Re-evaluating Career to Move Forward

Have you ever had your career planned out? Or at least been set on your main goals? Then the years fly by and the next thing you know, you’re not where you thought you’d be at this point in your life?

This is how I’ve felt all month. I thought I’d be married, with at least one child as a stay-at-home mom, working part-time online. But no. This is not the plan the Universe had for me.

Instead, I’m 27, still not 100 percent sure of my career at this point, I have an amazing boyfriend and no kids. To many people, I’ve living the dream. Which, sometimes I see true. I can do what I want when I want. But it’s not all glitter and rainbows.

I’ve been reading The Daily Love, and it’s been a huge inspiration during these doubting moments. If you haven’t checked out this site, you should.

At first, I felt like a failure. Like I haven’t tried hard enough to be where I wanted to right now. I began to doubt myself and my skills. After reading The Daily Love a few weeks now, I snapped out of it.

I realized and had to accept that there are other plans for me right now.  It has taken a lot of positive words, quotes, laughing at myself and encouragement to realize it was time to re-evaluate my skills, what I love… And what could I do all day and never notice time passing? Here is what I came up with.

  1. I love to help people, write for ethical reasons, and always be involved with coffee somehow.
  2. My talents, although a little corny, are inspiring others, being genuine and passionate in all things I do, persistent, network, and brew awesome coffee.
  3. What could I do all day and never notice time passing? Being of service, solving problems and contributing to the world.

So, I finally signed up for a Grant Writing class online. This is something I’ve wanted to do ever since my Senior year of High School. It just felt “right”. If I didn’t take it now, I’d regret it. No regrets!

It’s a strange feeling, not knowing everything to do anymore.

And for those of you who know about my coffee blog, my pay it forward coffee post started getting some attention and things are rolling on that.

Now I know to really listen to my heart and focus on what’s in front of me right now- the Grant Writing class and my Pay it Forward Coffee site. I’m just going to see where these take me for now. This is my new focus. Who knows where this goes.

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Your Turn! Have you had this same problem or are you going through it now? Share your experience and advice with us in the comments.