I had a plan about what industry I wanted to be in, what kind of job I wanted but I just couldn't find work.

I had qualifications, I had industry experience... but when I was in the industry, while I was in the job, I was miserable. It didn't matter what I tried to do, I couldn't seem to get anywhere.

I had been working on my resume with a Career Counsellor at the university I was studying at. They said that I needed to find some like-minded people – the more self-discovery I did, the more I found that I was spending time with people who actually have a very different value set to my own. I had been attempting to befriend people in the industry I was interested in because I thought it was a clever way to network, at least that might have been what I was taught at some point. I was also hanging around people who I thought I could relate to in terms of emotional pain and thought understood me because I thought they could relate.


And yet, finding like-minded people, when I allowed myself to do that, and allowed people who weren't so, to drop away, it didn't matter that I wasn't best-buds with these like-minded people, or that we didn't spend time together socially. For the most part, I was just so grateful that they actually existed. In moments I couldn't believe my luck that I was walking with them! They were physically in front of me and I was walking the earth with them, in real time, not vicariously from a history book.

Eventually I found these were the people that I confound, came to trust and love. And from here, I created an environment where I could live a life more in alignment to who I am, finding work became easier albeit still challenging. Gratitude was a key for that.

The work I ended up with wasn't what I thought it was and wasn't related to the career I picked for myself some years before, but I had never been happier, never been as full of love as I am now.


I realised that my idea of an ideal job was an idea I took on from a teacher who I admired. When I began to drop that and be more open and explorative of myself, and more loving of myself, I found it was not so much as the job, but how I did the job and the motives for being in the role. Motives of having some kind of power and influence on the world, being known, just lead to a road of misery. Deep down, I wanted to be myself and to love more of myself and for that to be the progress I see and feel within myself. I found that as long as I was able to bring money in to support myself with that, I was content, more or less. Being less career focused was such a relief! Putting that energy that I had tied up with people pleasing, a career, into something more self-loving, that encouraged me to grow into myself was so rewarding too.

Favourite Quote

"If you're going through hell, keep going."
Winston Churchill

Let's go on an adventure together

Please enable the javascript to submit this form