One late evening, huddled in my sister’s TV room, my sisters and I took advantage of the fact that the guys were out helping a neighbor look for a lost dog to turn on Eat Pray Love.
Not having read the book or even done much more than watch the previews, I didn’t really have too many expectations. The story was a bit eh, the food scenes were mouthwatering, and the whole was somewhat entertaining. Nevertheless I walked away with a couple thoughts that kept working at me.
The first was, what’s my word?
You know, the one word you’d use to represent you.
Vanessa had a surprisingly quick answer, but me, I drew a blank.
My first answer, “writer,” was stripped from me with the injunction that the word couldn’t be what you do. It had to represent who you are. I tried to argue that for me they are one and the same, but stony stares shut me up.
So I noodled. I thought. I pondered. And I finally came up with “Guide.”
I am a guide. It’s who I am. I guide my friends. I guide my husband. I guide my girls. And at times I even find myself guiding my coworkers.
And the thing is, I love being that person. I love being able to help people find their path.
Yesterday I attended a mother’s group talk that was led by a Life/Career Coach. I listened to her talk and realized that what I do for free, she does for a living. And that I could do it too.
That realization was quickly followed by utter frustration, because seriously, just how many careers can one person undertake in one lifetime? I’m a novelist/writer. I’m a social media marketer. Both of those things are already quite time consuming. Where would I possibly fit a third full time career? Between the hours of 3 and 5 am? I don’t think that would quite work.
I shoved the notion out of my head, but it kept creeping back in. I’m a guide. It’s who I am. Why can’t it also be what I do?
But I’m also passionate about social media and about writing. I’m passionate about the entrepreneurs I interview for my monthly column. I’m passionate about my novel. I don’t want to give all that up, to walk away from all the work I’ve put into those fields.
After much more thought I think I’ve found a way I could combine it all. It sounds so right in my head and it makes so much sense on paper. I could train as a Life/Career Coach and apply what I learn to my social media world. I could coach others along their social media careers. I could also coach budding entrepreneurs, helping them get past the first painful hurdles.
I’ve always struggled with my decision to stay involved in social media. Unlike many I don’t have a concrete career goal in that field. But this? This feels like it could be the reason I’ve been doing this for so long. And it could be a way for me to keep doing what I love while still being true to who I am.