The coffee shop has turned into one of the best places to meet with others for gossip, business and yes, talking about your dreams. Recently I was asked a couple times to meet for coffee to talk about my passion in creating Phephe Rose. During one of my “meetings,” a young woman was expressing Her struggle with following what she loves and working in a job that doesn’t fulfill her desires. As I was talking to her, I started to recall my own journey to finding my way. So take a moment to grab a cup of joe, and read on.
A few years ago I knew I was headed in the wrong career path and had to get out. But although I wanted to leave the job I had at the time, I had no idea what I wanted to do and what industry I wanted to dive into. I studied architecture, would I go back into design? I fell in love with fashion, would I try to get into the fashion industry? I’ve always been an artist, would I build my name as a working artist? Like anyone would do, I turned to google for a while and researched. I also took come classes at a local community college and started talking to different people in these industries.
Then an opportunity came to me and I would take a 3 1/2 year journey to get to where I am today. In order to get to that point, I’d like to share my 4 Steps to help you find your way:
Brainstorm all the possibilities you see yourself doing.
- Make a list of the areas you love, start researching the different career paths you want to follow. See if it’s something you can get a job doing or something you can build yourself. You don’t have to pick anything just yet.
- When I wanted to quit my job, I loved so many things –Art, Fashion, Design, Architecture..the list goes on. I kept an open mind and really thought hard on what I could envision myself enjoying.
Get experience and exposure in the different industries.
- Now that you have this list, you need to start getting exposure to it and see if it’s really worth pursing. Gain experience in any shape or form that gives you a sense of how it feels to be in that industry or career path. Can you take a class? Work part-time or volunteer on a project?
- I started to really love fashion, so I learned how to sew and took a fashion show production class. My boss, wildly enough, let me go to New York City for one month so I can see if I wanted to follow a career in fashion. Gaining that exposure, I opted out of the fashion industry…for now. But I dove in.
Have Faith you’ll be guided in the right direction.
- You might begin to feel overwhelmed about the choices you’ve opened yourself up to. Don’t get discouraged, you’ll discover your path, have faith it will come to you. If you start to really dive into discovering different paths, the right one will become a stronger dream and desire.
- I heavily complemented the fashion industry, but my heart wasn’t fully in it. My desire to create a brand with my love for the creative arts grew stronger over time.
Take action in capturing that dream.
- Don’t follow that dream, go and capture it. Like the great decision maker you are, when you’ve decided your path, take action, making BOLD steps to move in that direction.
- For me, I took the bold step to quit my job and jump into entrepreneurship to start a business with two close friends. I built my experience in business and took several courses to gain the extra skillset. That has ultimately led me to taking action into pursuing my own company.
Finding my way wasn’t a clear drawn path. Most of it was hidden until I embarked on a new turn. For me, I always had the desire to be an artist, but I didn’t know what that meant for my career. It was a journey of discovery and growth that has brought me to where I am today, and it’s definitely not over.
**Please excuse any mistakes, I studied art not grammar**