January 21, 2008

What would you do if money was no object?

With Friday’s post about my job, and me being away for the weekend but still unfortunately working right now, I thought it would be a good time to discuss a question my Director asks all new team members at our “welcome to the team” lunch. (On a side note, this week at that lunch, I did a great job eating healthy for the meal: no bread, drank water, and got grilled salmon with lentils as my entree… but then I ate a 700 cal bread pudding for dessert. It was SO worth it though.) Anyway, the question is: if all jobs paid the same and money was no object, what would you do?

My Manager got the question twisted around and said he would be a movie star, which I thought was funny because… there are definitely more reasons than just money that he’s not a movie star 🙂 My Director said she had no idea (way to ask an ice-breaker question and not be able to come up with an answer yourself). And the Consultant on my project would be something in sports, perhaps a soccer player.

My answer? I have two, but they’re both somewhat related. One is that I’d like to be an aerobics instructor. I’ve always thought I would be really good at that, and I’ve actually been told by instructors on multiple occasions that I should become an instructor. I think it’s a combination of my dance background, love for performing, and ability to make it look like I’m not breaking a sweat when I’m actually dying inside. Hopefully my New Year’s resolution to get my CPT will be kind of a step in the right direction.

It’s not that I can’t handle the idea of not making a lot of money (honestly, if you calculated the hours I work and compared to my seemingly impressive salary, I probably don’t make that much more per hour now). Money has never really mattered very much to me. I didn’t have a lot of money growing up, and I’ve always been pretty frugal, so as long as I have enough to eat my fruits and veggies and have a gym membership, I’m pretty much set. But I really want my job to be intellectually stimulating, and (no offense to anyone out there who has the job), I don’t see myself really being fulfilled in that capacity if I were an aerobics instructor.

So, my second option, which kind of combines aerobics instructor with my love for health/fitness/nutrition/business: I’d like to open a “fitness spa” where people can come to get healthy. Not come to sweat off some water weight and think they got skinny, but where people can actually learn techniques for a sustainable healthy lifestyle. Something like Canyon Ranch, but even more fitness-focused and less about massages/facials/pampering. I don’t want to go into too much about this idea, because it’s something I’ve actually been thinking up for a while, and I’m starting to draw up a business plan. But that’s my ultimate dream. Will it happen in 5 years? Probably not. In 15 years? I really hope so.

If you’re thinking about a career change or just want some ideas for your dream job, check out FitSugar’s list of Top 10 Healthiest Jobs. In case you’re wondering, neither “cube monkey” nor “BS creator” are on the list. Guess that leaves consulting out…


3 thoughts on “What would you do if money was no object?”

  1. I like “cube monkey” and “BS creator” – those are the REAL job titles for soooo many professions. I also noticed that you have 5 blog entries with the tag “ground meat.” That’s awesome and I don’t even want to click to find out what they are – the mystery is too sweet.

  2. I’m a cube monkey, in the IT world. Although, it pays well, I’m not 100% content with it. I think I’d like to be into the fitness/nutrition realm of things. Even though I find it all interesting, I need to get my own life back in order when it comes to eating right. I’m trying to shed some lbs.

    I think that’s a fantastic idea you have and really hope it all works out for you. Starting with a business plan sounds like you are really serious. 🙂

    BTW, thanks for the race info on the boilermaker. I’ll check that out. If it falls around a time when I’m up that way, I’ll definitely do that. Sounds fun.

  3. I would be an interior decorator or open a couture pet store. Theres one here in Savannah and it just looks like so much fun to own…and my spoiled lil puppy luvs him some snooty snout! haha. But instead…I’m stuck putting people to sleep…which is fun too! haha

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