Plan B

My Plan A in life was to become a doctor. 

The only problem was, my understanding of what being a doctor meant went about as far as a 40 minute episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Hot doctors? Heart wrenching cases? I was in.

Fast forward one semester in to college and it turns out, I’m not good at chemistry or calculus. Oh, and I can’t stand the site of blood.

So I moved on to Plan B. And what plan am I on now? I’d say Plan F, G, maybe even Q. 

Yesterday I was listening to a This American Life podcast about Plan B. If you aren’t podcasting, hop on the nerd train because no car trip will ever be the same. They said that beyond your early 20’s, almost no one is on their Plan A. Life just doesn’t go according to plan. Ever. I think we all knew that but it’s easy to think that everyone else is on their Plan A and has it all figured out. 

So what’s a girl to do when she graduates college and has zero plan? Uh, I guess I‘ll go to summer camp I mean, be a camp counselor. 

What I chose to do with my first month of official adulthood.

The plan changed about 20 times during and after college. Each time I’d discover something new, I’d be convinced that this was what I was going to do with my life. Even the time I took 2 good fitness classes and decided I should be a fitness instructor. Um, no Nadine. Just no.

Was Plan B working for a childhood cancer foundation? Nope. Not even close. In fact, I had never even considered the non-profit route. And yet here I am, happy as I was on Christmas morning 1993, when we got a power wheels. 

Alright, I won’t lie. I had hoped for a pink Barbie Jeep but still. Super. Happy. 

I completely stumbled in to my current plan. In fact, it was never a plan. It just happened. And just imagine: right now I could be in my last year of medical school, fainting every time I see blood and giggling every time someone references male anatomy. Glad that didn’t work out.

So tell me, what was your Plan A? What Plan are you on now?


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  • First of all, you are hilarious! Second of all, I’m not on Plan A, B or C for that matter! All that matters is that you are happy and it sounds like you are, so cheers to that! Hope you have an awesome Wednesday!

  • Plan A was to graduate, go to camp as a counselor (too!), enjoy my summer and get a job first thing in the fall…Three years later I’ll be starting grad school. Grad School was DEFINITELY plan… Z?! Yep. Plan Z. The last place I thought I’d be… And here I am, getting ready to move next month and start my Master’s in August. Crazy how life throws curve balls. Great post!

    -Frances @ Keynotes

  • This was fantastic. Your posts are always hilarious and so great to read!

  • Dude I totally wanted the pink Barbie keep but got the other one too! I was pretty devastated about that one. Plan A for me was to be a teacher. But now I’m on plan B with getting my masters in mental health counseling!!

  • I am definitely on Plan no-plan! lol. If I won, I would totally use it to see my girl T swift!

  • I am still trying to figure out my plan A, B, E, M…, so if you have any good ideas throw them my way! And I def had a jeep just like that, it was boy like too because I had brothers, but still badass!

  • I’ve definitely surpassed plans A through Z and am now just wandering aimlessly ;D

  • I just found your blog about two weeks ago and I just wanted to tell you how funny and insightful you are. My Plan A fell through about a year ago and I’ve had to learn to stop beating myself up over it. You’re such a great writer and I look forward to following your blog! Good to know there are other podcast-aholics out there too 🙂


  • If I won the stubhub cash I would buy tickets to upcoming footballs games for The Baltimore Ravens!!

  • Funny enough, I think I’m on my plan B. When I started studying economics, I knew I wanted to be in human resources. It turned out that finance was much morei nteresting, so I went for that. I still don’t regret it.

    I do regret the fact that since I’m already working full time, having a career and all. I can’t just pack my bags move to greece for the summer and work as a bartender.

    What is even more funny, is that last summer such a plan would have sounded awful, and thats what I want to do the most this year!

    Have a lovely day!

  • This post just reinforces that if you make a plan, life will laugh at you. If I won the money, I’d definitely use it for some football games this fall!

  • I am pretty sure I am on about Plan U or V right about now…and I am still unsure about it all. Gotta love your 20’s (and about to be 30…ouch!) I start my next plan on June 17th!

  • This is eye-opening for me because I’m still in college. I’m going to be a junior next year and I’ve been trying to come up with a Plan A. Even though I want to make plans and backup plans, I know that there are many people who haven’t stuck to the plans and are even happier than they would be if they did!

  • I’m SO happy you posted this, it was a good reminder/wake up call. I’m still in college but I feel so guilty about the fact that I keep changing my mind about what I want to do and where I should be going in life but you’re right…most people don’t just have a plan a that they stick to forever.

  • I’ve looped through the whole alphabet and I might be on Plan DD or EE right now…haha.
    Penniless Socialite

  • This gives me so much hope, I just wrote about how I need to have a new and better life cause what I had going just wasn’t what I wanted. It’s good to see that it happens to all of us, I love the idea of working for a non profit! You are making such a difference, its great.

