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The first time I met Carrie Underwood, right after she'd won American Idol and was performing at a country music festival in Wisconsin, she told me she'd thought about becoming a journalist. Obviously, she chose the better career path. But after reading her column in the Sydney Morning Herald, I have to say writing would be a great Plan B for her. This autobiographical article is all about her Oklahoma childhood, her mom being her best friend and about finding love. She writes about experiences like receiving her first kiss at 14, dating in a small town, getting her heart broken in college and trying to date post-Idol. Ultimately, we know how the story ends: with Mike Fisher and a big ol' wedding. "Dating and being around him made me joyful, it made my heart happy," she writes. As for what the future holds, Underwood doesn't get into specifics. But she does say this: "Once our careers have run their course, I am looking forward to just being normal and trying to do some good in the world."