Ever since August of this year, my life has been changing drastically. For a while, the thought was always in the back of my mind that I wasn’t living my potential. I wasn’t using my natural skills and talents.
Because my academic background was in science, it was only fitting that I go into research. For my day job I work in the lab during the week. I admire my boss— he’s a business owner, a generous man who takes care of his family, and a super hard worker. I respect that. I’m very grateful for this opportunity to learn, acquire new technical skills, and indirectly contribute to advancing human medicine.
At my job I get to develop learned skills, which is necessary to do in life in order to grow. But God has blessed me with other talents too, and I firmly believe He expects me to develop them ALL to the best of my ability. Why else would He give them to me? So I was struggling with some internal cognitive dissonance; I could be doing more, yet I wasn’t.
Over the course of the year, some mentioned to me that they missed my old fitness blog, SassyFitMe. They proved to me that I had the ability to encourage and motivate others to live better quality lives, and I missed doing that. I also missed writing; I was only writing once in a blue moon, usually in the form of long reflections that I emailed to close family and friends.
At the start of 2018, I made it one of my goals to get back into a weekly habit of reading. I came up with a book list and started devouring books, everything from writing tips to neuromarketing to successful entrepreneurs. My mind came back to life, and I gained inspiration.
When I started reading about successful people and networking more, I realized that they weren’t successful because they were all geniuses (some, not all). They simply knew their passion, hungered for knowledge, networked, asked questions, and relentlessly chased their dream. In a nutshell, if they found a way to be successful…so could I.
That simple belief changed my life. My love of learning turned into an intense hunger for knowledge. Basically, knowledge about anything I didn’t know about, which is almost everything. I started intentionally going to professional events, and connecting with people over networking coffees and calls, with the simple aim of learning as much as possible. Whether it’s learning a new skill at work, or learning about someone else’s life, it all leads to growth if you recognize the value of it. There is something to be learned from everyone.
In August I decided I would start a lifestyle blog, catering to a wider audience and covering more topics of interest. Eventually I’d love to spend my days writing while traveling the world, so I’m working towards it, while learning from my different mentors in business and life. Most importantly, I have confidence. That confidence would never have existed if I didn’t believe in myself. (And if you don’t believe in yourself, don’t expect others to).
The past few months have been an amazing journey so far, and it’s only going to get better. I spend most of my free time working towards my goals, while developing my natural talents for writing and inspiring others. While it takes tons of work, I don’t see it as a job— because I enjoy every second of it. I guess that’s what happens when you find your passion! In my heart I know this is exactly where I’m meant to be right now.
What is your passion? What is your dream? Comment below!