PASSION FINDING: WHAT IS THE FORMULA

What a winding road this can be. As a child, a sketchbook was my best friend. I also enjoyed writing in my journal and wrote a poem or two. Once in middle school, music took over my life, and my training as a serious concert pianist began and followed me through high school. A sciatic introduction made music school auditions impossible and the piano faded away as the healing of the harp bloomed. My parents gave me sage advice when they said that I may spend the rest of my life trying to find myself which is fine; however, in the meantime, get a degree in something that will pay my bills. That was almost ten years ago.

Even within my liberal arts field, I have worn different hats as well as dabbled in other types of work. My stint as a Middle Eastern Dance instructor at a womens’ shelter was one of the best jobs of my life. My career as a musician has taken me to places and given me experiences that never would have come my way had it not been for my musical studies. Because of all of the things that I have tried, different people have contributed to my growth as an individual.

I have been in a career transition mode for a few years now. After I found my spiritual muse in 2008, there was no turning back. I wanted to dedicate my life to this blending of knowledge and practices from around the world. There was a long period of time when there was no mention of this to anyone. That changed into a select few that understood my need for silence. Last year, it took on a life of its own as I realized the one thread of my life that was ever constant and unchanging: I believe in the power of a woman. It brought me a great deal of joy to discuss it with certain people; however, I did not see that more people needed to know about that delicious femenine energy and what it can do for the world. Last summer, a dear friend told me to take my excitement for empowering women to the next level. 2013 is still a baby and my fourth workshop is planned with travels for the circle in the near future. Why I have even been asked to lead a ceremonial circle at a local festival of the goddess.

My background affords me the opportunity to draw on my strengths to create healing experiences for people. I use the harp in special dance workshops to help align the chakras. As a Celestial Reader, I often play the harp for my clients so that they can feel closer to the angelic realm. Sometimes, a spirit guide will even request a performance. Why, I am even preparing for a Celestial Harpitation in a few weeks. This work makes me feel effective, thankful, and connected. All of this swirls around my head as I overlook the coming year.

What does the future entail? How will I continue to empower women while growing as an individual? I often seek my balance myself. There is a quote along the lines of I have never ventured into something grand feeling adequately prepared. Well, that fits me in a nutshell. How can I, a person without any background in gender studies be the one to take a stand for women? This was a concern of mine until I realized that I did not need the papers to undertake this mission. My life has given me the experience necessary to handle and appreciate such work. This blog chronicles many of my experiences that have given me the background to empathize with my sisters when I see the same cycle manifesting in their lives. So, I say that the future holds more circles. I say that I will be in Negril, Jamaica with sisters at my side enjoying the beach. I say that I will continue to follow the very things that I talk about; listen to my intuition and allow it to guide me. It is that force alone that will keep me grounded as I continue to evolve on this journey that I call my life.

CAREER: A LIFE IN TRANSITION

After I found myself, my life changed drastically. People that I thought were friends turned out to be the biggest enemies and had to be released from my life. It was one of the best things that could have happened for me. A new body had emerged and a sound sense of self took over. The longing in my heart for a better understanding of what was missing had finally been found after thirty some odd years and it all started with a photo shoot for new business cards. The journey has been an amazing one and the traveling continues. The one thing that hasn’t changed is my career(this career shall remain nameless for now).

For about four years now, I have been very unhappy. Most times, I did not even know what to do about it because I felt trapped with no where to turn. Many a day came when I would just burst into tears on the way to work. It did not help when I was constantly being told that I should be thankful for my job or many people would love to be in my shoes. My health began to diminish as my body began to reject what no longer suited me. The time came for me to seek professional help in the form of career centers, the library, and other people that had made successful transitions. I joined career groups on Facebook. I took assessments and business classes in the hopes that I could better understand my different sources of income. I even requested a radio show about this very topic and got it. The outline that I created with my reflections was so wonderful that I am considering presenting it as a workshop..(stay tuned for details).

During the summer, I received a very good suggestion. I had a hidden passion that was only shared with certain people. Well, the suggestion was to find a way to share that passion with everyone on a loud platform. Do not be afraid to speak my mind and tell the world. The beginning of that was this blog. The physical part of it is the Circle of Sisterhood. The rewards have been amazing. My life has been enriched, clarity has come to me, and I feel as if my path is a big open road leading to my true life purpose. Topics that I used to keep to myself are now the very things that women call me on the phone about. I execute workshops, facilitate the circles, and provide feedback during readings. I am a fortunate Lady.

In spite of all of this, I was not going to write about career transitions until this morning. My newest friend is very special to me, and I do not think that she knows that yet; but she will soon:) She gave me some very sage advice this morning. My ears focused on her words because they stemmed straight from her heart. Since she had already been in this very situation, she stood in a place of great knowledge and freely gave me her pearls of wisdom. The most important thing that I took from the conversation was the sisterly love that I felt. There is support for my feelings of being misplaced and longing to move on. It shall happen according to the master plan. My heart is open to the needed change, and I work towards fulfillment in this particular arena.

In the meantime, my message from this post is simple: hone your talents. If you have a hidden passion, this is the time to reveal it to yourself or even the world. No matter how small you may think it is, others may benefit from what you consider second nature. As you give, you too shall truly receive on an entirely different level. A level of clarity, a level of purpose…a true heartfelt connection to the universe.