I remember being asked this question when I was kid even though I don’t recall what answer I gave to the inquiring adult. Yet, thinking back when I was 5 or 6 I wanted to be a nurse. I had visited a hospital not long after I had started school and seen all the babies who were sick and I decided I wanted to save them.
I discovered early on that blood was involved, so nursing was quickly crossed off the list. I decided I wanted to be a model instead, it was a lot less messy. Then, I wanted to be famous. I had singing lessons and it became apparent that wouldn’t be such a great idea so I tried dancing and even though I still love both these things to this day…I can say with hand on heart, your eyes and ears have been saved.
Then I got serious and wanted to be an artist. A painter. An interior designer. An events manager. A florist. A lingerie designer. A stylist. A fashion designer. An accountant. A boss. A lawyer etc. etc.
The list was exhaustive and the more I felt pressured to stuff myself into a neat little box the more confused I got until I ended up a DIY Queen.
I could run a business, do the accounts, read legislation, write employment contracts, paint a picture for your new house, and sew up a pair of knickers all while singing you a lullaby and busting out a few hip-hop moves (exhausting and difficult to explain!).
So you can imagine my surprise when I skipped up our driveway this week and announced to my man friend “you know what…I love what I do, it feels so exciting and it’s my thing…I think it’s always been my thing!” He laughed and said “so now you know what you want to do when you grow up!”
“YES I DO!!!”
I was often hired to find out why things weren’t working, whether it was a private detective investigating fraud, a business with production issues or a retail store who wanted to know why people weren’t buying a particular product.
Turns out, I see things others are not able to see, I give them clarity and solutions that work…fast. I love it!
If you’re like other women I’ve spoken to recently, you might be confused about what your thing is so I’ve put together a few simple questions to ask yourself that will help gain some clarity.
These 7 Questions will be useful in helping you decide what your next move is, what your new business/career is, or even help create a shift in mindset so you can focus more on what you enjoy (after all that’s why we’re here).
1. What fire’s you up?
2. What do you love to do both professionally and personally?
3. What things do others recommend you for?
4. What kind of people do you enjoy being around?
5. What are your favourite activities?
6. What’s your favourite time of day?
7. What environments do you prefer?
No matter where you are at with work, life and everything in between, just know that we are all on an evolutionary journey and none of this stuff stays the same. If you want something different, then you can have it, but first be clear on what lights you up and be sure to incorporate it into every single day.