Meant to Be in Music {Guest Post}

Hi Everyone!  I’m Katie and I blog over at Talk Less, Say More where I share my journey through life via healthy-living and music.  Yes, music.  I’m so excited that Allison invited me to take over her corner of the internet so I can share my story.  I figured since she’s keeping busy with her jobs, it would be a fun opportunity to share my journey about finding my dream career.

I grew up always knowing that I wanted to work in music.  I didn’t know in what capacity, but I knew that my connection to music was so strong that it was what I was meant to do.  I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Business/Management and made my way from Boston to New York, optimistic that everyone would want to hire me.  Anyone who has ever job hunted knows the ridiculousness of that statement 😉

The two years that I spent in New York helped me to realize that if I didn’t take matters into my own hands, I may never get my “big break”…  But then it happened.  An intern from a company I formerly worked for contacted me, seeing if I was interested in a manger position for his band.  Soon after we talked I told him that I’d attend one of their shows but didn’t know what to expect.  At the end of the night once they finished playing I told my friend that we needed to schedule a meeting for tomorrow.  Believe it or not, this band is what everyone now knows as The Lumineers.

old lumis
During my time with the band, I left New York for LA – the band also left NY for Denver and changed their name to The Lumineers.  My hopes were that LA would provide me with more opportunities and the chance to help the band move forward.  I started working at a management company but ended up leaving after a year and a half to give more attention to the band and began working part-time at Apple.

A few months later, the band signed with new (and their current) management.  Deep down I knew that this wouldn’t have been possible without all of my hard work over the past few years.  I was also sure that this was the end of my career in the music industry…  So I began researching a career in another passion of mine, fitness.

Over a year and a half ago I moved back to Chicago.  I studied for my personal training certification with NASM, passed the exam, and was offered a position with one of the top gyms in the area within a week.  It was a great opportunity, but my gut was telling me that something wasn’t right so I turned it down.  It took me several more interviews to realize that it wasn’t the company, it was the career in fitness that wasn’t for me.  I realized that I’m meant to work in the music industry.  I’ve always known it and so has everyone around me.

In February of 2013, I began to reach out to former contacts and after months (upon months, upon months) of job searching and patience, I was offered my dream job with an incredible company!  Sometimes I feel like I need to pinch myself to remind myself that this in fact is real.  Everything feels so right and I’m incredibly happy!

Moral of the story?  Your dream job is out there.  Stay patient, keep working hard, and I know that you’ll find it!

Thank you again to Allison for letting me take over her blog today and share my story.  I’d love to hear your stories too, so please feel free to pop on over to my blog and say hello!


Thanks so much for sharing your story, Katie!  From personal experience, I know how overwhelming and stressful it can be to switch jobs {and then ultimately switch back!}.  What kept me going through all of the ups and downs was an optimistic attitude and believing that everything WILL work itself out.  Life has a funny way of happening…  For example, I went from working part-time as a substitute teacher to working three jobs within a matter of a week.  The month or so has been exhausting, but I feel so blessed for all of the opportunities that have been provided to me.  I wouldn’t change anything!

Question:  What was your childhood dream job?

Question:  What was your major in college? 

— Allison


Thinking Out Loud: Three Calendars

Thought #1:  This is a must read –>  The 20 Important Facts Dog Lovers Must Never Forget.  All of the pictures will make your heart melt.

Dog and Little Girl

Thought #2:  I wanna find a cute {preferably low/open back and neon} chevron dress this spring.  Dress it up with a pair of wedges or keep it simple with a pair of flip flops.  I can feel the warm weather just thinking about it.

Chevron Dress

Thought #3:  This has been my ringtone for the past couple of months.  I definitely send/receive more text messages than phone calls, but I always love hearing the my phone ring!


Thought #4:  A bagel slathered with Greek Cream Cheese, sliced strawberries, and a drizzle of honey has been my favorite {repeated} breakfast this week.

