During my hiatus in 2017, I spent time figuring out me, defining and landing my dream job. My one critical flaw in all of this though was that I forgot to specify the location.
It has been nearly 2 years since my last blog, and I have I missed it. I have missed many other things as well; stopping to smell the flowers, inspiring and enabling friends, and relaxing with my family, just to name a few. I was once again employed; traveling constantly, working 14-hour days, commuting back to NYC on weekends, pouring my heart, sweat and tears into the new company and putting work first. At least though, it was my dream job, the dream job I had envisioned.
June 1, 2017. I had just read the book by Hal Elrod, The Miracle Morning. His 30-day Challenge provided me the kick start I needed. I committed to waking every morning and going through a routine called the Life SAVERS – Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, Scribing. As a result of The Miracle Morning (TMM) and other self-reflection, I figured out that my mission in life is to be the trusted advisor to friends, family, colleagues, strangers; inspiring and enabling them to bring their ideas and desires to reality. That summer I started my blog and the first entry was It is time for me to inspire and enable myself. Part of that journey was defining and obtaining my dream job.
October 15, 2017. That was the date that I had set as the day I would start working again. I wanted to start shortly after returning from my trip to Italy. When I had left my previous position on January 3, I had given myself 1 year to find my next job. I set aside the funds to provide the cushion needed to make that happen. However, in my head, my target start date was October 15. I worked backwards from that date. If I wanted to start working on October 15, I would need to be interviewing 2 months before that, start networking 2 months before that, and define my dream job at least a month before that. Setting goals for each phase of this journey (#thisgirlneedsaplan), I knew I would not be able to land my dream job if I could not define exactly what I was looking for.
It started with defining the type of people I did/did not like working with and why, along with details like work environments, day to day work activities, etc. I combined that with my work experiences and wrote the one pager that would change my life. I socialized it with other friends, tweaked it and then put it to work. I read it every day as part of my morning routine, I leveraged it when networking, and I shared it with recruiters.
One of the people that read my ‘dream job’ was an ex-colleague and friend. ‘Interesting’, he said. He asked questions, he helped tweak it, he then wished me luck and sent me on my way. He rang me 3 months later, saying, ‘I think I may have your dream job.’ How would he have known that if I had not clearly written it down and shared it? This is the Law of Attraction at work.
October 22. I was back to work. One week later than I had declared (but months prior to my ‘real date’) I walked into my dream job working for the new CEO of this company as the Chief People Officer.
Dream Job Elevator Pitch: I am looking for an executive position where I can partner with a business leader; a CEO, who is looking to drive change through their organization and realizes that people are key to their success. I am a seasoned executive that has been described as a nurturing driver. I get things done through strong employee engagement.
I landed my dream job alright, but it was in Bedford, MA. For those that may not know, I live in Manhattan, with my husband, Ralph. That is 220 miles away. I never stated in my dream job that I wanted it to be in NYC; near my family, friends, home and husband. This was obviously slightly less than ideal. Ralph and I talked about it and debated if we should relocate to Bedford, MA or manage it through a ‘commute’. Since the company had offices in Kentucky, England, India and Australia, I knew I would be traveling elsewhere as well. It didn’t seem fair to ask Ralph to pick up his day to day life to be isolated in Bedford, when I was traveling. We agreed, this was my dream job and I couldn’t pass it up. We would figure it out.
I am thankful for the past 2 years in the role. I learned more than I could even imagine. I had the opportunity to meet fantastic people, live my core mission, and drive change through an organization. However, I knew I had to be true to my other core values in life; family, YOLO (you only live once) and inspiring and enabling myself. I am now back in NYC, restarting the blog, defining my next dream job and ensuring I am as specific as possible.
The 30-day TMM challenge has turned into a daily routine for over 2 years that Ralph and I cannot imagine living without. It ebbs and flows at times, but it has been a constant that has helped us focus and most importantly affirm and visualize what it is that we want in our lives.
During this time, I have been visualizing the future, my longer term goals; wake up every morning with my husband, practice SAVERS while overlooking water, write my book, serve companies as a Board Member and continue to Inspire and Enable others. I truly believe, when you can visualize it, you can make it happen. Now I have the time to get back to basics and reset for the next chapter in my life. I hope you’ll join me as we continue to explore the realm of possibilities.
“When you visualize, then you materialize” – Denis Waitley