Another year is coming to a close, and what a year 2020 has been. Climate change, social unrest, political upheaval, economic turmoil, and last but certainly not least a widespread global pandemic! My goodness, who have thought that the majority of 365 days would encompass so much uncertainty and discourse?
Because our lives were forced to change, we focused on the gift of each new day, embracing opportunities to grow wiser and live smarter. For the first time in recent years the world stopped its routine busy-ness and started paying closer attention to the things that matter most like family, health, and general well-being. For the first time, we started to see others, like really pay attention to our fellow brothers and sisters. Yes, 2020 will be remembered for many things, dare I say, the reality of who we are as individuals lies at the top of the memory list.
Beyond the obvious impacts of this past year, 2020 has been the year for dreamers. Countless new homebased businesses were started, many of us dusted off our vision boards to revisit hopes and desires that had long been abandoned.
Some found the courage to try something new, learn a new skill or trade. Others found innovative ways to and set their path towards a beautiful new future. We learned how to invest our money and become empowered to break the chains of lack and poverty and we found new roads to financial freedom by building wealth.
Dare to Dream
At the top of 2020, I dared to dream of the opportunity to use my education to use in a role that would impact the world. I'd just finished grad school, earning my Masters Degree in Natural Resources. I hoped that this would open doors for me to make a positive mark on environmental justice by working with social responsibility in the corporate world.
Why even attempt to transition into this scary unchartered territory known as Corporate America? After all, I am writer for goodness sake. My true passions are music, art, travel and occasionally wine. In my heart I am an entertainer. Why not just do what comes easiest? Why challenge myself to start over in a new career? A multitude of questions swirled around inside my head.
Pastor/Author, John C. Maxell once said, "dreams don't work unless you do."
Obsessed with the notion to believe that I could in fact start this new career. I had the professional and educations experience to do the work. All I needed was the opportunity. Everything changed when COVID-19 happened.
On the one hand this global pandemic painted a perfect picture to support the need for companies to hire someone focused on sustainability and positive social impact. On the other hand, this new normal of living in a socially distanced world was unpredictable. The very nature of the work I studied and trained for was at the forefront of necessity but also on the back burner for most businesses. Truthfully, businesses were forced to prioritize their focus on simply maintaining their operations.
Try Something New
Needless to say, I did not land my dream job in 2020. I am not a one-trick pony. There is no rule in life that says you have to be and do one thing. Despite the way our world is portrayed in mainstream media, we are living in the arguably the best of times. With technology at our fingertips, we can go anywhere, learn almost everything, and be just about anything.
Being forced to quarantine at home because of COVID-19 restrictions, gave way to a boatload of new possibilities. Everyday living at its usual pace of back n forth mindless hours sitting in traffic going back and forth to work, and taking little things like toilet paper for granted, all too soon was no longer the way of life for many of us.
If you are not considered a first responder or front line worker, likely you are like me. You suddenly had a lot of extra time to spare. I used this newfound gift of free time to revisit writing the novel I started a couple of years ago, plant vegetables and flowers in my garden, learn more about investing in real estate and the stock market, and explore new business opportunities.
Over the last few months I have honed in on my natural talents and interests. I put attention to the details of the "Yes, that Girl!" enterprise creating branches around the things I enjoy, like travel, food & wine, fitness, writing, creative arts, and coffee. All of which have aspects that I intend to share with you in the coming new year.
It's ok to Color Outside the Lines
When one door closes, sometimes you have to build your own building so the doors belong to you. Maybe 2020 did not paint the perfect picture of what we thought life would be. Guess what, you own the canvas of your life. It's ok to color outside the lines - you may just create the next great masterpiece!
The only limits we have exist inside our own minds. With balance and determination you can be many things, it all starts with a dream. What is yours?
There is so much to be grateful for from this past year. Let today be the day that you affirm or reaffirm your decision to say YES! to living the life of purpose you were created for. Dreams don't work unless you do! Keep the faith, you've got work to do!
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