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 ❤

And here is why…

Over the winter I participated in Sarah Kathleen Peck’s “Grace + Gratitude: a two week journey for the heart, mind, and soul.” I was very honest with her about not being able to do each task in the time frame of the class and her response was truly amazing and what I needed.

“I tried to design it so that if you were on a subway or in between classes, you could still read and enjoy the essays and stories, and just that would be a little trigger to start your thinking to open up during the day.”

I am doing this a little different this time around. I am going to be open and share my experiences. My goal is to continue this journey more then 14 days. And to also create a connection with my readers and make new friends!

Feel free to comment and/or answer the question.

What does gratitude mean to you? In what ways do you practice gratitude in your life right now?

To me, it means, to be aware of what you have and had and be thankful for it. Reflection plays an important role in gratitude. We must reflect about our experiences and interactions in order to understand the significance role it played in our life. I make connections with what I am doing or what is currently happening in my life and how I got to that point. It helps to remind myself of key people that I have encountered and befriended.

This is a recent phenomenon as I started to question why I do things or why I was feeling the way I was.

I believe actively practicing gratitude can be difficult and lost in the shuffle of life. For a while last year I was lost and couldn’t figure out where I was headed which caused me to ignore other areas of my life. I actually wasn’t sure what I was grateful for. It wasn’t till I did some soul searching and faced my fears. I’ll admit it did not happen right away! I made one of the biggest decisions in leaving my steady secure job at Apple. I had just celebrated my fifth year! But I needed to do it for myself. I craved something different plus my priorities had changed. Finishing my undergrad was #1 on my list. So I made the plunge.

This was my first holiday since I can last remember I did not work in retail. I was actually home and available to my family. It was the holidays and the family gatherings that brought me to this journey of self-reflection.

One of my responsibilities at Apple was to be a mentor and resource to my team. I truly believe you earn that right with your peers. It is not a role that can be simply handed to someone. Trust and rapport are critical components. Both traits I hope to gain with my fellow readers. In terms of being a resource for my readers, I will post readings, videos, music, or documents to share.

This blog is one way that I will be continuing my practice of gratitude in my life.