Every Piece Will Get You There
As a first-generation college graduate and professional, I know how easy it is to get caught up in the work-a-holic culture that is extremely popular in the era of start-ups, remote access, and #TeamNoSleep, however, it is equally as important to remember that those experiences outside of your 9-5 not only make you unique, but they also serve as building blocks for your life. The goal is not to just be an expert at our jobs, and fail miserably at all of the other roles we occupy, but rather to live up to our fullest potential. To do this, we can’t ignore the things about us that make us who we are.
I’ve loved writing since I learned how to hold a pencil. The way that I could paint pictures with words excited me. I was so entranced by the written word, that at around age five or six, I announced to my family that my new writing name was Dasia (pronounced Deja) Deveroux. With a subconscious love for alliteration and the last name of my favorite Golden Girl, I went on to write composition books of poems, stories, and random lists and shared them with my family for years until I grew up and learned that living in “La La Land” was not going to help me get into college or be successful. Dasia was dead.
It wasn’t until I after a stressful period in my life, right after college, when I couldn’t find a job, my confidence was nonexistent, and I was at one of the lowest points in my life, that I decided to write again. First, I started writing a bunch of depressing journal entries, and although when I read them now, I think “ Girl, take a chill pill. This is far too emo”, at that time, writing in the journal helped me to see my life more clearly, vent my frustration, and ultimately, find peace. As I began feeling better, I would write advice to myself, much of it business-related, as at that time I was job searching and studying best practices for finding a job for hours on end. One day, I had the bright idea to share some of the thoughts I was having during my job search with one of my favorite online magazines, Madame Noire Business, and a few weeks later, I was published. I ended up freelancing for that site for a couple of years and it built my confidence and was a great talking point when I interviewed for jobs in my desired and completely unrelated career field.
Writing may not be something that is a MAJOR part of my career right now or in the future, but does that make it less valuable to me? Not at all. Writing finds me when I’m lost. Writing is my interesting portion of the “Tell me about yourself” answer. Writing is an outlet for my creativity, creativity that serves as an asset in every job I do. Writing is how I best express my love to my family. Writing is a part of me.
Which one of your passions is not perfectly at home in your 9-5 but adds to the value of your life? Are you nurturing it? Do you trust that even in times when you do not see how it is benefitting you, it has, is, and will help you get to where you need to be? Remember, every PIECE will get you there.
P.S. Writing this made me think of the following Bible Verse: Romans 8:28King James Version (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.