I am a newer life coach in the process of building my business, so keeping a 9-to-5 is crucial to the financial well-being of my family, at least for now. Because I work for a religious organization, I don’t receive the kinds of benefits I would if I still worked in corporate America. As much as there are things about my job I don’t want to give up (flexibility, my own office, autonomy, etc.), I know I need to find something that’s going to do a better job of taking care of my needs. So, here’s my conundrum: I don’t want another job like the one I have. So, what now??
I am 95% creative spirit and 5% administrative cog. Unfortunately, it is way easier to find an administrative than creative job at my (advanced!) age, and after all these years, I’m good at it. I am experienced. I know what I’m doing. I have a plethora of common sense. I am very knowledgeable about the ins and outs of doing what I do. Problem is, I have no passion for it any more.
My gift is for counseling and life coaching. The reason I’m good at that is because I know how to get out of the way and let the Spirit take the lead (“Jesus, take the wheel!” LOL) Also, in my heart of hearts, I am a writer. My daydreams are filled with visions of the printed page. Seriously. I am a total word junkie. They should have a 12-step program for people like me. Now that I think about it, I have more word related apps on my phone than I would consider normal. My iPhone is filled with apps for crossword puzzles, word games, books, newspapers, a dictionary, languages, a translator and a Bible app that I use for comparing and contrasting various versions. I’ve got it bad!
I have so many words in my head that need to make it onto paper, but the only thing I’m more passionate about than writing and mentoring, is being a good parent. Part of that is being a provider, right? So, work I must. What does that mean for the creative spirit trapped in the administrative office? What now, people? What now? I’ll tell you what now:
For now, I will keep working and keep writing. I will do what I have to for as long as I have to, but these two parts of my life will have to coexist until my passion can make mortgage payments and buy groceries. I will keep volunteering because its a lot easier to do what you are called to do when you’re not asking to be paid. I get to write (I’m corresponding secretary and marketing chair for a local non-profit), and I get to coach and counsel (I volunteer with young people and do some public speaking engagements for youth and women’s groups). What great opportunities to grow and gain knowledge about myself and my gifts!
It is my job as a life coach to help people find their passion and purpose in life. I am trained on how to get to those truths and help individuals sculpt that information into a life path. Lives don’t transition over night, but knowing is fundamental to doing. Doing is fundamental to growth, and that leads to change.
What now? Make little changes you can sustain. Be mindful about why you make the choices you make. Be open to opportunities to use your gifts. Be fully present for the “what now” in your daily life.
Peace and blessings to you. May you be soul to soul with someone today.