With the holidays coming up, it’s hard to log onto the web without seeing multiple Pinterest or Instagram ideas on crafting your own holiday gifts. I’m not a terribly crafty person myself, but do occasionally browse these sites from time to time in hopes of finding something to concoct rather than purchasing yet another material good for loved ones this Christmas. After spending countless hours sifting through DIY gifts, I feel as though the greatest present of all is one we don’t need scissors, fancy ribbons or glitter to complete. It’s the gift of having freedom and happiness in our life and the ability to create the kind of lifestyle we feel fits us best.
I recently got together with a friend who is in a rut career-wise. She is not happy with the position she is currently filling and knows exactly where she should be, but is struggling to put the pieces together that are necessary to reach her goal. We spent numerous hours discussing how as young adults, we are expected to not only establish a name for ourselves but bring home enough of an income to pay our current bills as well as plan for the future. The truth of the matter is that it is exceptionally difficult to generate the income that is needed to stay above water these days. With the exception of a select group of career paths, there is a great barrier between entry level positions and the wages that are needed to strive. Most of us are simply surviving on what we currently have and are always looking for something better. This outlook puts a damper on companies because so many positions are being filled on a temporary basis, which causes the company to double their workload by constantly having to search for candidates to fill gaps. Young adults need financial security and businesses need reliable workers, so what are we to do?
Below is my DIY recipe for happiness (Pinterest account not required)
- First of all, we need to rise above the standards that have been set for us and find what truly makes us happy. We need to find our passion, our niche. We need to find the job that doesn’t feel like work and makes us feel as if we’re making an impact, no matter how big or small it may be. Relieving ourselves from the jobs that are going nowhere and the ones that don’t bring us any closer to our personal joy is the first step in building your career. This step may not be so easily obtainable at first and may require some searching and sampling before you find the industry that suits you best. I have tested a handful of different career paths and industries, including retail, hospitality and the medical field before I finally doubled back to journalism. No damage was done in the process, but I am now more certain than ever that writing is what I was destined to do. It’s important to allow yourself to experiment with different outlets so that you can rule out the areas that do not interest you.
- Once you establish where your passion lies, develop a technique that allows you to put your best foot forward while still maintaining your freedom. So many people feel the need to be the company “workhorse” in order to prove their worth to the business. While working hard and remaining efficient is a positive attribute for any employee to have, bending over backwards and jeopardizing your emotional well-being and personal health is never the solution. We are only given one life and we need to cherish our mental, physical and social self above all other obligations.
- Calculating your quality of life goes hand-in-hand with developing your freedom. More importantly, this step helps you to understand what kind of money you need to be making in order to live the lifestyle you desire. Some people live to make the most amount of money they can, even if their free time is compromised because of this. Others are able to get by on less in order to spend more time with friends and family. Understanding the richness of your quality of life can help you understand how to divide your time and wealth so that your emotional and financial needs are being equally met.
- Having confidence is what gives you the ability to fly in life. The more confident you are, the more weight you are able to brush off and the further you will be able to carry your passion. Remaining confident in the decisions you make and being able to work through the consequences, both good and bad, are the traits that will allow you to work your way to the top. If you’re looking to be promoted within a company, display your confidence in the job you are currently doing and it will be noticed. If you are looking to branch out and develop your own company, keep faith that your ideas are of value and represent your beliefs with everything you do. Having confidence is the most direct way to meet your goals, conquer your fears and rise to the occasion.
Life is your Mason Jar, so fill it with what fills you.