziness. I think you have something here. “Kiddie Section” I don’t see it, oh yeah, I like the shirt circa 199… you look good. By the way, were you able to check out my art, I have much more but I would like your feedback. You inspired me to work on that Facebook page. Thanks for the advice

    • Yes! I looked at your work last night. LOVE it! http://www.ljayart.com everybody! I would love to see more! Let me know about your next show!

      • Dana what’s up? thanks for the checking out the art, I took your advice and set up a facebook page(Lance ljayart) I have some things cooking maybe in brooklyn I let you know.

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