To be honest a few weeks leading up to my recent birthday I was battling a downward spiral and operating in a fog. I just was not content with how my savings looked and that I hadn’t made much headway tackling my student loan debt. In addition to this I was in whirlwind about what my next career step would be. In my Cloudy Career Days post I addressed how I began to work through this. It helped that I took some time to really reflect on my progress throughout my 20’s and not to mention a trip to Jamaica to ring in my 30th birthday. The people I encountered in Jamaica were so genuine and laid back. They showed me how impatient I am and that I am always operating at 200 mph. The trip really put into perspective I have so many reasons to be grateful to enter this new decade of life. Here are a few I wanted share:
1) Financial Responsibility: My 20’s were pretty rocky from a financial perspective. I did not get serious about my finances until my late 20’s. I got help and started mapping out everything from monthly expenses along with all the debt I had. I went on Dave Ramsey’s website to get the Monthly Budget Template so that I can plan my budget and track what I spent.
2) There is no limit on my career trajectory: I really take the quote “The world is your oyster” to heart. I solely believe if something is put on your heart time and time again then you will be given the tools to do it. My mentor/sponsor has really opened my eyes lately that I can really take my career to new heights. That is why it is important to continue to build a strong network and have mentors along with sponsors in your circle.
3) Uncovering and exercising my passion: Around this time last year my past supervisor told me that I had a gift for teaching and I laughed at him. He then went on and gave me contact information for the Program Administrator of the Pharmacy Technician program at Richland College. I went ahead and scheduled a meeting and it ended being great. I ended up quickly developing a great working relationship with the Program Administrator. Fast forward I am now currently teaching three Pharmacy Technician courses and I have developed a passion for it. Who would’ve thought? Teaching and interacting with my students is what drives me. Now I am working to peel back additional layers to my passion to see how I can make additional contributions.
4) I stay in my lane and run my own race: You will not win comparing your life to others. It took awhile for this to sink in. With advancements in social media it’s hard not to. To be brutally honest I have my moments, but then I think about the big picture and goals I have to accomplish. I used to get bent out of shape when I could not attend trips and physically be there when major occurrences that happened in my friends’ lives. At the end of the day they understand why I could not physically be there and no love was lost.
Some things I’m taking from my 20’s are to not get down on myself and move on. Also, to make sure I take care of myself and breathe because it’s not the end of the world.
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