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!