To say that the first half of this year was eventful would be a huge understatement. After realizing that I would not be returning to grad school in the Fall of 2015, I started feel like my purpose in life was more elusive than ever. I have spent the past four months trying to weed out my other interests (there are many) and figure out which could be the basis of a satisfying career. Taking chances was what came to mind.
It has been hard, scary, trying and though people have offered me gobs of advice, I still feel as though I am wandering. But one piece of advice that I am trying to hold on to is to try everything I can. Take every opportunity and chances you get to try something. Anything.
Taking Some Chances
So, in line with one of my New Years’ resolutions, I promise to really put myself out there for my career. I am going to take chances and invest in myself. I have yearned for a stable and upwardly mobile career trajectory for so long but the view has always been a little fuzzy. I love linguistics, languages, traveling, reading, writing, animals, and so much more. But a solid career goal has only come into focus a few times and unfortunately, insurmountable walls have popped up in front of them. Now, after licking my wounds, I must move onto a new option. As scary as it is, I know that I really need to dive in to my options to find what will truly makes me happy.
As a means to start that, I have made the most out of one of my New Years’ Resolutions which was to enter as many writing contests as I could in 2016. I am proud to say that I have entered at least 10 already and have 10 more in my sights. I have also reached out to old professors to check out new avenues such as ESL teaching and have begun researching the route to becoming a dog trainer. And I plan to use free time this summer volunteering in each of those areas to see which is a good fit for me.
Celebrate The Mistakes
Each time I make progress in one, whether it is enjoyable or shows me that I am on the wrong path, I celebrate a little. I readjust. But I keep in mind that I am investing in my future and becoming stronger from this whole experience. Of course, I would love to know what my purpose is and I most of me wishes that I was already on track towards a solid goal. But this time that I am in now, this season of life, is teaching me how to take more risks and take more chances on myself. And too my surprise, it feels like a victory every time regardless of the outcome.
Taking chances on myself for a career is also causing me to have more faith in myself. It is opening me up to really acknowledging my strengths as well as my weaknesses. When I am brave enough to acknowledge my weaknesses I start to work on them and become a better person and a better worker. I hope you will all wish me well on this journey and hopefully when it is time to make new resolutions, I will already be on the path to a specific career goal.
Alexis opens our conversation this month on “I Promise…,” which is both a reflection and discussion of where all of us are with our New Year’s resolutions or intentions. We will continue this over the weeks in June with Contributors publishing their promises to self, their families, communities and to the world. You are invited to take a seat on our bench and join in. Subscribe and get one daily update when we post here, as well as Weekday Wisdom© and our monthly FREE newsletter which is only available to members of the community.
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