The universe works in mysterious ways. I’ve struggled lately trying to figure out “what I wanted to be when I grew up”. I guess it all started in high school. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with my life and so I took the ASVAB test which tests your various aptitudes and tells you what areas of work you would do well at. Unfortunately for me, the results said, “You’d do well in all subjects”. Well that sure narrowed it down.
College was the same. I decided to settle on a business degree specializing in the service industry as all industries require people who have a background in business and most require interacting with people. Still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it, but at least it was a start.
I bounced around genres during my work life as well. I worked for department stores, rental car companies, staffing companies, cosmetics companies, etc. And while I was good at all of them, nothing felt quite like the right fit. Even working freelance didn’t feel like the right fit. I always felt fake, a phony, like I didn’t fit in.
Recently though, I started thinking about the things that really make me happy. The things that when I do them, they don’t feel like work. And I was able to narrow it down to two succinct things: digital communications and beauty. I know that tech and lipstick don’t always seem to go together, I love being on the computer creating things that impact peoples emotions and lives, and I also love putting makeup on women and impacting their emotions and lives in that way.
It was a hard decision to narrow down my priorities and an even harder decision cutting/limiting ties to those projects that don’t align with those.
But the universe has a very weird way of working. I had made my decision and redirected my focus, and literally the next morning I was headhunted for my dream job!
Starting Monday, I will be working for an aesthetic surgeon. I get to handle all of his digital communications-social media, web site, blog, newsletters, etc. His wife owns a skincare and cosmetics company, so while I work in the office, I still get to do makeovers on women. I get to combine both things that I love to do. I also get off of work in enough time to pick my kids up from school and then I get to finish my work day in front of my laptop at home. To top it off, turns out I had met his wife years ago through a fashion organization I belong to.
So, when you feel like your are floundering around aimlessly, take a long hard look at what makes you happy. You never know where it will lead you.