Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Dream Job.

Just going to post an inspiring article I received & saved in my mail almost 3 years ago. (Yep, I'm a sucker for these things. When something really good comes in, I just save it in my inbox... Oh bless you gmail for all that storage space!)

Top 10 Reasons Why You Must Have Your Dream Job
By Joel Garfinkle

1. Allows You To Be Your True Self All of The Time
It takes a tremendous amount of energy to step into a false persona for work and not be your true self. Your dream job will enable you to not be "Jekyll and Hyde" but will allow you to be your true self at all times and not waste energy.

2. Fits Into Your Life
Your dream job will integrate perfectly into your lifestyle and will fit you wonderfully. It will feel like a natural part of you and will not hinder your life and other aspects of your life (family, hobbies, interests, etc.). This does not mean that there will not be times when your job will interfere with your life - that is something that will happen. But a dream job will interfere with the rest of your life significantly less than other jobs. For example, your dream job may offer you flex-time so that you can work at home at times to spend time with your family. You will still have to work but it will offer you more flexibility and more of what you want.

3. Incorporates Your Values
A dream job will have the same values as you and will not ask you to embrace values that do not resonate with you or to go against your beliefs. If you have a concern for the environment, for example, your dream job will not ask you to be involved with toxic waste dumping.

4. Allows Your To Tap Into Your Unique Gifts
Everyone has different gifts and qualities - your dream job will allow you to tap into your unique gift and express it fully. You'll notice that work will feel more effortless due to the use of your gifts and you'll begin to notice the impact you're having on all that you touch.

5. Gives You Energy Instead of Draining You
You feel energized by your job instead of drained and exhausted by it. You look forward to it and embrace every part of it. You start to notice that you have energy for other things both in and outside of work. Having more energy has the benefit of helping you to become more creative and enthusiastic. Imagine the possibilities when you harness all the energy that will fill you.

6. Enables You To Align With Your Passion and Do What You Love
There is an ease that comes with cultivating your passion. You'll feel as if you're coming to your true home and doing what you're meant to do in this lifetime. As you do what you love, you realize your purpose is being fulfilled and you feel satisfied and comfortable.

7. Helps You To Make a Difference to Something You Believe In
It enables you to feel good about giving to your job knowing that you are making a difference in some way and your unique talents and gifts are being used to bring about change to something that is important to you.

8. Is Enjoyable & Doesn't Seem Like Work
You wake up every day excited about going to work instead of dreading it. You can have fun at work and feel happy about doing your job. You might find yourself asking "Do I really get paid to do this work? It feels more like a hobby than a job."

9. Follows Your Wants Instead of Your Shoulds
You listen to your intuition and your heart instead of your rational mind and/or what society and others think you "should" do. As you listen to what you want, you begin to know yourself more clearly. The rest of your life starts to rearrange itself around who you truly are and not who you were supposed to be.

10. Fulfills You
You feel a sense of completion. The work you do, how you do it, and the responsibilities and roles all come together in a way that makes you feel satisfied. You know the work you are doing is having impact and you are truly serving your purpose.

Posted this years ago & I am still on that winding road to finding my own. Why is it so difficult to go after our dreams in life? We know what we want and yet we always put our 'special' plans on hold, having a million and one excuses for it. (sigh)

I've made a list of things I've always wanted to do:
  1. Yoga instructor - This tops my list because I've always wanted to pursue this, not only as a career choice, but as a lifestyle choice. This is Monica wanting to transcend her being & afflict others while at it. Good karma I say! You can't imagine the research I've put into finding yoga schools all over the world. In fact, I've filled up one or two applications but never got the chance to go. I don't know why.
  2. Flight Attendant - Travel has always and will always be in my heart. The flower child in me yearns for this freedom. Again, I do not know why I didn't go for this. Was it for love? Oh, the choices we make. Different paths lead to different priorities, or vice-versa? Hmm....
  3. Photographer - My passion for photography started in college class which lead me to a part-time job in Picture Company at the Powerplant mall. I should have continued on but instead, resigned because I had to concentrate on my thesis. Then never pursued again. Bummer.
  4. Make-up artist - I love fashion & beauty in general. At the tender age of three, I remember watching my mom put make-up & clothes on. I'd secretly draw on my eyes with her black eyeliner & walk around in her red pumps when she'd leave. Up to this day, whenever I go out, it's the 'getting ready for the event' which I love the most & not the event itself. Uh-huh, I also inquired in a Manila-based make-up school while I was still working at my first job. Yup, you guessed right! No follow through with this either.
  5. Travel Writer - For the same reasons as dream job no.2 :P
There are more, believe me! But these five dream jobs I always go back to time & again.

So, here I am taking that leap of faith. I'm going after one of them listed above. In October, I will be taking a Basic Hair & Make-up course in Center for Aesthetic Studies in Frank Provost, Jupiter. Woohoo!

What about my baby? I will be pumping milk like a cow in a farm, leave my precious pumped milk with my mom
who will babysit for me 4 hours a day, 3 times a week for 2 months.

Grandparents are simply grand! :)

 -Made font small because this never happened. -written Jan 23, 2009

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