I came into college with one goal in mind. To become a high- end event planner. In fact, when people asked me what I wanted to do with my life I believe my exact words were, “I want to be a successful event planner.” And so, all through middle and high school, that’s what I dreamed of.
Fun fact about me! I’m the girl with a plan. I had the first couple years after high school graduation pretty much mapped out.
So, you can only imagine the complete oblivion I was tossed into when I realized I didn’t enjoy event planning as much as I thought I would. All of a sudden, all those years of planning and day dreaming went up in smoke.
But the thing was, I had no idea what else was out there for me and it sent me into a complete panic.
It wasn’t until I found my love for writing and inspiring other women that I felt just plain happier and content with being my authentic self. I had never felt that way before.
And I’m willing to bet that the reason your days are dragging on and on and you feel gross 80% of the time is because you aren’t fulfilling your purpose. You aren’t operating in YOUR special gifts. And whether you believe me or not, everyone has a God-given purpose and god-given gifts.
Okay, So how the heck do you go about finding your passion and gifts to feel more content in your everyday life. Well, I have a few tips and tricks for you.
Accept the Journey
Sometimes you have to live life a little bit before your true passion is revealed to you. I mean, it didn’t click for me until I went through something kinda awful. And that may sound scary, but some of your greatest accomplishments will come from the pain and suffering you experience. It’s in those times that you learn the most about yourself. Also, forget that your passion may just be one thing. Stop being so one track minded. Be open to the fact that you may be interested in other things. Let yourself tell you what it likes to do.
Do Some Self-Inventory
There are so many self- inventory quizzes, books and articles with the sole purpose of helping you discover your passion. Take a quick quiz and do some reading. Another way is to spend time with yourself. Figure out what you enjoy, what you find annoying, what you find interesting and what you find incredibly boring. Get to know you and take note. And then you can match up your personality and interests with possible careers.
Honestly, this is what I did. After I ruled out event planning as my profession, I had no idea what my next move was. So, I prayed that the Lord would reveal to me what He wanted me to do with my life. And I fasted for 7 days. Within those 7 days, I received an email from a member of my church family saying that she really enjoyed my article in the church update that week and that I should really consider a major in Journalism. And all throughout that week, my mom received calls and comments about my excellent writing and how I should pursue it further. So, ask God what it is you’re suppose to be doing and wait for His response.
Ask The People Who Love You
Ask the people who really know you to describe you. Ask them to list your greatest strengths or what they see you doing in 10 years. I’m not saying take whatever they say as the gospel truth, but it helps to have some outside intel.
Make A Plan and Take Action
Make a plan to pursue your interests and then carry out that plan. You can make adjustments along the way. You won’t know if the plan works if you don’t try.