Start the New Year with Intention
As we embark on the New Year, we are all taking stock of the previous year and thinking about plans for the coming year. For many of us, our careers and balancing our home life are top of mind. The holidays are wrapping up and the kids are going back to school, now its time to think about Mom. What does mom want or need?
The first thing you should do is think about your passion. What do you love to do? There’s something about motherhood that makes us want meaningful work, now more than ever. Perhaps its that our job as a mother is so meaningful, or because we’ve spent time volunteering at our children’s school or in the community and its been a rewarding experience. Maybe we’re just older and wiser and unwilling to compromise on company culture and our daily activities. Whatever your reason, meaningful work should be your first priority.
Think back to the jobs you loved prior to having children or in your past career. . What was it about those jobs that fulfilled you? What made you smile as you drove to work? Put those items at the top of your list. Now as you start to explore all the options for yourself and the career ahead of you, keep those items in a note somewhere that you can refer to. We can’t always land a job that fulfills all of our requirements but we can at least strive for some.
“I loved being my own boss”
“I loved running a team”
“I loved the flexibility of my hours”
“I loved being creative”
“I loved the structure of my last job”
Whatever those things were that made your favorite jobs your favorites, always keep that in mind. The next thing to do is assess your skills. Everyone feels more successful and purposeful in their work when utilizing their skills. Some of the items on your list above might even be skills.
“I am a natural leader”
“I am a great writer”
“I am a great time manager”
“I am highly productive in short windows of time.”
“I am a good communicator.”
Now think about industries or businesses that you love. Where do you want to work? What kind of a company do you want to create? Envisioning yourself in those environments, while meeting your list of career requirements and utilizing your skills will help you find or create meaningful work in the coming year. Don’t sell yourself short. Do what you love. And find your passion.