Why? Getting Inspired!

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.

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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.

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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?

14 Responses

  1. Good for you!! I have been struggling with the same questions for a while now, specifically with respect to the job. I’m making a small change, but hopefully it will end up being a mighty change in my attitude about the whole thing and allow me to continue to learn and grow! Only time will tell 🙂 So proud of you!

  2. Wow. Just wow. I’m happy to hear you are taking the bull by the horns. And that path will be bright no matter where it leads you. You are too cool for it not to an adventure!

  3. Joyce

    wish you much happiness wherever your path takes you!

    to answer your question: yes! I took a humongous leap of faith, jumped in feet first and
    began a small non profit, took my original job idea I had started a few months before and “lent it”
    to the non profit to raise money – (so in essence doing two jobs) So far, completed $465,000 in civic projects in 3+ yrs. and still awed, never having raised money before.

    my leap taught me there are no “rules” – didn’t take time to learn them! – that an ordinary person can achieve a dream with one big key: passion.

  4. PLP

    Not sure if you get the new Oprah network on cable, but if you do, try to catch her Lifeclass episode with JK Rowling, it’s all about finding your purpose in life and ignoring the naysayers, very inspiring!

  5. Congrats to you on your leap! I took one recently too, as I left my corporate PR job to start my own agency. It is the best thing I’ve ever done for ME! Happy is everything. And Steve Jobs words rang in my head as well… life is too short! Enjoy!

  6. Congrats and good luck!! I know it’s not easy. I’ve been struggling for years to figure out what I want to do. Problem is, I only know this is what I don’t want to do . . . I need to figure out the next step and I’m not sure how to get there.

  7. I’m incredibly thankful we’ve had each other during this time to lean on. While our situations have been different, I’m feeling great about the direction we both are headed – even if there’s a lot of uncertainty along the way.

    I’m with PLP about the Lifeclass series on the OWN network. Every time it’s on, I stop to watch and take notes. Lots of great things to learn there.

  8. I told you this over the weekend, but it’s worth repeating: big kudos on this! I think it’s always important to be doing what you enjoy — whether that’s as a paying job or by volunteering with something in the community. I’m very proud of you for taking the step to figure that out. And if you’re looking to get involved in the community, I know a certain theatre YP program you could come and check out with me to see if you want to join. 😉

  9. You already know how I feel about your awesomeness and I’m doing “dittos” as we speak. You are going to do so many fabulous things and really, I’m just luck to be your friend and watch you throughout this process. You are incredibly inspiring!

  10. I’ve taken lots of leaps of faith, and most recently, I’ve gotten pushed out of the plane. Here’s my advice: You won’t “find happiness.” The pursuit of it should be the happiness. Change is, or should be, a constant. I don’t believe very many people “find what they love” and do it, because what we love isn’t static. Be ready and able to do this a lot in your life.

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