Quitting my job almost two years ago was one of the scariest things I've done thus far. I have gone sky diving, bungee jumping, cliff diving, and parasailing. None of those things were as terrifying as taking a leap of faith to follow my purpose.
But I wasn't satisfied working every day in IT, just for the good paycheck. I didn't want to be miserable anymore, so I quit. I knew what I wanted to do and what I did not want to do anymore. But I had no clue where to start, what that looked like, or how. So I began where I always did with any big life decisions and consulted with my support system. And they agreed to hold me down.
I'm two- years into walking in my purpose, here is what I've got: I've worked with a few friends on projects and campaigns. I started working with a production company as a production assistant and script advisor. I was on two podcasts, earlier this year, I started writing again, which means I get to do more storytelling. I started sharing that writing on Instagram. Every Monday Night, I upload stories for Monday's with Mimi. The money hasn't come yet, but I'm prayerful it will. In the meantime, I've been doing what I can do, including odd jobs and hustling legally. I've done it all from donating to 'postmating' in the name of securing some cash.
Even if the money doesn't come, I have been happier this past two years than I was the five years post-grad working a 9-5. Walking in your purpose looks different for everybody. I'm currently reading, Purpose Driven Life, the author, talks about recognizing the gifts God gave you and leaning into them. These are the things that come with ease (not necessarily easy). Those are the gifts meant to be shared with others. Writing is that for me, it's the way I connect with others, and it has been since high school. It was back in college when I first noticed that storytelling was a gift.
One drunken college night, with too many people to name inside of my freshman dorm, I realized in the middle of a sex story this is my gift. I loved the way it felt and the expression on everyone's face. It was after that I realize; this is what I do well and what I want to do forever. I know that one day, I'll be writing on a show that people love and can identify with on a personal level. I'm very much so looking forward to that day!
It took me a long time to put that dream in focus. I'm here to tell you, that it's never too late. If you've let your vision get out of focus, like a blurry picture, remember every day that you have breath is a day to refocus. I refocus by changing my environment and by surrounding myself with written reminders of that purpose. I figure if I see it every day, then I can move closer to that dream.
I'll report back in the future to let you all know how my walk is going. Meanwhile, I would love to know what walking in your purpose looks like for you??
Sis, dreams are just your reality waiting for you to make it happen!
Until next time:
“Dream them dreams. Then man-up and live them dreams, because a life without dreams is black and white. And the universe flows in technicolor and surround-sound.”- The Late Great Combat Jack!