Discovering Your Needs
I have been experiencing a gap between my professional and my personal life that has thrown me a little out of whack lately! I know this is not the first time nor the last time I will experience this in my life. I also know I am not alone in this experience. How come this time I cannot seem to bridge and shorten that gap?
Doing . . .
I seem to get into those positions where within 2 to 4 years I am itching for a change or just plain hitting a wall! I started creative writing and blogging to bridge that gap. I joined a professional group that meets once a month as another outlet to help bridge that gap. I think all I did was add a little more busyness to my personal life – ha!
I am also moonlighting on my day job with these outlets! Sometimes I feel like I am floating and other times I feel like I am floundering in trying to find my next career path. I am grateful to have a job, but I strive to have a career again! How do you make that transition and take that leap when the economic and employment climates are highly unpredicatable and highly unstable?
I keep thinking to myself that I am selfish in wanting to do something that I love and get paid for it too! Especially in working 40 hours a week for the next 15 to 20 years. I know what I am currently doing is no longer working, but I am still trying to figure out what I really want to do! It makes no sense to me and I make no sense to myself at times.
Questioning . . .
I need to really wake myself up and ask myself some tough questions in order to make my next move! The first tough question that I need to ask myself is, “What do I want?” I truly fear the unknown and that is a pretty scary place to be! I feel like I am not carrying my own share of the load too.
I knew I needed a transition partner! In joining a professional group I am contributing as well as gaining in knowledge and experience. I find it helpful to be able to reach out to someone who has gone through a transition in their professional life. It gives me the confidence to believe and trust in myself and my talents.
I am finally giving myself the permission I need to explore and discover as well as practice and exercise my talents! The hardest part is being patient with myself to let the transistion process evolve, especially on its time and not my time. I need to sit back and just enjoy the journey!
Wanting . . .
I need to blow the door off and open up my world again! I am the change and I am the one who makes the choices. I need to focus on the positive and the good and celebrate more. I need to think in terms of what could be instead of what was!
I need to tap into my passions and desires as well as do what makes me happier each and every day! This comes from being able to do at least one thing for myself and for the better of myself on a daily basis. One major aspect that has become part of my day is creative writing and blogging. In order to ask that tough question of what I want is to do at least one thing each and every day to become the person I want to be!
I have to put the stress and worry on the down low and give myself a break too! I like being a beginner and learning new things again. It is such a breath of fresh air to take the time I need for myself. I really have to build myself up from the inside out in order to bridge that gap in my personal life and my professional life!
(Photos by RSheridan)