In October of 2014, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of having a book published. Based on the work we had been doing, my co-author and I wrote a book with the intention of helping women create happy and satisfying lives. Pinch me!
I think the reason I know the absolute joy of that accomplishment in my career is that I've also experienced the flip side of the coin. I worked for years in a series of jobs that left me feeling unmotivated, uninspired and, at times, just plain unhappy.
Not long after I had my first child, though, I realized I just couldn't do it anymore, and, I made the leap. I'm not saying it's all been rosy. I've made sacrifices (regular paychecks and paid benefits come to mind) but I can tell you without a doubt that doing something that makes me feel like I'm contributing has made all the difference in my life.
I hope this tidbit finds you working hard at something worth doing. If not, just know that it's absolutely possible. You may need to find the worthwhile part in your current job. Or you may choose to make baby steps toward a new career. Either way, I'm rooting for you. I'm not promising all sunshine and rainbows but I do think President Roosevelt was on to something.
One client cleaned out her garage and some well-paying work she'd been hoping for suddenly arrived. A friend went through her closet with a critical eye and was rewarded with an unexpected gift card to her favorite clothing store. And, it seems like every time I take the time to go through my files, I get a fun out-of-the-blue assignment or a great new client.
Sometimes the aftereffects aren't as exciting, of course, but even if the only reward is less clutter, isn't that pretty great? This week, schedule an hour or two to show that clutter who is boss. You never know what else could come your way as a result.