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Coming up roses…

“Discover who you truly are and fully give every aspect of your uniqueness to the world. This is your path to an extraordinary life.”

To sum up what’s been going on with me, I graduated and now I have this amazing job. I have accomplished “the goal” that I have been working towards since — 1993? 1993 was the year I started my “education”. Pre-Kindergarden counts, right? So here I am 21 years later, and I have no idea who I am.

May was emotionally difficult for me. I graduated college, turned 25, and started searching for my career path all within a week. That’s a lot of changes. I felt the quarter life crisis coming on. What am I supposed to do now that formal school is no longer an option? Shouldn’t I be elated? It’s actually a little terrifying.

I’ve spent my weekends and day off trying to find something or someone to tell me what it is I am supposed to do with myself now. I hate making decisions and I am constantly afraid of making the wrong choice. I know better, but it is what it is.

So I’ll begin my path to self discovery by listing my values.

1. Structure (hence the list)

2. Laughter

3. Kindness

4. Gratitude

5. Health

6. Giving

7. Trust

8. Peace

9. Love

10. Hope

Stereotypical? Maybe. There are things I want to add to the list, but I know that it would not be truthful. For example, creativity, forgiveness, and adaptation. I’ll classify those as “things to work towards.”

I took a values assessment online and I felt like the results were worth mentioning:

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Pretty accurate and definitely explains the motivation behind this post.

What are my priorities?

1. Self (I’m being truthful here)

2. Work

3. Family and Friends

Now that the easy part is done, my goal is to answer the following questions:

1. What do I love in life?

2.  If money were no object, how would I live my life differently? What would I choose to do and choose to have? What or who would I be if I knew I couldn’t fail? Think outside the limits.

3. What are my greatest accomplishments so far?

4, What would I stand for if I knew no one would judge me?

5. Who do I admire most in the world and why? What is it about them that inspires me?

6. What makes me happy?

Life is complex. Until next week…