Career or a Job? What about your Passion?

To have a career is defined as

an occupation or profession, especially one requiring special training, followed as one’s lifework.

Having a job is defined as

a piece of work, especially a specific task done as part of the routine of one’s occupation or for an agreed price.

Now I have to be honest, what does this mean to you or me? I am told I need to get a job in order to pay bills and sustain my living expense. I have also been told I need to find a career. I feel that we spend so much time telling each other that having just “just a job” is not good enough. That it is not leading you towards some sort of career. This is where I need to pause this type of thinking!!!

No matter what you are currently doing, it is an experience! Sometimes it’s not going to be fun and you might not see instant gratification from it right away but you will, promise. I struggle through this even now. I don’t expect to reflect on every single interaction with people through out the day. I think my head would explode if I did that. But I do think back on certain interactions with my customers, my bosses, and any other related interactions. I ask myself a series of questions:

  • What was the topic?
  • Was this the first time I heard about it?
  • If not, did the discussion of this topic reenforce knowledge on this topic?
  • Was I receptive to what was being discussed?

So WHY do I do this? I do it because I am passionate about learning. Regardless if I am working at just a job or in the field of my career, my passion is always present in learning.

Let’s define passion,

any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.

Passion is a deep emotion that we have to look for within ourselves. It is not something you can jut have an answer for. Our passions will change and that is okay. I know my did year to year. As I starting becoming more aware of what I was doing the opportunities I was receptive to I began to internalize those intense emotions and formulate an idea of what I was truly passionate about, enough to start the beginnings of a career.

I didn’t do this alone. I didn’t magically know how to identify these feelings let alone recognize them at times. And its okay we’re human. But it is no excuse to keep going and not doing something about it. Our emotions at work are the most important thing to keep on check! It can break or seal the deal! Keep that in mind!

Danielle Laporte created The Desire Map to help find your “Core Desired Feelings” another name for your passion. She has built a beautiful journey for you to take at your own pace. I have the physical book for when I feel the need to unplug from my devices and I have it in iBooks to read at anytime anywhere. It is sincerely one of the best journeys I have done, besides discover Yoga!!

In one of her opening pages she shares a quote,

Take a journey into the things which you are carrying, the known— not into the unknown—into what you already know:
your pleasures, your delights, your despairs, your sorrows.
Take a journey into that, that is all you have.
—Jaluddin Krishnamurti

Danielle starts hitting the ground running. You begin with a “Rapid Fire Session” then the next thing you know you’re being asked what the is the scent of joy? Ummmm what? I’ve never even thought about that!

Check out her site and the The Desire Map. Her program helped me redefine what I wanted to do about my past job, I was able to clearly create career goals, and take a step forward in the next chapter of my life.

The Desire Map

P.s. Give yourself some self-love ❤


My Quarter Life Crisis… LOL not kidding!

My quarter-life crisis began in July, six months before I turned 25. I began to think about where I was at that point and where I was heading. I did this mostly at work. I was working full-time for Apple Retail and celebrating my 5th appleversary in October. I was also going to school full-time and working out twice-a-day. So to say the least I was burnt out! I lost track of what my priorities were and where I was actually heading in all aspects of my life. December was creeping up and I felt like I had not met any of my goals so far.

Paul Angone wrote 25 Signs You Are Having a Quarter-Life Crisis  (check it out and let me know which ones you relate to!)

My Top #5:

1. “Am I ever going to feel like myself again?” Is something you ask. Every day.
2. Visualizing yourself 15 years from now doing your bosses job makes you throw up a little in your mouth.
3. You’re 99.7% sure a road-trip would fix everything
4. You glare at your cat in the morning as you get ready for work and say, “God, I wish I had your life.” (my two dogs!)
5. You surf the internet so much at work every day that you literally hit a point where you don’t know what else to search for.

I needed a time-out!

In reality I did achieve more then I had thought! in late August/September I retrieved all my notes that I had kept of my goals, progress, achievements, and emotions. I guess you can say similar to a diary although I’ve tried writing and documenting in many forms. For my personal goals I’ve made maps, large maps of how I see my life at the moment and where I’d like to be. I’ve also read through and applied a ton of exercises from Life After College by Jenny Blake. I love her. She is brilliant and every young adult going into college, or in college, or the ages from 18-25 need to explore her website and book. She really breaks everything, life, down. Into manageable categories and tasks. When she launched the book in NYC I made sure I was there to meet her and thank her. She was such a sweetheart!

Ok so here was the reality of this mental breakdown. I hit a wall because I had forgotten to develop myself. I was a lead trainer in my store and a market facilitators (fancy titles meaning I trained my peers and did on-boarding.) I was so focused on helping others develop within the company that I neglected myself!

What I did next…. I left Apple! I was about to turn 25 and I felt I needed to explore more of the world. Not travel the world, even though that would be nice, but actually see the my surrounding world differently. I am learning that you do not need to travel far to experience an adventure. Currently I am fully emerged in learning all about the Russian and Deaf culture (we’ll leave those details for another day!) I am freelancing my skills that I have acquired through out my experiences and I am connecting with influential individuals in different fields! Who would’ve known! Don’t get me wrong I was so afraid and unsure of what was going to happen when I gave my two weeks in!

Although I strategically left my full-time job. I saved up enough income to hold me over a couple months and continued to Intern (not much $$$ but it helped!) I realized my main priority was to finish my BA. I’m almost done and ready for the next step.. my masters!

Jenny Blake NYC Life After College Book Launch!

Jenny Blake NYC Life After College Book Launch! If you want to get ideas flowing go ahead and try out Jenny Blake’s 13 Thought-Starters for the Year Ahead It’ll help I promise!

I’d love to hear your story or other ways in which have helped you organize and plan out your goals/thoughts.