What are the things in your life, that you get up for every morning? The things that you love to do - the stuff that feels like a win, just because you get to do it?
In my work, I have the opportunity to spend a lot of time reading, writing, thinking and talking about educational initiatives that help students prepare for careers. We're always asking kids, "Who do you want to be? What do you want to do?" But these are questions that adults should be asking each other - or themselves, as well. As Pamela asked the other day, "Have you thought about what else you might have in you?"
The fact is, it can be really hard to answer a question like that. Some of us know - have always known, and will always know, what it is we were born to do. The rest of us - well, if we're lucky, we figure it out, sooner than later. The thing is, as Steve Jobs so eloquently reminds us, we don't have a limitless amount of time to figure it out. And we shouldn't settle. As he put it, "The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you've found it."
What do you think? Are you still looking? Have you settled? Or have you found it?
I enjoy my work. It's good, it's meaningful,and it's even important. But I don't know if it's it for me. It may be that I just need to find the right angle on my current job - tweak it and nudge it into place, if you will. There are a couple of projects that are just launching, that may lead me there. Or it may be that I should be taking another direction entirely. I'm in my mid-30s, and I feel that while I have done some really strong work throughout my career, it hasn't always been great work. And with every month that passes, the sense that I need to find it - this amorphous, undefined passion - becomes stronger. If you, like me, are still trying to figure out what it is that may be your life's calling - what's inside you, if you will (thanks, Pamela, for such an apt bit of phrasing) - then, I'm hoping you'll find this new feature helpful and interesting. I'm going to be revisiting and trying out various tools and resources that might be able to help me (and maybe you) zero in on a fully realized version of myself (or yourself). And if you happen to already be there (so lucky!!!), I hope you'll chime in and share your experiences discovering that part of yourself. Here's a short video, that kind of gets to the crux of the matter for me:
Okay, here's what I wore last Sunday - due to unusual circumstances at work (I've just transitioned to a home office! And that's meant packing and moving and unpacking and organizing, and general craziness and chaos, on top of all my regular work...) I'm way behind on posting. But I got so many compliments on this outfit that day (and particularly on the dress), I wanted to share it. Apologies for the bad hair:
Dress: Unconditional Osier Dress, Anthropologie
Shoes: Tod's Leather Bootie
Belt: Skinny Leather Belt, J. Crew
Necklace: Hang in There Glasses Pendant, Kate Spade
Hope you're all having a great Friday! Thanks for reading!