When did you know what you wanted to do with your life? Are you searching for your purpose? If you are one of the lucky people who know what your calling in life is, pursue it. Some people are searching for a dream job, while others are looking for a bigger purpose in life. Those who make a living fulfilling their dreams are bravely embracing life.
When searching for a career or your next calling in life, I ask you to take note of your journey thus far:
- have you had different jobs?
- have you tried things out of your comfort zone?
- have you felt passion when doing something?
- what do you enjoy doing?
- what comes easily to you?
- what would you do, even if you weren’t paid to do it?
If you do not have the answers, it is okay. It just hasn’t come to you yet. Some people know from the time they are a child what they want to do in life, while others have to keep trying on hats until they find the right fit. Plus, no one says you have to only do one thing or walk one path. Though life is short, you can create many stories on your journey.
The first time I remember understanding that it was okay to follow my instincts was listening to Oprah. I feel like she gave us all permission to listen to our inner voice and follow it. What does your inner voice tell you? I embrace people who show kindness and give of themselves for no other reason than because it’s in their nature to do so. I strive to be like this. From the time I was a small child, I wanted to be a teacher. I have realized it is in my nature to be kind and to be a teacher. I enjoy finding information for people, training and mentoring, and touching people’s lives. In short, I have listened to my inner voice and have embraced helping people.
Today’s blog post is inspired by my dear friend, David. In truth, I am selfishly sad that he will be leaving my daily life to continue on his journey. I am beyond proud of him for pursuing his dream and for embracing life. He is amazingly talented, loves unconditionally, and doesn’t judge others for their life choices. More importantly, he is the most awake person I know. (Yes, it’s a Joe Versus the Volcano reference.) He has my heart and he inspires me to fully take life in. I am a better person for knowing him and I will miss seeing his face.
Here’s my advice:
- practice mindfulness
- reflect on life
- try new things
- keep moving
- read – to learn, grow, and enjoy
- work at being a better you
- choose your path
- travel different roads
- be respectful, peaceful, and loving
Don’t look back wondering how life would have been if you had chosen to be brave and follow your path, your calling, your inner voice. I wish you “your Oprah Aha! moment” and that you are open to it when it comes.
~I’m here to help
Further Reading & Resources:
David Darrko. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/user/daviddarrkoTV/about
Bloom, Steve. 2011. 6 Tips on Finding the Courage to Pursue Your Dreams. Do Something Cool. Retrieved from: http://dosomethingcool.net/6-tips-finding-courage-pursue-dreams/
Norbert. 19 Reasons to Ignore Everybody and Follow Your Dreams. Globotreks. Retrieved from: http://www.globotreks.com/features/19-reasons-ignore-everybody-follow-your-dreams/
Oprah Winfrey Magazine. 2006. Aha! Moments. O, The Oprah Magazine. Retrieved from: http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/aha-moments
Oprah Winfrey Network. 2012. How Do You Find the Courage to Follow Your Purpose? Oprah’s Lifeclass. Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/qCL9dkEh9H4
Ross, Sharen. 2015. You Need To Visit These 20 Websites If You Want To Learn New Skills. Life Hack. Retrieved from: http://www.lifehack.org/352144/you-need-visit-these-20-websites-you-want-learn-new-skills
Skillcrush. 2015. How to Find Your Dream Job (When You Don’t Know What You Want). Levo. Retrieved from: http://www.levo.com/articles/career-advice/how-to-find-your-dream-job-when-you-dont-know-what-you-want
The Muse. 2013. 9 Questions That’ll Help You Find Your Dream Career. Forbes. Retrieved from: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dailymuse/2013/11/01/9-questions-thatll-help-you-find-your-dream-career/#4166f80623bb
Trombetta, Sadie L. 2015. 9 Books To Help You Find Inner Peace, No Matter How Crazy Your Life Gets. Bustle. Retrieved from: http://www.bustle.com/articles/96129-9-books-to-help-you-find-inner-peace-no-matter-how-crazy-your-life-gets
Z, Kristyna. 2015. The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New. Maqtoob. Retrieved from: https://entrepreneurs.maqtoob.com/the-37-best-websites-to-learn-something-new-895e2cb0cad4#.hok9nl5ae
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