My 9 year old daughter is convinced she will be famously successful one day - whether for her art, singing or cooking. She doesn't say "if", she says "when". She can see it in her mind - it's within her reach.
In our youth we are unintimidated - we are bold and we are hopeful.
Similar to my daughter I had lofty goals and dreams in my youth too, and even after I met and married my husband many of our dreams merged together and we maintained our hope and excitement for what we knew we could carry out in our lives that would soon be one.
But just as many of you, life barged in on us and took over.
Before long we were dealing with sickness, death, brokenness, little children, a fledgling business, more bills than money and a general feeling of overwhelm. Actually, it was more than being overwhelmed, we were defeated. Those dreams were shelved and replaced with survival.
I want to live a life that has purpose. I want to know if what I'm doing is what I'm SUPPOSED to do. I want to know that my life has meaning. I want to know that my life will have an impact.
Do you ever feel this way?
I want to know, but HOW do I know? How does we know what our life's work is - or dare I refer to it as a calling? "
This is an idea I come back to often. I started thinking about this as a young teen, toying with the idea of a destiny. Do I have one? I knew I wanted to have a life that was more than day-to-day. I wanted to make an impact, I wanted to help people. I wanted my life to have and bring meaning.
Recently we have spent time rebuilding what we lost through the struggles that weaved their way into our story in those early years of our marriage - time, money, stability, feeling, hope. And the farther we get from the pain and struggle that overwhelmed our first days and the more our spirits have healed and begun to breathe again - I have started to feel it.
The consistent, rhythmic beating of dreams.
Funny thing happens when one starts a blog - and has a Facebook page attached to that blog...Every. Single. Sponsored. Ad. Is geared towards you and your blog and your business.
It's overwhelming actually. But instead of succumbing to the smothering I've kept a little list of names that keep popping up - people that are successful, people I can learn something from. The very first name that caught my attention was Jeff Goins, I read a few things that I liked and ultimately purchased a digital version of his book The Art of Work when he offered an amazing deal that I couldn't pass up.
I can't tell you how thankful I am for those Facebook ads and the deal he offered on his book! My husband and I are trying to read more, so at night we lay with our noses buried in our books (he a sports book and me borrowing my daughter's sticker-clad Kindle). I'm sure I got fairly annoying as I kept turning to him and saying "you have to read this book!".
So many of Jeff's words speak right to where I am today. He talks about what it means to find your life's work, a calling, a purpose - make your work your passion and you will undoubtedly leave a legacy. This is the stuff our conversations used to be full of and the stuff we are trying to unbury now, and this book tells you how to find it. And surprisingly, not how you'd think.
Grab yourself a copy here. I promise you won't view work the same way ever again.