So, there are some big changes brewing in this CLEgal’s life. Next week is my last at my current job. Since I never really talked about my job in this space, I suppose that shouldn’t have a big effect on the blog. But part of that change is feeling freer to talk about my whole life, my career, and how CLE factors into all that, which I think is a more universal topic than I ever realized.
Why am I choosing to change? Because I got inspired. I blame a lot of you, dear readers: people like Poise in Parma, Miss WineOH, and @terraverdegirl, who took leaps of faith to do what they truly love (or even just figure out what they truly love). That was the start of the cosmic smack in the head.
Then, the Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford was everywhere: all those great words about loving what you do, not settling, not being restricted by dogmatic thinking. I can’t read it or hear it without tearing up. Another cosmic smack in the head.
I teach a graduate class one night a week and one of my students came to me seeking advice about choosing between two job offers. I heard myself giving advice about being happy, choosing what your gut was telling you, and so on. Yet another cosmic smack in the head…I needed to heed my own advice.
It’s not about not liking where I’ve been working. It’s about knowing that there’s more out there: more fulfillment, more joy, more purpose.
There are pieces of the puzzle that are clear. Part of my immediate future is working at CLEdad’s business, doing a bit of legal work, a bit of accounting work, and a bit of social media. He’s been in business in the Cleveland area for 35 years and there aren’t many places I’d be prouder to work. I hope teaching will continue to be a piece of the puzzle: it’s given me so much fulfillment thus far. CLE is my home and one of my great loves. Ramping up my involvement in this community needs to be a piece of the puzzle.
As for the other pieces, those will fall in with time and space (and occasional cosmic smacks in the head). Big changes, dear readers, but good ones. For those of you who helped me get to this point (whether knowingly or not), thanks for the inspiration!
Have you ever taken a leap of faith to find happiness? How did it work out?