So by now you should have at least an inkling of what you want to change in your life. If you’re anything like me, you probably want to change a whole bunch of things! And there’s nothing wrong with that. It just makes everything a little more complicated. But for simplicity’s sake, we’re going to take this one step at a time. For now we’re going to break down life changes into 5 categories: career, money, relationships, health and making a difference. Some may overlap, such as career and money or relationships and health. Just pick and choose what makes the most sense for you. The next few posts will be general overviews and tips. As time progresses, I’ll discuss specific ideas and plans, ways to stay motivated, etc. But for now, it’s important to get the juices flowing and stir your passion so you start feeling better about your life and what you’re doing with it.
If you’ve decided to take charge of your career, you’re in luck! That’s what I’m starting with first.
For me, this was actually the hardest thing to change. It wasn’t that I was happy with what I was doing. It was that I didn’t know what I wanted to do instead. I had a college degree in communications, with concentrations in journalism and radio/tv/film. But I had worked at a daily newspaper. I had worked at a television news station. Neither one was for me. Quite frankly, I didn’t like the news. And living in Connecticut, there aren’t a lot of media options other than that, so I was kind of stuck in that respect. (Yes, I probably should have thought of that while still in college!) As previously mentioned, I had had my own business making gift baskets, but I hadn’t succeeded in that either. And other jobs hadn’t brought me any fulfillment.
The trouble was: I had lots of interests, but nothing really stood out to me when it came to determining my life’s work. In addition, in the back of my mind, was the dream that I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. Since we were trying to conceive our first child, this was something to keep in mind, too. Still, I looked online for jobs and applied to anything that sounded interesting. It wasn’t until I realized I wasn’t getting anywhere (and that even the ones that “sounded interesting” weren’t that interesting to me) that I decided to switch gears. And to be honest, it’s kind of surprising I didn’t come up with the obvious choice earlier: writing.
Why was it the obvious choice? Well, throughout childhood, college, and into adulthood, writing was the only interest that really stayed consistent. I had other interests, but they had a tendency to come and go, or they weren’t feasible options when it came to making a living. Plus writing was a great option for staying home with our children, since I still wanted to bring in income while I was at home. So I threw myself into establishing a writing career.
For you, the choice may be easier, even if the execution isn’t. Perhaps you know what you’ve always wanted to do but lack the education or experience to get there. Perhaps you have an interest but don’t know how to turn it into a career. Or perhaps you’re in the same boat I was in.
Before we go into how to accomplish what you want to do, I want to make sure you’re all aware of one little thing: I’m not where I want to be yet, either. It’s a long process, and one that I’ve certainly made progress with, but I still have a long way to go. This blog is part of it, as are the novels that are advertised on the home page of this blog. I’ve also got lots of projects in the works, as indicated on my professional website. But even without the end product “completed,” I still feel a whole lot better than I did. At least now I feel like I’m getting somewhere, that I’m working toward something that is meaningful to me and that will bring me greater fulfillment in the long run. And sometimes that’s even more important.
Now let’s get into how to get you where you want to be. What problems are holding you back?