I recently wrote an article for Reader's Digest where I interviewed ten inspiring people about how they found their dream job. I realized as I was writing it and seeing others turn their passions into a career that I had done the same.
When I decided to change careers and pursue a PhD, I wasn't really sure what the end result would be for me. I have so many passions, and I wanted to turn them all into a job that was flexible enough that I could still be with my daughter while earning a paycheck and at the end of the day, still helping people and pursuing my lifelong dreams. Seems unrealistic, but it's not!
I networked well which landed me in my post-doc fellowship doing meaningful work at Tiffin University a few days a week. I also get to write. I wanted to write since I was a kid and to write for major publications is a dream come true. A lot of people have asked how I get to write for such awesome places--I get to because I worked hard and I asked! When I felt confident that I had good ideas to share, I reached out and asked for an opportunity to do it.
I think what makes it tricky for us is that we are afraid to ask and afraid of our own talents. My dream was always to write and to help people. By working at a university and sharing people's stories, I'm doing just that.
Is it the way I envisioned it would be? It's not. But is it awesome? It definitely is!