Can you think of a time you followed your cravings? Like really, full – on, with-out a doubt, even if it didn’t make sense at the time? How did it feel to take the leap and follow what you really wanted to do? Freeing, exhilarating, maybe even a bit crazy, but just. so right….
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Creative leader who believes in following your cravings, the path that leads to what you truly want to do, regardless of it makes sense or not at this exact moment.
My mentality has always been such that you spend so many hours a day working over a course of many years that it should be something you actually WANT to do, right? I enjoy serving & helping people in a way that makes them feel happy and unstoppable. Because, why NOT? I truly believe that you CAN have whatever it is that you set your mind & heart on, it’s the belief that is the true test.
A Snippet of My Story
After graduating college, I spent six months living & working in Australia. From there (like we all do) I grew from many challenges, rejections & failures and continue to do so daily. Upon returning to the States, working (3) jobs and doing the actual career search I kept tuning into that “inner whisper” that was telling me my dream career was out there. The craziest part was that I remember turning down what would seem like the perfect opportunity for a new College grad, only ONE week into my search: great salary, benefits, full – time, around the house from my hometown. Seriously, a new grad’s dream offer. I was sitting in the parking lot of an Outlet Mall, getting ready to go in for my shift at an Amish Style Restaurant. My cell rang and I took the call, literally hanging onto every word, envisioning what my day, week and future might look like. It was the perfect fit, on paper, but my heart was screaming “NOOOO” and before I knew it, the words were coming out of my mouth, and I politely declined the offer. The person on the line was stunned and I’m pretty sure that for a moment my heart stopped as I was processing what just happened, what I chose to do. You bet I had an “Oh shit!” moment and then I let it go because I knew I was setting the tone for the rest of my important decision-making process that would happen over and over again in my life. Yes, in case you are wondering, that was an interesting decision to explain to my parents, but at the end of the day, it was my choice and I owned it.
Where to Now?
I honestly had no idea what the actual “title” was of what I was searching for, but I knew what I wanted, I could FEEL it. I remember writing everything I wanted down on paper to the final detail and then finally, after what felt like was forever and a full-time job in itself (the J.O.B. search), I found the posting that fit every single one of my details. I couldn’t believe it. It turns out the Experiential Marketing world was where I wanted to be. I remember creating my CV & tailoring my resume just so, sending a digital and hard copy and closing my eyes, saying a little positive thought and kissing the envelope before I sent it away. Ohhh my word!!! I know, perhaps a bit much, but I was NOT holding back what so ever. The call came, they wanted to interview me, we went three rounds. Everything just felt right. Little did I know my phone was going to ring and the potential Company explained to me that as much as they LOVED me, they had to offer the position to someone in the office who needed field experience, but they would keep me in mind. Ok, not going to fib here, I was completely devastated but I completely understood and knew I would continue to persevere. The weekend came & went and Monday morning my phone rang again. It turns out the girl’s father worked for the competitor and that was too close of ties for the Client to be comfortable with…they offered me the position! Fast forward over 10 years now and I pinch myself because I have been traveling this beautiful Country managing, leading & creating interactive events that guests truly do get to walk away with an incredible experience and memories. Trust me when I say this story is a lot more colorful when told in person, but hopefully, I have started to paint the picture.
Decision Time, Again
Having been fortunate enough to understand time freedom and what it truly feels like to follow your heart and love what you do, I made the decision to become a virtual business owner. As many times it does, the opportunity came unexpectedly, but I knew it was right for me. Personally, I consider myself among the unique & bold others who have never worked a 9 – 5. It is a blessing, perhaps in disguise at first because I truly was able to understand what time freedom meant from a very young age. It’s like I have the choice to stay or go whenever I choose and work comes right along with me.
Life shouldn’t be taken for granted, we only know this exact moment in time. I have the privilege of coaching some of the most incredible people, who WANT to live life on their own terms, achieve success and keep dreaming bigger.
All of These Words for One Message…
Don’t give up one what you want to do, what you want to create, where you want to go. Keep going. Listen IN to those cravings, you have them for a reason, truly you do. It is amazing what happens when you trust yourself and follow your heart. Do it! This is YOUR life. Do What YOU LOVE.
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Oh and in case you haven’t told yourself yet, today; you ARE destined for amazing things in THIS life.
~ ReneeXOXO, Renee