Just a note of encouragement to keep plugging away as I know many of us are working our way to finding the work we love around family commitments, working our "daytime" jobs, etc.
Similar to many of you, I found Dan Miller through Dave Ramsey. At the time, my family was full of fear over me losing my totally secure job that I loved when the clinic I worked for closed after 30+ years of practice. We were in the process of getting out of debt and dealing with some medical issues with our son - losing my job was the last thing I ever expected and it was scary. Thanks to following the plan laid out in Dan's book 48 Days to the Work You Love, even though it was during a downturned economy, I had several job offers and landed a higher paying job with a prestigious corporation.
After entering the corporation world, while the people were nice, I quickly discovered it wasn't "my gig" even though I longed to be content and just accept the "normal" as everyone else around me seemingly was doing. While I tried to set aside the feelings of unrest, I came to embrace the reality that God was gently nudging me to move forward into another direction that I have never imagined was available or possible. Suddenly the “stuff” Dan talked about on his weekly show prompted me to join 48day.net as I wanted to know more about this “purpose and passion type of work.”
Oh my gosh, 48days.net was unlike any community I had ever been a part of. The people were amazing and I couldn't believe how passionate they were about not only finding their own success, but also helping others find their own success.
Even though we were scraping by and counting EVERY penny, just 2 months after joining 48days.net, we made it a priority to attend Dan's September 2011 Write to the Bank conference. It was there that I met the most incredible people in person including folks like Dan Miller, Joanne Miller, Ashley Logsdon, Nathan Logsdon, Pierce Marrs, Sutton Parks, Kent Julian, etc. (I sat in the front row and pretty much wore Dan out with ALL my endless questions).
Fast forward 34 months and I can’t tell you how many blessings our family has received as opportunities have sprung up all around us. The experience has allowed us to write 3 Amazon top 100 books (after being teased as a kid and an adult for my AWFUL grammar and spelling) as well as to booking 4 figure talks after stumbling over saying the word "hi" in front of a group of people not that long ago. This all being done while being a full-time working mom to four that had a 2 hour daily commute!
In addition, I am really, really excited to share that today I was able to put in my 2 week notice to my energy draining j.o.b.
It is so freeing to be running to something I love versus running away from something I hated. While I am grateful for having gotten to experience the corporate life as it served a wonderful purpose in helping my family pay off over $212,000 worth of debt and medical expenses in four years (as well as helped me discover what I did NOT want), I can't tell you how beyond joyful I am to be making the transition into fulfilling my purpose (which is to encourage, inspire, and motivate people to overcome adversity in order to live out an incredible life) through my roles as a motivational storyteller, author, coach, and connector WHILE being able to help support our family.
48Days.net Gang: It is with a sincere heart that I say thank you to this wonderful community as you have been such an incredible blessing in all the support, help and encouragement you have graciously shared. I am grateful to so many of the friendships made here.
Kent Julian: Thank you for keeping your promise you made in September 2011 when I demanded you “look into my eyes and tell me I can do this.” It just goes to prove that if I can do this stuff, anyone can. Thank you for not only your friendship and incredible coaching, but also for our encouragement and belief in helping me “see” and experience that this stuff can really be done even while struggling with issues around confidence, belief, fear, etc.
Dan Miller and Family: Wow, words can’t express enough how absolutely grateful and blessed my family is for your encouragement, teachings, mentorship, and friendship. You have blessed my family more than I can ever express. The time and effort you have graciously shared is beyond measurable. You make us see what we can’t always see and I admire you for so much including your leadership, integrity, “smartness”, your kindness, sense of adventure, and willingness to coach/teach with excellence. Thank you in helping me discover how to find the value in me to be able to help others. Thank you doesn’t quite seem adequate, but please know I type this with sincere tears of gratitude. Thank you!
For those that are on the journey with me – whether you are ahead or behind, keep trudging forward even when you get caught up in fear, insecurity, or lack of confidence as it is possible to find not only your purpose and passion, but to find the work you love when you take baby steps forward. Don't Quet (Don't quit).