“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”
I always heard from different adults, when I was growing up, that if you find something you love to do, you will never work a day in your life. It took me almost 11 years to figure that out for myself and I couldn’t be happier.
Those of you who know me, know that I have been working since I was 16 years old and that the majority of my jobs were focused around the fast food industry. I can tell you from personal experience that that was definitely not something that I loved to do, but it gave me a work ethic and paid the bills – what’s more important than that? The answer to that is my happiness and sanity.
During the years that I was working, I was also in school full-time. I started in high school and continued to work throughout college, while I was studying to be a teacher (another thing I thought for sure would make me happy), but that I can go into in another blog. I worked in a few different restaurants and even was part of a management team. I have always been a leader rather than a follower, but even that situation was not made for me.
Even once I began working in a school, I still wasn’t completely happy – now I know I haven’t experienced having a classroom of my own (and maybe I never will). While working in the school, I have held at one point in time, 5 jobs at once… I know I’m nuts for doing it, but I was trying to make ends meet and I couldn’t sit still. Mostly because I wasn’t happy and if I sat for too long without being busy, I would dwell on the fact that I was absolutely miserable with life. All I did was WORK and believe me it was just that…work. That isn’t to say that I didn’t meet some amazing people and learn a lot over time, but it wasn’t for me. So after 6 years in my previous job, I decided to make a post on Facebook stating that I needed a summer job (I still continue to sub) and I didn’t give much information behind what I wanted. I was honestly open to anything outside of the food industry.
Within hours I heard from the owner of Hickory Hollow Campground. We had been friends on Facebook for year, seeing as though I work at the Haunted Hollow that is owned by the same people. He then offered me a job and let me tell you what… it is the best job I’ve ever had by far (and obviously I’ve had a lot.) If you follow the facebook page or any other platforms you can see what I do (I also explain a little bit in my camping video which you can watch here). But in all honesty, I couldn’t be happier with what I am doing! I now only work 2 jobs during the week (the other is at a local salon as a receptionist part time) and I will continue to sub during the school year. Who knows though, I may be going in a completely different direction from teaching though too. Stay tuned for that in a different blog… hint hint.
I must say though, I am much happier than I was in the past. I am working on a better me and figuring out what I want to do for the rest of my life seemed like the best part to start with. So here’s my advice to you – do you, do what makes you happy, don’t settle for anything less than you deserve, even when it comes to a job. There are so many options out there and you never know what will fall into your lap.
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xo miss teacup