I once yelled at my boyfriend when he told me that not everyone finds their dream job. I told him not to break my heart.

I took the long way to this job, to achieve this dream: through five years (and counting) in the Army Reserve, five years in college, eight months in technical writing and eight months cashiering.

But I made it. I woke up July 9 living my dream, honestly content with my life yet so ready to continue growing.

Like all dreams that come true in reality, this wasn