My friends, I still could use some help and prayer with this please. This past year finally brought the realization of just how much I’ve been struggling and what lays at the core of it all. I have been fighting things for so long… trying to remain hidden from God, from certain gifts He’s blessed me with, and where He continues to lead me.
Am I supposed to try to chase down the next opportunity? I haven’t done so, because I’m honestly not sure which direction to go now. What I do know is that many of the skills I have can be applied in many different areas. Besides working charities and fundraisers, I don’t have a stronger pull in any certain direction. I can apply the passion I have for life and people towards any good cause that I believe in. Perhaps I’m supposed to be more picky, but I’m not. All I know is that I’m always ready to jump in with both feet when the right opportunity presents itself.
It’s been said that us “creative” types are all over the map and have difficulty focusing. Personally, I really do enjoy so many different things that I could agree with that to a certain extent. But the flip side of that is, once I have a goal and know what I’m doing or where I’m going, all that energy and passion kicks into high gear. That allows me greater focus on a project than other personality types. So, like anything, you learn how to harness and draw good from something that could be overwhelming and negative.
Learn to turn a negative into a positive!
Make your Passion, your Dream!
They say if you follow your passion, you will be living your dreams and doing what you were meant to. I’ve thought about that so much over the past few years and the most specific I can be is that my greatest passion is for life and people ~ to love people! Speaking engagements, leading groups and raising support for a good cause seem to encompass those things really well. I’m not sure what else does. My next greatest passion is photography and obviously writing.
What would you do with those gifts? What kind of business would you start? What kind of job might you apply for? Staying independent, how would you market yourself? (I make a great PR specialist for others, just not so much for myself.) If you’ve followed my story these past couple of years (as much as is out) what would be your next step?
How I Got Here
A quick overview of my story is that after surviving some traumatic childhood events, I began working undercover as an independent operative for various law enforcement agencies. This isn’t a position I applied for or sought, but when it fell into my lap, I grabbed onto it with both hands. There was something so satisfying about helping victims in the greatest way possible ~ by taking people off the streets and out of leadership positions that didn’t belong there, so they couldn’t hurt anyone else again.
Then (for various reasons) about 2 years ago it was time for a career change and I really felt like I was supposed to tell my story. So, I started this blog, I had already been speaking for about 4 years prior, my poetry has been published nationwide since I was young, and I’ve been trying to write a book. Now, here I am. I’m not currently receiving as much financial support as I used to though, so I and need to do something different to pay the bills.
Some people have suggested I become a life coach, but I don’t think that’s the best fit. A motivational coach maybe? Many in the church who have worked with me have said I should be a preacher (like Joyce Meyers even, lol!) and while I was an evangelist for 5 years, I’m not sure that’s the right fit either. I will say I’m in a good position and it’s in my soul to be able to continue traveling and working with all different kinds of people and cultures everywhere.
What is My Ultimate Dream?
If you read nothing else, please read this!
Talking about things and going through them like this usually helps us process them better (at least for women, lol!) If I could wrap it all up into one neat little package, ultimately I’d have a travel blog for charities and fund-raisers. I would work for them, nationally as well as internationally, getting people excited about good causes to support. I would travel, blog and take pictures daily of everything leading up to and surrounding that event, so readers felt like they were actually there with me and a part of it. I realize that means becoming a guru at social media, but I know I could do that. I’ve done it plenty for others before (again, it’s just so much harder to do for yourself, as in self promotion.)
It seems this would encompass the things I’m most passionate about and all the gifts God has given me the best ~ people skills (which are strongest), speaking, writing, photography, advocating for a good cause, encouraging and motivating others, sharing my story so that others may see Him and experience His love, travel, etc. How does one start something like that though? Do I need angel investors still like I’ve had in the past, but for a different cause or reason? Could the non-profit I’ve always wanted to start represent such a thing?
Most people have something to sell, whether it be a tangible item or a dream, but they lack the ideas to bring attention to it. I’m the opposite ~ I don’t have any particular idea or product to sell, but I have tons of ideas on ways to raise money, awareness and bring attention to it. My people skills alone draw others in. Now that being said, please don’t contact me with any products to sell, lol. I really have to believe in something and be able to support it 110% myself to get others excited about it, and I can best do that with people’s hopes and dreams verses anything else.
Where to Start?
So, I’m still all over the map and could go in any direction, but I’m OK with that. It just makes it harder to go after something specific, so that’s where I will tend to wait until something presents itself. Once that happens though ~ watch out! I can take it from there and lead without a problem, helping others reach their dreams, which means achieving mine as well.
In the end, I would just go after my “ultimate” dream, but don’t know where to start. I’ve got lots of support, followers and a wonderful platform here although, I still need a new website where I can host advertising space (which would create residual income.) I guess it’s like my book where I’ve got all these stories, but can’t seem to put them together in a story format (beginning, middle and end.) I have signed confidentiality agreements with two different editors in the past, but our writing styles were too different, so they didn’t work out.
OK… Now I’m just babbling, lol!
You Are Appreciated!
I look forward to and really appreciate your prayers, thoughts and ideas my friends. While I may not get as many comments on the blog itself, know that my email box sometimes gets overloaded and it’s wonderful! I understand not as many people want it publicly known that they are tied to me or this blog, so that’s cool. I love how you get in touch with me though, so I really look forward to hearing from you regarding this post :) I’d really appreciate shares on this one to please, as it’s about seeking new business opportunities. Blessings!
One of my favorite quotes is,
“The great thing about turning 40, is there’s nothing left to be afraid of.”
I just love that!