I’m Starting a New Job!

Hey there! Today I am excited to share with you that I recently got a new job. When I turned 30 last year I really started thinking about my 5, 10 and 15 year goals (personal and professional) and what I needed to do to achieve them.

Here are just a few random goals:

Live and work in London / abroad for a year. 

When I was in high school I just knew that I was going to study abroad for a year in college, and I was pretty damn sure that I was going to do that in London. However, I met Adam just a couple of months into my freshman year and I couldn’t imagine spending a whole semester away from him so my study abroad plans got put to the side.

^ Adam’s in the white shirt, I’m in the pink top. This was right around the time we met, and it’s our first ever picture together.

I don’t regret the decision to stay and be with Adam one bit. There is no place in the world that I would want to be if Adam wasn’t with me. That being said, the desire to have the adventure of living abroad for a while still burns within me.

The good news is that Adam is totally down for spending a year abroad too! The company I’m going to work for has an office in London, and Adam’s company also has an office in London, so this new career move makes living in London for a year just a bit more of a possibility.

Retire When I’m in my 40s. 

Okay, I know this is a bit of a stretch goal but Adam and I have been talking about and planning for this for years already. We want to retire when we’re still young enough to enjoy life.

We know that means becoming expats, and we’re still evaluating possible countries … with Thailand and Costa Rica being at the top of the list at the moment. There is still a ton of research and planning for us to do before any of this becomes a truly concrete possibility, but we definitely plan to make it happen.

Start a Nonprofit to Help Animals. 

It’s probably no surprise to you that I love animals. I have an idea for a nonprofit that helps educate humans on how to better take care of their pets. Part of that would include financial assistance for food and vet care for low-income individuals/families who complete a training course on how to be good pet parents.

During my drive into Miami I go through a low-income neighborhood and I can’t tell you how many dogs and cats I see roaming the streets. And how many I’ve seen laying dead on the side of the streets too. It breaks my heart.

Run an Ultramarathon. 

In case you think I abandoned this goal, I definitely haven’t! It’s still high on my list of priorities and I hope to accomplish it within the next five years. I’ve still got my eye on a 50K that’s held every year in Chicago.

Get Smarter About Investing. 

I currently have a small portfolio that brings in a decent return but I honestly don’t know anything about it. I really don’t know the first thing about stocks or how to choose companies to invest in. This is something I really want to learn more about!

A New Chapter in my Career

Making the decision to put in my notice at my current job wasn’t easy. I literally love the people I work with and think the team is super strong. The company is in a growth phase and things are going really well.

On one hand leaving now seems like a silly thing to do, but on the other hand I have goals to achieve and I’m not getting any younger. I’m happy with where my career is right now as a 31 year old. However, if I want to retire in my 40s I don’t really have a lot of time to get my life together in a big way!

For anyone else thinking of a possible job change I would say: challenge yourself. It’s easy to get comfortable and stick around where you are if it feels good. However if you’ve got goals to achieve you have to challenge yourself in a way that will help you achieve them.

Live your best life!

I think it’s crazy that so many of us choose our majors/careers when we’re just 18 years old. If you could start over, would you choose the same career? 
I wouldn’t. I would probably get a degree in nonprofit management OR I would continue on with school and get my PhD so I could research and teach. 



  1. August 24, 2017 / 5:15 am

    Congratulations!! I had no idea what I wanted to do when i was 18. I chose my major sophomore year and luckily Ive found a path that I enjoy. Good luck in the new position!

    • Kristina
      August 24, 2017 / 8:06 am

      Thank you Lisa!

      That’s awesome that you found a path that you enjoy. I definitely like my job too but think I would also feel fulfilled if I was doing good in the world rather than just trying to get people to buy more things! haha

  2. August 24, 2017 / 6:00 am

    Congratulations my friend! I admire you for setting big goals and actively trying to achieve them. I don’t feel like I have any big career goals. I have lately been thinking about what it would be like to teach at a university and be a student teaching advisor. I love having student teachers in my room and I think if I ever get sick of teaching music to children (which could happen anyyyyy day now….) it would be cool to teach university students the skills they need to be a good teacher.

    • Kristina
      August 24, 2017 / 8:14 am

      Thanks Megan! I think you would do well in that role. I taught Public Speaking to college students for a semester and that ended up being a fun experience. It was after that when I began to seriously consider getting my PhD so that I could teach long term but at the end of my second year in grad school I was feeling so burnt out that I just wanted to get a job and get on with my life lol. If credit hours weren’t so expensive I think I would go back now!

  3. Chrissy
    August 24, 2017 / 6:53 am

    Congrats on the new job, Kristina! And those are all awesome goals. What will your new job be?

    • Kristina
      August 24, 2017 / 8:14 am

      Thanks Chrissy! I’m going to be the marketing director for a financial institution!

  4. August 24, 2017 / 8:13 am

    Wow!!! So are you moving to London, or the new job is the next step to get you there after that? That sounds like an episode of my favorite show, House Hunters International!! That is awesome that you are so tuned in to your goals.
    Alan and I planned to retire by 55. Alan made it there at 48, partially due to an inheritance. I think we are ready for me to retire in the next year or so, but I haven’t mapped out what that looks like yet. The companies I work for really need my skills, and I partially feel responsible for hanging around. I just really need to spend some time planning. Not sure I want to retire completely because my kids are still in school, so full time travel isn’t an option. BUT, we are definitely heading in the right direction.
    (sorry for the long post… Congrats, that is awesome!!)

  5. August 24, 2017 / 9:14 am

    Wow, I had no idea you were even thinking about switching jobs. Congrats!!

    I’m not a very career-oriented person, so I don’t have big goals in that area of my life. Working in the nonprofit world doesn’t exactly set one up for an early retirement, but I feel like I’m in the right place. I certainly didn’t choose this career path at 18 or even at 22, but, I’m glad it all worked out this way. And you’re right, it is kind of laughably absurd that we’re supposed to choose and plan the direction of our lives at the ripe old age of 18-22. What do most of us even know about the world or about life at that age? We were babies.

  6. Susan
    August 24, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    I hope you love your new job! Congratulations, I know you worked very hard these past few months to find exactly what you wanted . I have a 4 year degree in Nutrition and started a Master’s (just a semester) but decided to take a leap and accept a job at Hewlett Packard. I never regret my degree or my decision to go into the tech industry….it’s been 21 years 🙂