Some might say that 41.5 years old is a bit late to be thinking about this…
…but seeing as I’m still figuring it out, I’m going to share some of my recent journey with you.
I have been pondering this whole question of careers and planning and what to do with myself for some time, but for reasons I can’t easily pinpoint, it has gained urgency in recent weeks.
Maybe it’s Spring energy, maybe it’s to do with being over three years in my job, maybe it’s something in the chocolate… whatever it is, it’s made it jolly hard to write blog posts! I’m hoping sharing this will clear my head…
Anyway, with this increased urgency, I’ve found myself browsing the ‘transform your life’ sections of my local library, and reading up on entrepreneurship and business and all sorts. My
morning afternoon page habit has also come in very handy. I find writing is a good way for me to mull things over, so I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and journalling and dreaming and pondering and exploring ideas.
I do now have some ideas about avenues I want to explore. I’m seeing a return to some childhood dreams and interests, and an acceptance of what hasn’t worked as I hoped in more recent years (yes, I’m looking at you, Etsy!) Ecology and geography is calling to me; crafting a living, less so.
I’ve also discovered that there is an ‘official’ title for how I’ve ended up living my career.
Apparently, it’s not a haphazard-jumble-of-accidental-creativity-from-which-an-income-may-appear, but a ‘portfolio career‘. Now I know there are other jumbles like me out there, I’m quite literally reading the book to find out how I can do this more coherently and deliberately. There is a risk of LinkedIn membership!
There is also a risk, I hope, of being able to follow my heart, my head and my guts to an even more satisfying future.
So, here are my tips for fellow journeyers:
- Ransack your local library and browse everything – your borrowing record may go haywire, but it will help you narrow down your likes and dislikes.
- Look after yourself – this is work you are doing. Try to eat healthy and move your body and drink plenty (I have a growing addiction to herbal and green teas!) Eat some chocolate, too ;)
- Give yourself some time off – this is work you are doing and you can’t do it all the time. Go do something ‘silly’ or ‘wasteful’ (like my Plants vs Zombies habit), take a brain break, and then see what fresh ideas rise to the surface.
- Listen to your body – Gala Darling suggests a useful way of figuring out how your body works: play some music you loathe, then some music you love. See how your body reacts to each, then use this knowledge to help assess ideas and options. It can be surprising what shows up.
- Inspiration can come from unlikely sources – chance comments or random Facebook posts are valid sources of inspiration and ideas. So are blogs, books, TV shows, and conversations with friends…
If you are journeying through this too, I’d love to hear from you (especially any bright ideas for figuring this stuff out!) There’s no need to walk this path alone :)