When I started blogging it was part of a secret mission. I know that sounds super cool and top secret, but it’s not. It’s been a personal mission to find my passion. I know this may not make sense to everyone reading this but I don’t want to just have a job or have a career. I want to build something of my own. I want to be proud of what I do. I want my children to be proud of what I do. It’s not enough for me to say I make “x” amount of dollars a year. I want to leave an imprint on this earth. I want to impact others. My blogging has forced me to look at myself from a lot of different angles. And in order for my blog to be authentic, I’ve had to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly! This has all been part of the master plan (insert weird creepy laugh here).
Over the past several months I’ve been thinking about all the things I wanted to be when I grew up and all of the things I’ve actually done. The first thing I remember wanting to be was a teacher. I was always playing school with my grandma when I was a kid– she was the student and I was the teacher, obvi. Over the course of my childhood and through my teenage years, teaching was always on my list.
At some point, I wanted to be a magazine editor (not sure if I ever told anyone about this one). When I was a kid I used to love reading magazines. You know, like Bop! And then I graduated to Fitness and Self and eventually Cosmopolitan (because what 18-year old prude wasn’t reading Cosmo?!) I did this weird thing when I read magazines– I literally read them from cover to cover. I used to read EVERYTHING in the magazine. Even the credits in the beginning. Even the name of the Mac lipstick I’d never ever wear. EV-ER-Y-THING. But my favorite part of the magazine was in the beginning. It was the note from the editor, alongside a very beautiful picture of what I dreamed every magazine editor looked like. I used to think to myself, I want to be an editor of a magazine. I want to be the one to approve the themes of each edition and “yay” or “nay” the ideas for stories for each section. (I literally decided exactly what the editor did even though I had nothing to base it off of…but that sounds kinda accurate, right?).
But that dream faded pretty quickly.
Next up: sportscaster (I even went to college for this one!). Although I still love to play sports and be active, my desire to follow sports has dwindled over the years. But back when I was 17 or 18 years old, I was a big Mets and Knicks fan. I would watch SportsCenter on ESPN with my brother every morning before school and I thought it would be so awesome to be the next Linda Cohn. But that, too, fell by the wayside within my first semester of college. Obviously that dream wasn’t the dream.
Eventually I fell into (and yes, I use those words purposely) working with my dad. My dad worked for MetLife for 29 years. I began working at his office at the end of my second year of college. I was the Recruiting Coordinator. I was 20 years old and had no idea what I was doing, but the girl I replaced must’ve really sucked because they didn’t even let her stay to train me. I did get some training from my direct manager, but she dealt more with marketing so the actual nitty gritty of my job I kinda had to learn on my own by making phone calls and asking a million questions.
Three years later my dad brought me over to his new company, National Life Group. He needed an Office Manager and thought I’d be a great fit for the small agency. He was right… I totally nailed it. Haha, just kidding. Okay, okay, I didn’t not nail it, but I had a ton to learn. I was only 23 years old and even though both companies were life insurance companies there was a big difference between my roles at MetLife and National Life. I was running the office at National Life. Good thing I was getting my MBA, right? (Ha, I laugh at that only because when it comes to running a business there is nothing better than on the job experience. You can take all the classes in the world but it will never beat out work experience.)
There are parts of my job I love. For instance, every day is different. And, I get to work on all aspects of the business—accounting, financial reporting, marketing, training, recruiting and on-boarding, even a little IT stuff. I’ve grown A LOT since day one. I’m not sure I’d be where I am today if I hadn’t been given this opportunity at a very young age. And I am grateful for the autonomy and flexibility I have. Even though I don’t own the business, I run the business. And I take that very seriously (like 98.5% of the time).
So why am I giving you my job history? Relax, I’m getting there!
I have done quite a few things over the years—barista at Starbucks, Recruiting Coordinator and New Business Processor (at MetLife), Beachbody coach, pure barre instructor, Operations Manager (National Life) and blogging. And I am truly grateful for everything I’ve done because a) I’ve had the balls to go outside my comfort zone and try new things and b) I’ve learned a lot about myself from each one!
I’ve learned where my strengths are. I’ve learned where my weaknesses are (brings back memories of my business school days when we talked about SWOT analysis). I drilled down and figured out what I liked about each of those jobs/opportunities and what I didn’t like. Here’s a list of the things I love:
- I love to talk (I know… SHOCKER)
- I love to listen
- I love to help people
- I love to lead small groups and work one-on-one with people
- I love running a business
- I love writing and editing
- I love fitness
- I love to problem solve
- I love goal setting
- I love sharing my experiences
- I love providing motivation and inspiration to others
It took me 14 years of being in the workforce (18 years old- 32 years old) to figure out what my actual dream job is but I finally figured it out! I’m in the preliminary stages of my endeavor. Meaning, I’m researching and doing a shit ton of homework. But let’s just say it involves ALL of the things I love to do. For now, I’m calling it my passion project. But eventually, because I’m going to work real hard at it and be real good at it (don’t believe me, just watch), it’s going to be my baby. The job that will allow me to create the lifestyle I want to live. I’m not ready to officially announce anything because I know people will ask me a ton of questions that I just don’t have answers to yet. So hold your horses! It’s coming!
And while I’m working on MY DREAM, I really encourage everyone reading this to step outside their comfort zone and try new things. Even if those things aren’t the dream, it’ll at least take you one step closer to it. And don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and actually own your dream. Because guess what? You’d be surprised how many people are actually cheering you on versus tearing you down. I’ve never EVER gotten any negative feedback from any one of my blog posts. In fact, people are encouraging and supportive and rooting for me! So why wouldn’t people do the same for you!!?!? They would!! Trust me! 🙂