When I walked into the room, I couldn’t help but gasp at the pillow that looked dipped in chocolate. Subtly accented by the accompaniment behind, it seemed to be espoused by a billow of rose petals tied together with care, further accented by silk and satin that begged to be adored. My then co-worker was giving us a tour of her cute and quaint condo, both simply and elegantly designed – and with every corner that I turned, I was increasingly delighted. It was divine!
What I didn’t know is that the expert I’d spent so much time with in our profession on a day to day basis was secretly in love with a completely different industry – interior design! Her face was luminescent as she begin to describe how her passion for perfection with every home essential began when she was a little girl.
As a frequent traveler with military parents, she’d marinate for days on exactly how she wanted her new room to look – and execute it within hours, flawlessly. Her childhood hobby had fully bloomed into an adult sized admiration – and she was exceptional at it. Nevertheless, what she truly loved the most – was somehow what she was doing the least…
Have you spent recent hours working in one place, but daydreaming about what you’d really like to do somewhere else? Are you one of millions whose thoughts often lead them to what they wish they could do – if they only had more time?
Make the time! To write your book; pen your poetry; make your music; design your app… Whatever it is that you perhaps started long ago and no longer watch the embers glow – or maybe you never blew on the flame – it’s time to rekindle it!
It’s not so late in the year that you can’t make a Spring Resolution. Spring into action – and pursue what you really love! Quit your job? Not necessarily. Never make life changing decisions on the spur of the moment or as a good friend once told me, under duress.
I say nurture your natural gift and desire to choose to do that which is fulfilling… And if it just so happens to be profitable – with benefits that outweigh the liabilities – then perhaps you should consider making a career change!
Now I will say that I’ve had some readers who expressed they are not necessarily in need of career movement, but they are still repressing a desire to delve into something they’d love to do, but haven’t. And to them I say, “What are you waiting for?”
Life can throw us a few unexpected curves. Sometimes, it’s wise to table things that need our full attention for the sake of greater priorities. However, we can place obstacles in our own path in the name of procrastination, failure to follow through, or strangely – even fear of success.
I’m reminded of a song I heard on the radio yesterday on the way home from church. Tickling my fancy, I realized that the commercially professional debut I was listening to I first heard and saw on FaceBook – as an uploaded video, beautifully recorded acapella – in the artist’s bathroom.
In one of my earliest conversations with Erica Shaw Wiley, she’d expressed that while she wasn’t exactly sure of how her music career would play out, she couldn’t squelch her desire to pursue it 100% any longer. She’s since received rave reviews, celebrity endorsements, and outpouring support from a growing number of fans – and this is just the beginning.
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When I reflected on my co-worker’s condo, I saw something very different than the other guests. The “S” that branded her work for her was a reminder of her name. For me it symbolized, Search, Seize and Savor. Search for whatever it is that fills your heart with satisfaction on end, and seize the opportunities to throw yourself into it!
You should wake up in the morning, fanatical about the day ahead – because you know what you’ll do is something that you love – like Bakers Lane owner Tiffany Bell, whose hobby has now transformed into her profitable culinary delight. With every miniature milestone and actualized achievement, you should relish the fact that you are doing what you do best. Savor it. It’s yours! And the world around you will know you’re the best person for the job.
Time’s a wastin’. #pursueyourpassion, #catchyourdreams, #bethe1, #seizetheday
Caption: A simple reminder that seizing the day yields the best satisfaction of all