Crossroads of Should & Must


A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Amazon saying that I had a free $35 gift card that would expire within a week. I keep a Bullet Journal (BEST THING EVER) and one of the pages is populated with a list of books I'd like to read. Typically, I go for dystopian post-apocalyptic YA novels or funny autobiographies, but someone had recommended I read 'The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion' by Elle Luna, so I decided to buy it.

It's a fairly quick read and I usually burn through books so fast that I barely remember them the next day, so I read this within a couple of hours. It's illustrated and has a ton of activities it recommends you perform to find your "must" (or calling), so it really engaged me and I haven't been able to stop thinking about this since.

While career-wise I don't think I'm doing something totally opposite to my passions, there's areas I could improve on. So I did as the book recommended and called my mom to ask her about what I was like when I was little, to see if I've kept any of my innate personality traits and youthful passions.

According to her, I was:

-creative

-musical

-artistic

-friendly

-outgoing

-caring

-like an old lady stuck in a kid's body

I don't think I've changed all that much.

The book also asked me to list people who's careers I would like to have. Now THAT was an eye opener. I used to work in fashion and beauty marketing and now I work in healthcare marketing. While my job is great, stable and allows me the opportunity to be creative and establish innovative strategies, the industry itself is so far off from what to me seems like the ideal career.

Ideal careers for me:

-Head of a fashion/beauty/lifestyles publication (digital, preferably)

-Lifestyle brand creator (think Martha Stewart, with a lot less jail time)

I know, I'm thinking BIG, but I come from a household with crazy successful parents who have pretty much accomplished everything they have set their minds to do in their careers. I have large shoes to fill, people.

I don't know what the immediate future holds for my career and I'm comfortable staying where I am for a while, but I do hope that this blog will help lead me in the right direction.