public speaking

I created my new job!

Fort Collins Chiropractors

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A few weeks ago I was telling my awesome chiropractor that I was looking for a job. He told me to come in for an interview, and to be honest I wasn’t that excited. The idea of scheduling appointments didn’t fit in with any of my job ideals I wrote about in the post If I write it, it will come. I went for the interview anyway because you should never turn down an offer.

As soon as he started talking about what he needs, and I started talking about what I’m good at and what I want to do, we came up with a job that’s perfect for me. I am now the Director of Public Relations for his office! Fancy title, but really I’m setting up workshops, creating partnerships with neighboring businesses, networking with current patients, and monitoring our online presence.

After my first week on the new job, I looked back at my If I write it, it will come post, and I realized I’ve met most of my goals. I never thought I would want a job in PR, but it fits exactly what I wrote,

I want a job that intimidates me. Every day there’s something new to learn and there’s room to grow. I work with a team of energetic, passionate people and there’s always a long-term goal in mind. There’s something new to do every day, and I have some flexibility on my responsibilities and my schedule. I’m very good at noticing what needs to be improved so I would like the authority to be able to make changes. I’m great at organizing people and motivating them, so I would like to be managing several people, but I don’t need to do that right away. I actually enjoy giving presentations and public speaking.

Ok, I’m not meeting my salary goal yet, but as long as I can pay my bills I’m fine with making some sacrifices. The best part of this job (and I didn’t even consider this a priority when writing the original job request to the Universe) is that I’m in a healthy environment. There are always fresh fruits and veggies available, I get free adjustments, and exercise and nutrition are always the focus. I can’t even imagine bringing fast food to work.

I would definitely recommend writing a job request to the Universe, and I would definitely recommend my Chiropractor. If you’re looking for a Chiropractor in NYC I’ll hook you up!

If I write it, it will come

I hope everyone’s safe on the east coast. There’s no public transportation in NYC so at least I’m getting a lot of writing done 🙂

Lisa Bourque, the great life coach, recommended that I write about my perfect job. Sometimes just knowing exactly what you want helps you to get it, and sometimes just putting it out into the cosmos helps you get it. So here is my job description:

Dear Universe,

I want a job that intimidates me. Every day there’s something new to learn and there’s room to grow. I work with a team of energetic, passionate people and there’s always a long term goal in mind. There’s something new to do every day, and I have some flexibility on my responsibilities and my schedule. I’m very good at noticing what needs to be improved so I would like the authority to be able to make changes. I’m great at organizing people and motivating them, so I would like to be managing several people, but I don’t need to do that right away. I actually enjoy giving presentations and public speaking.

The actual job title is vague. Sometimes I wish I had a clear career path that would help me focus my job search, but I’m truly open-minded and adaptable. I’m a competent person and I believe I could do most jobs (very well). I don’t mind working with numbers, or in sales, or logistics, but my main goal is working with people, and more specifically people who enjoy themselves at work. I love making friends with my co-workers and when it comes down to it, I would be spending the bulk of my waking hours with them so it’s important that they’re cool.

Salary can be from $50,000-$500,000 (anything above that would just be gratuitous :P) with full health benefits, retirement contributions, and cool benefits like a gym membership, or a self-improvement stipend (I know companies that have this!). Oh, and I want at least 20 vacation days (heck I said it was my dream job).The only way I would accept a lower salary is if I get in early with an exciting start-up, where I can have a lot of influence and there’s a promise of financial reward eventually.

OK that’s my description of my dream job. Thank you, Universe, for your time. I look forward to meeting you at your convenience.

Sincerely,

Tracy Young

p.s. I would really like to get this job by the end of November, if that’s at all possible.

Find a Partner Dosey Doe

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At my gym there’s posters everywhere telling me the benefits of working out with a friend. I know they’re just trying to get more people to sign up, but it’s not total b.s. Having a partner in a large goal helps you stay accountable, and keeps you working even when you feel like quitting. Also, it’s just more fun. If you don’t believe me read this article.

And that brings me to the HeSo project. When I first started posting about wanting to find a career that made me feel happy and fulfilled, I sought out other blogs with similar themes. I looked at them as my work out buddies. Two that stood out were Logy Express and Tara’s 30 Blog. Both writers had goals of having more fun and creativity in their lives. Both asked, is it possible to get paid to do what you love? Although we never stated explicitly that we would motivate each other, they have left me supportive comments, and I have been encouraging them.

Recently they both broke through on what they want to do. Logy started taking her love of ice cream more seriously and took a course in ice cream 101. Tara started a website called Horizon Speaking and she will be coaching people on public speaking. I’m proud of them, and I’m very encouraged by their movement forward. It reminds me to keep up 🙂

If you have a daunting dream or goal that’s easy to give up on, I encourage you to find a partner. Find someone who shares that same goal and can motivate you when you’re feeling down, and vice versa. I guarantee you’ll get much further.

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark