Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday Thoughts: Follow the Yellow Brick Road...

Happy Thursday Lovelies!

Have you ever woken up in the morning and felt like the weight of the day was already a 50 lb. bag on your back, and you hadn't even gotten out of bed yet? That's how I'm feeling today. I have about 10 different "To-Do" lists that I'm keeping at the same moment, (time management is key) and feeling slightly intimated by it all. 

Currently my nonprofit, Social 360 , is doing very well. My business partner, Angela, and I are busy making plans for 2011 and I am thrilled to see how much it has grown and what the future has in store.

Besides my work with Social 360, I am also one of the many thousands in the U.S. that is currently in the job market. To put it plainly, I feel like I have had my hand in many cookies jars (positions) over the years, but haven't found one that I really love, besides working with Social 360, that is. 

I'm at that point in my life that I want to focus on building a career, and not merely having a job to pay the bills. Don't get me wrong, paying the bills is the whole purpose of having a job, but I also firmly believe that one should somewhat enjoy what they do and feel like they are making a difference. 

I have known way too many people over the years that, come Sunday night, are the most miserable creatures to be around. The idea of waking up the next morning to a job they care nothing about,  only to make a salary and pay Uncle Sam, is without a doubt a terrible feeling. 

I think we were built for more. Not to sound like an inspiration speaker (and no, I don't "live in a van down by the river".) I have a difficult time swallowing the idea of spending my days, week after week, month after month, in a job that literally brings no sense of purpose, meaning or challenge.

 I don't want to sound like I'm romanticizing any position. I am long since the days of college, when I was filled to the brim with ignorant bliss of post college life, a.k.a. landing a dream job as a writer, making a great salary and being able to travel the world...yeah, not so much. 

Hear me out, I am not in any way trying to crush the desire of anyone out there that wants their dream job. I say, go for it, pursue it with all you've got. But in the same moment, be practical and realistic. 

When you're in your 20's and  30's landing a great job, that is good for you, can be an arduous path. We spend much of this time in our life searching, questioning and seeking out answers for what we want and yet, what is also realistic. 

More often than not those searches don't end with stumbling upon some magical job wizard that kisses our forehead and helps us land an amazing position. Most often those dream jobs come from dedication, self discovery and hard work.

 Everyone has their own path, their own Yellow Brick road to follow. The key is sticking with the path even when it takes you through challenges you didn't see coming. The road may get rough and the storms will rain on your parade, but as cliche as the saying goes, "the sun always rises in the morning", and the light of a new day will dawn a fresh path you never saw was there.

I wish to find a job in which I see a future. Not just two or three years, but something I can pour myself into, invest in and see the results as the years go by. For now I'm keeping my eyes open for opportunities to arise, focusing on what's important and trusting that God, indeed, does have a plan for us all; and in the mean time, I'm following my own Yellowbrick road until the right job comes along.


*Simply Colette* said...

Oh I so know how you feel. I just took the plunge myself. Just a few more weeks in the financial world then it's Photography Getaways, freelancing, blogging or bust :)

Maya • Fashion Illustration blog said...

You are at a very interesting crossroad in your life. But as you say, one should not be to idealistic about the dream job, nor two "realistic" about what life and work should look like.
The biggest problem these days I feel is that achiving success and great work are made to look easy and effortless. This is a process a,d one needs to stay patient and enjoy life in the meantime. :-)


ilmostro said...

I am with you on this post 110 percent!! Ive recently relocated my entire life and though im only part time working, Im using the rest of my time to build an etsy shop. Not for the money, but for the experience and for the love of crafts. Never was a paper chaser yet money is a necessary evil. Theres a balance to be found and people dont understand when I speak of this. They think i'm "just a dreamer" or somehow very naive when I am well aware of just how much the 9-5s kill them slowly.


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