  • Hmm probable a country concert or Bon Jovi!

  • So… funny story. First it depends on what you consider your “plan A.” Is that what you thought you would do when you were in college? Or is your “plan A” like childhood dreams? I’m going with the first option. I’m in my plan A right now. It looks perfect. The problem? Turns out I don’t actually like Plan A. Oops. Too bad I didn’t learn this when I was in college because here I am 5 years out of college and my degree is useless. Sigh. So I’m backtracking and trying to figure out my plan B. YAY! Not.

  • I am on PLan D!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Oh gosh, Plan A was to graduate from a 4 year university with a BA in Print/Graphic Communications and work for a magazine doing layouts/spreads. Yeah… I graduated with a BA… not in Comm! I teach Kindergarten now. Ha!

  • My plan A actually worked out for almost 7 years! Then the hubs shook things up by going back to school in another state. I now work for a non-profit and another part time job on the side. It works for now. Of course, once he graduates we have to start all over again.
    I love that you love your job, very important! Dr. Nadine sounds nice though, right?!

  • Awesome giveaway!!! I would go to an Atlanta Falcons game–when they are either playing the Saints (my husband’s favorite team) or the Giants (my favorite team)!

  • I am sort of on Plan A I suppose… I am a lawyer, which was always Plan A. But, by now I really thought I would have had a husband and kids. I’m 38, been a lawyer for over 13 years, am happy professionally, have my own house and dogs, have seen men come and go, but I guess I am not as “settled” as I thought I would be with all the family stuff. Frankly, though, at this point I’m not sure that is the right route for me. So, maybe I’m not plan A.2.

  • As unfortunate as this makes me sound, I am passionate about my Boston Bruins. Therefore, I would spend the entirety on watching hockey. Maybe a country concert, but it would have to be epic.

  • My Plan A was to be a journalist. Took 2 weeks of a journalism course in my first year to realize that was a no-go. Plan B was a lawyer. Two months of a law class in second year ruled that out. Then it was a clinical psychologist. THAT one took a lot longer to kick. 7 years, as a matter of fact. Last summer, I moved on to Plan D – interior designer. THIS is the best one so far. The one that feels most like me. Glad to know I’m not alone, haha.

  • Plan A at age 3 was to be a ballerina. My living parents told me I wasn’t “built for ballet.” It was their way of avoiding saying my dad refused to pay for classes. Plan B was singing. I was awesome despite the solo stage fright. Except my sister dropped out of college and being the middle child, I got punished for everything she did, so community college it was for me. Not that I’m bitter or anything. God knows what plan I’m on now. Even the graduate with honors and do everything right plan screwed me over.

  • My plan A was to be a teacher, and after my first English class it was hail to tha no! So now I am a nurse, and I love it. Thankfully blood doesn’t gross me out so we’re all good in that department.

  • My plan A was to be a professional actress… hmm, that didn’t work out.
    But after college I also worked as a camp counselor. After I moved that job helped me get the amazing job I have now, working at an amazing non-profit that runs an even more amazing camp, I love it!

  • Either a country concert or hockey!

  • Ok – a couple things.
    I was a camp counselor one year!
    And I will never be a camp counselor again… hahaha
    It was fun, but definitely not something I LOVED.

    Also, my plan A definitely isn’t panning out how I thought it would…
    on to Plan B I guess 😉

    Also – OBSESSED with podcasts, ohh… NPR.

    Such a post I can relate to!

    Love your blog 🙂

  • My plan A- Move to Atlanta and open a preschool
    Plan B- Move to Wilmington, Go to school and open a preschool… I’m determined to make Plan B work !
    Love You Blog Btw 🙂

  • I did Plan A (working in events.. especially for a non-profit) for a bit and it just wasn’t for me. I’m not on Plan B (social media, etc. for a health/nutrition company) which really wasn’t in my plans at all, and I love it.

    If I won this, I’d be going to see Justin Timberlake! Orrrrr visiting another MLB stadium since the boyfriend and I have made it our goal to watch a game in all of them.

  • Hmm good question. I want to see Pearl Jam so bad!!!

  • My plan A was medicine! And although I also faint at the site of the blood part of me is still holding on to that dream as though I will somehow get over my fainting thing….
    I’m currently on plan B – a phd, but I’m not loving it. I’m stuck with this for another 2 years then I need to come up with plan C but I have no idea what that will be which scares me every time I think about it. So I’m just going to bury my head in the sand for two years. I think that’s quite a good plan C for now!


  • I consider myself lucky because in terms of my career, I remain on my Plan A. Sure, I’m a year behind where I wanted to be due to my struggles with passing the bar exam – but I’m practicing law and I’m only 26 and I couldn’t be happier about that. I have mountains of debt and I’m not living the way I want to, but I think deep down I knew that that would have to be part of the plan.

    My love life may not be according to plan, but my career is and I consider myself lucky on that front because I know how rare that is.

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