Today is October 1st, the beginning of Write 31 Days. Each year a bunch of nutty (mostly women) writers decide to join a daily writing challenge that lasts for a whole month. It’s pretty dumb. Ok, not dumb but definitely an example of unstable behavior. Either way, I am choosing to participate for the second year in a row.
This year I have decided to write about personal development. A year a go I had never heard of personal development. Ironically, I learned about personal development while participating in a professional fellowship. My fellowship included a professional coach – think somebody who breaks you down to build you up. It was a painful as it sounds. BUT, I can honestly say the fellowship changed my life professionally and personally.
Over the course of the fellowship as we talked about my professional journey and future plans it was clear that on a personal level, I had not been thinking about my course. I was committed to work in the nonprofit field but I had not mapped my journey. I was answering my calling, wasn’t that all I needed to do?!? Essentially I was just winging it. I was blessed to have jobs I enjoyed but I did not see my work as a career – it was my calling. What I was created to do.
But how could I be answering my calling but still not know what legacy I wanted to leave behind?
I began to consider that either I did not know my calling or I was allowing my calling to run amuck.
My coach encouraged me to start unpacking what was blocking me from answering questions about my purpose. She encouraged me to read, watch TED Talks and listen to podcasts. I had no idea how I was supposed to be committed to my family and job and find time to do the boring stuff she was suggesting. In late June as I found myself looking at 1,100 messages in my inboxes I decided my coach might be on to something. Maybe I needed to step back and think about some of what she was suggesting.
In July I decided to seriously consider my life and learn to develop personally. This Write 31 Days blog challenge is giving me a chance to share what I have (re)learned on this journey. I hope my experiences can help another woman find her way to her best self as she seeks to make the world better for the next generation.
Thank you for joining me.