My Life’s Major Direction List
In her blog post ‘What to Write Today That Will Change Your Life Tomorrow,’ Carol Tice inspired me to make a ‘Major Direction List’ for my life. The idea for this list comes from a speech made by Bob’s Red Mill founder Bob Miller at the July 2013 World Domination Summit.
Non-Profit Professional and Liaison – I have worked for non-profit organizations for the last 10 years. My career started in a large non-profit, where I gained much valuable knowledge, including the realization that my life goals are best served working with smaller non-profits. The satisfaction of making more of a difference is much greater in a smaller organization. In addition, when working with a smaller organization or community, the opportunity to network and liaison is greater. My goal is to facilitate cooperation between non-profits in order to fill needs, increase resources, and strengthen the impact of their missions by helping each other. Eventually, I hope to complete a Master’s in Non-Profit Management and Development.
Author! Author! – I write because I must. I even dream about writing. However, if I write but never do anything with it, seems rather sad. My goal, then, is to write and write well, and do something with it. My goal is to brand myself as a children’s author. My current hero is Mo Willems, and if I can be anything close to his creative genius, then I will quite satisfied. I will also pimp myself out for any good-paying job in order to build my platform. I will also make a point to enter more contests, which may or may not result in satisfaction.
Philanthropreneur – Ultimately, combining business and non-profit. In my case, combining my experience in writing and/or retail to benefit organizations that are well operated and have the potential to make a significant positive impact or are doing so already, but have the opportunity for growth. Whether it be making an hourly wage, a portion of sales, or volunteering in order to make new connections and learn more. Hey, free education! I would eventually like to donate a portion of my book sales to non-profits that relate in some way to a particular book. I’m also playing with the idea of a publishing company with this mission.
More in line with a life ‘goal’ than ‘direction’ would be:
Be Happy with Myself – This one is hard. I’m a workaholic, so I never feel as if I’ve ‘done enough’ or have been ‘busy enough.’ Depression and anxiety are also constant companions of mine, and learning to live with them and in spite of them, is a daily challenge. It’s also a blessing in that it allows me to relate to others with the same or similar struggles, and reach out to them. I have been blessed to volunteer for Love, Inc. in my hometown and mentor others and assist individuals find their way out of a low point or struggle in their life. Because of my struggles, I can relate to the challenges others face. I’m not perfect, I’m just me, but I can try to be the best me possible, and not beat myself up emotionally when I fall short.