Without a doubt, the last 10 months have been some of most rewarding professionally, as I’ve completed my graduate program and have been able to utilize my learning experiences in meaningful and productive ways through the gift of a job that I get to call “work.” As is the case with most unexpected life experiences, they create new rhythms and realities for time spent in and out of the office, at home, in relationship with friends and loved ones as well. From looking here “on the blog” and the last post that I shared announcing my new job that I started in January, it shows that I have been loving life and continuing to learn a great deal.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed a similar hiatus over recent months (although lately, I’ve been tweeting it up–which I’ll explain more in a little bit) but for now, I’m slowly getting back into the blogging groove. The “day-to-day” professional routine has included expanding and growing a social media presence (via Twitter, Facebook & Instagram) for the Professional Development Programmes at World Vision International, the organization’s initiative to “attract, strengthen and retain new & emerging talent.” (please excuse the subtle plugs) As I’ve been thinking about “blogworthy” thoughts and topics, I had considered sharing a “Top 10″ things I’ve learned in the last ten months, but after just commenting to someone about how much “prescriptive content” gets mass produced these days with the aim to “solve your problems” in easy steps or tips–I’ll leave it to this:
When you spend a majority of your waking hours at “work” and devote time & energy to a boss and employer in an environment with people around you who sometimes see more of you than your own family–it matters. What you do with your life, who you work for and how you steward the strengths & talents you’ve been given include answers to the common questions of life and work that matter. However, the “why” is perhaps the most valuable to learn and figure out first.
Simon Sinek, is a TED talk-er, who delivers great content to my inbox each day and is a wise and insightful thought leader. His famous talk on the “why” and the “golden circle” is worth 18 minutes (and change) of your time. Simon’s book, “Start with Why” is on my reading list (as well as his newest coming out in 2014). As I’ve shared his talk with our fall cohort of interns across the country at World Vision and grappled with my own “why,” it’s come back to this: I’ve been at my “most fulfilled” as a professional over the last 10 months because I work for an organization with a vision that I wholeheartedly support (for every child, life in all its fullness) and a boss who cares about and supports my own growth & development.
But my “why” has also come back to the conversations that I have the privilege of having with “new and emerging professionals” who are considering their strengths, clarifying their values and asking about their own “why” as they start their careers. I get to work with them as they explore career pathways while navigating changing workplaces and discerning the callings and vocations of their lives.
While my “why” has often left me leaving the office late after rich but full days, it has kept me energized to continue with the opportunities at hand, all while giving thanks for the gift of meaningful “work.”