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Thought #5:  An ad for Gluten Cutter appeared on my Facebook sidebar Tuesday night.  The website claims that it “is a digestive aid exclusively formulated with… plant based enzymes that specifically target and break down gluten as well as other hard-to-digest foods into simpler forms that your body can digest.”  Thanks, but no thanks.

Gluten Cutter
Thought #6:  Life is crazy busy.  I have no complaints {I’m loving it all}, but there’s a lot going on.  Teaching full-time, tutoring twice a week, working at PRR, studying for the elementary ed licensure exams, training for spring races, and somehow maintaining a social life.  Thankfully, I’ve got a handful of awesome guest posts and a few fun giveaways scheduled!


Thought #7:  Speaking of work…  Working at a running store has its perks.  I’m OBSESSED.

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Thought #8:  I’m currently using not one, not two, but THREE planners.  One is for school, one is for my personal life, and then I also use the calendar on my computer/phone.  I really should merge them all into one, but I’d rather not see “Art Enrichment” or “Science Lab” on my personal planner and there’s no need to know my workout schedule during the school day.

Organized Someecard

Thought #9:  I planned to review the Sunshine Burgers that I received {courtesy of Fit Approach – thanks!}, but my schedule postponed those plans.  I’ll definitely share my thoughts soon.  What I will say is that they didn’t disappoint.  Although, some of the flavor combos were…  Interesting?!


Thought #10:  Grey’s Anatomy AND Scandal return next Thursday.  Thank goodness for DVRs, otherwise I’d miss all of my favorite shows since they’re scheduled for after my bedtime…  I should consider moving to a state in the Central Time Zone.



Thanks Amanda for hosting another link-up!

Question:  What’s your favorite veggie burger?  Have you ever tried a bison burger?

Question:  Who’s your favorite character on Grey’s Anatomy?

— Allison


Thinking Out Loud: 94 Years of Friendship

THANK YOU all so much for your messages and support the past couple of days!  It still feels like a dream – like I’m gonna wake up one morning, go to school, and find out that it isn’t real.  Oh gosh, I hope not.  Also, thank you for emailing me your interest in guest posting on LAB.  If you haven’t already contacted me and are interested, email me at

Last night I fell asleep while staring out the window, watching the snow fall and a dusting start to coat the ground…  This morning I woke up to a fluffy, white, winter wonderland!  I know that many people are eagerly awaiting for spring to spring {admittedly, I was too a couple of weeks ago}, but the snow is so beautiful and peaceful!



Thanks Amanda for hosting another link-up!

Thought #1:  Farmers are very smart people.  Their predictions were accurate this week…  I wonder if we’ll get a second snowstorm later this month?


Thought #2:  I’m curious if this nut butter really is “wow” worthy?


Thought #3:  Running in new sneakers is one of the best feelings.  Pure comfort and joy!


Thought #4:  We’re crazy no matter what.


Thought #5:  A wonderful Walmart find.  Except, I’m not allergic to chocolate…  Or diamonds.  *Cough, cough.*


Thought #6:  I don’t make egg {or chicken or tuna fish} salad often enough.  Peas and diced carrots/celery are my favorite veggies to mix-in.


Thought #7:  Current favorite jam…


Thought #8:  My BFF sent me this video this morning {read more about their story here}.  It immediately made my heart melt and makes me think of us when we’re 100-years-old!

Thought #9:  Breakfasts this weeks have all included cottage cheese + peanut butter + honey {sometimes raisins too}.  On top of pancakes, slathered on a bagel, or mixed into oatmeal – a delicious combo!


Thought #10:  I’m still so excited that it happened!  Good timing too, because now I’m paid regardless of whether we’re in school or at home for a snow day 😉


Question:  What combos are you currently craving?  Peanut butter with jelly? Or honey? Or chocolate?

Share the 94 Years of Friendship video with your BFF!

— Allison