Ever since I graduated college in May, I have been a basket case (to say the least). I feel like I'm in a weird place in my life...a place where I am waiting. And not patiently waiting but more of a "what the heck am I supposed to do with my life now" kind of waiting. After talking to a few people, I realize that these feelings are normal post-college.
Of course I want to choose a career that makes me successful.
A stable career. But I also want to follow my heart. I want to wake up every day (okay let's be realistic...most days) excited to go to work. I've been on the hunt for what I am passionate about. My plan was to go to grad school in January for Elementary Education. I've tried my best to pump myself up about it.
But I still felt like something was missing. The passion wasn't there. I talked to Adam about it a few weeks ago and he challenged me. He told me that I should stop fighting it and go after my high school dream. We both knew what he was referring to...event planning.
Event planning has been my passion since I can remember. I love planning, organizing, managing, directing, etc. I'm good at it; I'm in the zone when I'm doing it. I worked at a special events venue on the weekends while I was in high school. That is where my love for event planning sparked. When I was moving I found a box of old letters from Adam. I read one in particular that tugged at my heart. He wrote, "I want to be your Landon. I want to support you in your dream to become a wedding planner."
The first part "I want to be your Landon" is talking about the character from the movie A Walk to Remember. Awww, right? ;) And then the second part. Adam knows that event planning is what makes me come alive. He also knows that I've been terrified to pursue it, because it's not a "stable" career when you're first starting out. He's always pushed me toward it, and I've always made excuses. But he still knew that's where my passion was.
Well you know what I did? I took a leap. I emailed a few event planning companies in my area asking if they had any open spots for an intern to come in and get some hands on experience. I didn't know any of these people, but I knew that I had to put myself out there. And you know what? I heard back from quite a few of the people that I contacted.
I had an interview last week with an event decor company. I was interviewed for an intern position, which they hope can turn into a full time position eventually. I was also invited to an inspiration photo shoot (it's actually going on today!) with another company (an event planning company) and then to meet with the owner of that company for coffee this Friday. Guys! Look at all of these opportunities that are arising just because I took a leap of faith and went for my dreams!
Success won't happen overnight, but taking small steps each day will get you where you want to be. I promise! Here is to squishing fear under my feet and giving my all to go after my dreams.
Here is a a look at what I wore to the interview last week :)
Did you do anything last week that required you to take a leap of faith? I want to read about it :)
I'm not making today's post a "link up" since it's the return of Smell the Roses. But if you do a Smell the Roses post this week leave me a link in a comment, and I'll come check it out!