I’m still working on figuring out how I can find a way to get paid to do what I love doing. I hope what I’m about to say doesn’t sound like a cop-out, because it honestly isn’t.
I just have to believe that if I follow my passion, network with people who do what I want to do, and put myself out there, I will be in the right place at the right time. I don’t believe that the universe will somehow just give me the perfect job. I do believe, however, that the more people I meet and the more involved I am in the community I want to serve, the more likely people are to think of me when they hear about opportunities that I would fit into.
There isn’t a simple box or label for my career inspirations. There is no listing in the Occupational Outlook Handbook for “person who inspires others to live beyond their potential.” I can’t search the internet job sites for “professional encourager.” I can, however, research and plan to become a life coach. And I can completely throw myself into the community.
Last week, I participated in a race organization meeting. I’m in discussions about a very cool local television opportunity. I have 7 runs scheduled with my group (or specific members of it) next week. I am meeting with my ladies to review training plans. I need to get back with another friend about planning a race series. I ordered tshirts, so there’s lots of going back and forth with the vendor (which is such a better experience than last time). I’m maintaining a schedule, a website, a facebook page, and a twitter account. I’m responding to emails galore.
I’m putting in the work.
All because I love running. Because I love what running has done for me. And because I want to give others the confidence to find that power within themselves.
I’ve got my eyes open wide, watching for any chance to get lucky.