What a day! What a month! It seems that we can go for such a long time in what seems like a rut. Then something changes. Our course veers a little. Momentum picks up, and suddenly you realize that you are on a different trajectory. Once again there is major change in our home. I can think of only one other time in my history when I was as focused and made choices based on what was authentic and true for me. Once before I stepped off the beaten path, changed direction, and sought authenticity. That was over a decade ago when I stepped out of my life as a minister, and through a methodical search and prayerful consideration, chose to become an Orthodox Jewish woman. While I have had wistful moments now and then, I have never regretted the choice to assume my Jewish identity. The going has not always been sweet and romantic, far from it. But I definitely made the correct choice. I cannot imagine living any other way.
Once again I have made a choice which has taken a lot of consideration and thought. Once again I am focusing on following my heart, and doing it methodically and with prayer. HOWEVER, lest you think this choice is some drastic life altering change, relax. Maybe it is drastic and life altering, but not in the same way that my conversion was. I have decided to start a business. I’ve written about it in recent blogs. I am writing about my “dream” now because I am really starting to make things happen and it is exciting. So, here is where I stand today:
- I have finally been admitted into graduate school. Financial aid is in place. I have registered for my first class, and text books are ordered. School for me begins the week of July 12. Three or four years from now, I will test for my license as a clinical mental health counselor.
- I received the offer of employment today. Low wage, but the work is perfect for me at this point in time, and fits in the plan. I will be assisting the Rehab person at an assisted living facility. This is a low stress job–I am not a supervisor or manager. YET, I will be working with some really neat people in a helping profession. My energy can be directed to school and my business. Cool, huh.
- I have created my first line of inspirational note cards with plans to start selling them by the holidays. There are still a few kinks to iron out, but I am ready to start on a small-scale.
- I have started another blog on another website, testing the water for my business site which I hope to get set up by year’s end. There is a possibility that this new blog will generate some money. I’m just experimenting while it still does not cost me anything. When I get my business website, I plan to move my blogs there, to sell my photography and note cards, and to offer inspirational blogs on a daily basis. (An E book is even a possibility a year or two down the road.)
The five-year plan is to become a licensed Mental Health Counselor, hang out my shingle, to work with people face-to-face, and start an online counseling and therapy practice. Online counseling is a new field, but I’ve already joined a professional group that is in the process of defining the ethics, laws, licensing, etc. Everything will happen through my web page: the counseling business, inspirational coaching and direction, inspirational cards, fine art photography, even things such as mugs and tee shirts, etc. are not out of the question.
What happened to trigger this flurry of dreaming and activity? Well, I’ve had a year and a half of unemployment to “ruminate.” (I think I alluded to that in an earlier blog.) When the time was right, everything fell into place. The vision was complete, and it was reasonable and doable. The point when this all came together, the knowing what I was to do, occurred when I was making Mother’s Day cards. That is the moment when I was able to see how all the pieces fit: art, writing, counseling. Once the “picture” was in place, I made the choice to DO! Just do it! No one was knocking down my door to hire me. I was weary of conducting a job search every time we moved, and every move being determined by my husband’s job. Now I have a business plan, a career that will go with me wherever we live. It is not dependent on location. Once I decided, action steps came naturally. The result? I’m enrolled in school, got a job, started a business. I’m looking forward to the next five years! and beyond….
Richard is fantastic with all of this. He amazes me with encouraging words. He believes in me. Every woman should be so blessed. So, we are moving forward with this plan. I am happy to share this with you, and hope you will continue to follow us on this journey.
My questions to you: When life hands you lemons, what kind of lemonade can you make? Are you in a rut? If so, what can you do to climb out of that rut? Do you have a secret dream, a talent, something you are afraid to talk about but would love to do? How can you make that dream realistic, practical, doable? What do you need to do to live your dream? (Forgive me for sounding so hokey….but… well, what do you need to do?)
I look forward to hearing about your dreams. Please feel free to leave a comment.