A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

20 Jul
My boys with Phineas and Ferb at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

My boys with Phineas and Ferb at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

A recent visit to Disney World had me reminiscing childhood dreams. After graduating high school, I’d planned to move to Orlando, Florida and become a Disney Crew Member, preferably a character that walks around putting smiles on children’s faces, signs autographs, and sweats buckets in the smothering summer heat. Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Belle–any one of them would do. This was my dream job, and four years of drama class and my Thespian Society membership had helped prepare me.

So what happened?

A month before graduation, my best friend declared he was in love with me and a year later we rode off into the sunset to our happily ever after. I actually got to live it instead of pretending it. Needless to say, I never made it to Orlando. Not to live anyway. But being a Disney character in the Magic Kingdom still ranks as my ultimate dream job. Besides being a novelist, that is. 😉

Your turn. What’s your dream job?


~Candice Sue Patterson lives on a hobby farm in Indiana with her husband and three sons. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart will release with Pelican Book Group in 2016. Visit her website at to learn more.


Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Candice Sue Patterson


4 responses to “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

  1. Robin Patchen

    July 20, 2015 at 8:18 am

    My dream job? I want to be a bestselling novelist–one of the rare ones who makes a living by writing books. And I want to do my writing in a city somewhere, preferably at a sidewalk cafe in Paris. Oh, and I want to travel often…for research on my books of course. So I’m almost living the dream. Almost.


  2. Jericha Kingston

    July 20, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Dream job: Singing for a living. I love standards, classics, and Broadway! Would love to perform in St. Augustine, FL with a jazz band in the evenings. And live in one of the little St. Auggy cottages in the historic district. I’m not asking for much. If one can dream, why not dream big?


  3. Kara (@KaraHunt2015)

    July 20, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    My favorite line of the day, “I actually got to live it instead of pretending it.” – Awesome, Candice!


  4. Pegg Thomas

    July 21, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I’m one of the few people I know who didn’t have a dream job in mind growing up. I enjoyed life as it was and didn’t worry about – or think about – the future. Probably why I was the last person in my class to enroll in college … after graduation. But I don’t regret my choices and I hope to still get around to having a book published. 🙂



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