Day 19 – Leading through Living

Lately I’ve been getting asked the same question, “how did you know what you wanted to do with your life?!”. Well, I have an easy answer for you – I still don’t really know.  And up until now it seems like I’ve been franticly searching for that ‘perfect dream career’.  Up until now.  Until I stopped worrying about it all.  Until I stopped searching for ‘it’.  Until I just realized that I can actually make a living doing what I love.  Writing about it.  Using my lessons learned to help others.  And to make people feel good in doing so.My ‘dream’?  Nursing, lululemon, adventures, travel, personal growth, goal setting, time with friends and family, running, yoga, and hugging trees.  That pretty much sums it up.  A balance of everything.  My ‘dream career’, which is pretty much what I’m doing right now.  Already.  Doing what I love, and finding a way to make a living in doing so.  KNOWING that it is more than possible. Believing in it with every cell of my body and making it come to life.

For me, it’s all about goals.  Every day is a step closer to something.  Can I see myself as a nurse 10 years from now?  Not necessarily.  But right now, I’m working hard at it for I know that it will take me places.  I’m not exactly loving every second of it, but it’s a tool I need to gain.  An experience I need to have in order to live the life I want.  And while I’m at it, I’m doing what I love.  I’m making sure to enjoy the moment.  Even in tough times I’m tying my darndest to look for the good in everything.  For the good people, the good lessons, the good tools: the bless in the mess. Nursing, writing, running, practicing yoga, creating and working for lululemon, a company that helps me combine all of these passions.  Amazing.

So for anyone viewing my life from the outside in, it may look like I’ve got it all together, finally.  But in all honesty?  I’m striving for more.  Always.  Putting myself in as many challenging and scary opportunities as I can, to continue growing not only as a professional but as an individual too.  To enhance every aspect of my life.  To bring it all together.  THIS is my ultimate goal: combining every aspect of my life.  And somehow, all of these pieces are coming together, slowly but surely.  Even nursing and goal setting are combining – next year at a conference in Denver.  How?!  By asking questions.  Letting everyone around me know what it is that I truly want.  Showing my passion.  Working hard.  Being open.  Putting myself out there.  Wanting more. And the whole while, surrounding myself with people who want the same.  Never, EVER settling for less.

So my advice for anyone wondering when the heck you are going to figure it all out?  The simple answer: you probably never really will.  In a good way.  Because once you get ‘there’ you’ll be after the next challenge.  The next dream, which didn’t exist until you decided to put your heart and soul into getting where you are now.  So just keep working hard at the things you love.  And remember that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies.  Getting where you want takes courage, determination, sweat and sometimes tears.  So keep plugging away and reaching for your goals.  And most importantly, never let anyone, anyone! tell you no.  Use every experience as a stepping stone to get you further. Be bold.  Be out of the ordinary.  If you want that dream life, you’re gonna have to show your true colors, perhaps be a bit different – which can be scary at first but so refreshing once you realize that it’s a better place to be.  Trust me on that one.

One more thing, forget about the ‘how’.  Just expect that it will happen.  Ignore those who continually question you on how you are going to make it come to life.  Because it will.  If you believe in it enough, and you are taking steps to get there, the ‘how’ will be shown to you – and most of the time you won’t even realize that this has happened because it will seem so obvious.  So simple that you wonder how you ever wondered at all.

“Chance is always powerful.  Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish” – Ovid

“Leap and the net will appear”

Leading through living.

Smile with your heart!

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  1. i luv this jen! it resonates really deeply! just brought a big smile to my face! thanks! i know you are a kindred spirit that is blessing so many people with your positivity :)

  2. waw Jenn!!! i feel like you just was talking to me personally… knowing what my passion is and being able to pursue that, it will take a lot tears, courage and determinations. im feeling exactly the way you described and couldnt agree with you more!!!!! the thing is, I-me keep asking myself how i am going to get there, how am i ever going to so great and amazing as my mentors, how -how how ??!!! it is a challenge i know but i cant get my ego to just shut down and trust myself and the universe that the how will unfold naturally…. any advice…?
    thankss!! :)

    • Hi Lizzy! Great to hear from you! Advice?? Hmmmm… keep working hard – you study so much and are going great places! AND, yoga! Yoga helps me to just be able to acknowledge my ego instead of listening to it. Yoga helps to remind me to let it pass on by. Anything else that helps ground yourself too. For me? Journalling, being in nature, running, and just doing more and more of that! Does this help??

  3. wow…i needed this today! thank you :)

  4. Jenn, i have been wondering about the ‘leading’ aspect of your blog. I have had great inspirations in live and i continue to have lots of way to get me going. I work in a research lab where people have minimal contact with humans. I see people around me who want to get healthy, eat healthy and exercise and constantly tell me they want to be more like me. But i havent inspired them/helped them achieve it. I dont want to go out and preach. I want to help but dont know how. I am being an example that they seem to like but i dont seem to help beyond that. How can i help? I have been studying how u inspire people through your blog. I seem to want to do the things u do. Can you learn to be a good leader?

    • You ARE helping! Just by doing. Trust me, they will catch on! Maybe even try putting up a sign up list stating a hike/run/healthy day you are doing and if anyone would like to join you. This always seems to work! And YES! I believe you can learn to be a leader. Definitely. We are always learning. And the more and more we WANT to learn and lead, the more of a leader we will become. :)

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