I didn't know I wanted to own my own business when I was younger. It was never something I thought about, let alone dreamt about.
You know those people...the ones who found their passion when they were young...they followed their dreams and lived their passion from the beginning.
I thought I was one of those people. When I was 12, I went to work with my mother for Take Your Daughter to Work Day (which is now Take Your Kids to Work Day, FYI), and I fell in love with her job. She was a criminal investigator and I just thought it was the coolest thing ever. From that point on, that was my goal, my passion.
So I went to college knowing I wanted to major in criminal justice and minor in accounting, because federal investigations are white collar crimes. AKA, follow the money. At age 22, I graduated from college and got my first job as an investigator with the Department of Energy. For 4 years, I worked my butt off learning as much I could, taking all sorts of training, and learning the investigations world.
And then I got bored.
So I did some research and learned a little more about the Department of Defense's criminal investigative office (DCIS). That's where I ended up, and initially, loved it. I was always on the go and always learning something new.
After about 5 years and a 6 month deployment overseas, I found that I wasn't as fulfilled as I had been. Or thought I had been.
Things changed. I changed. The job changed.
So I moved to our Norfolk office (from Alexandria), hoping that things would be different. And yet, they weren't.
I couldn't put my finger on it. Something was missing in my life.
It wasn't until I started doing a lot of research into my own health and nutrition that I started finding the answers. I didn't know it at the time, but it was *exactly* what I was looking for. The more I dove into it and it became my world, the happier I felt and the more I felt at ease.
Add in the essential oils, and I have truly found my passion. Like I said, I didn't know I wanted to own my business and be my own boss, but that became my dream about a year and a half ago. And now...now I'm living it.
Yes, it's work...but it's oh so fulfilling! It's one of the most fulfilling jobs I've ever had! Helping bring these natural solutions into people's lives and seeing how it changes their lives!! Seriously.
It's funny because I think people have a misconception about what I've been doing since I left my government job. I was asked the other day if I was enjoying not working and sleeping in until 10 a.m. every day.
Ha! I wish I could sleep in that late! I don't have that ability (ask Scott, LOL...sorry, babe!).
I have a full schedule just about every day! As my own boss, I have to keep myself accountable and on track when it comes to meetings, classes, talking about the oils, setting up initial health coaching client meetings, etc. I can't just sit around, hoping and waiting for things to happen for me. I have to go out and make it happen!!
But like I said, it has been so much fun!! I am tired at the end of every day, but I also end every day with a smile, knowing I am giving my all and doing my best, every single day. I also know that Rome wasn't built in a day, so I'm not being too hard on myself if something doesn't go as planned. I re-evaluate and keep on moving forward.
My whole point is that I didn't know my true calling or my dream to own my own business until I was 32!! It's never too late to find your passion and to make the changes necessary to make your dreams come true!!
What are your dreams? Leave me your answer in the comments! I'd love to hear about them!
Have a beautiful Friday and enjoy your weekend!
With love and wellness,