I’ve been having a lot of conversations lately with women who are unsatisfied with their current state but just aren’t sure what they want instead. They have a longing for something more out of life, however, haven’t been able to pinpoint what their true purpose is.
I can totally identify with them. Just five years ago I was working for a home health agency as an office manager. I started out as a customer service representative and worked my way up to the highest non-clinical position I could hold in a local office. The next level for me would have been to become a Regional Business Office Manager and travel around the state training new business office managers and assisting struggling offices to get back on track. While the idea of traveling excited me, it just wasn’t practical. It would mean I’d be away from home for the entire week every month, unless I was assigned to an office that was close enough to drive home each night. There were only 3 in my region that would enable me to do that.
So there I was at a crossroad. I had felt as though I had mastered my current position but the next step wasn’t very appealing. I didn’t know what to do. I wanted more but just didn’t know what that “more” was. I watched as people I knew blossomed in their careers and experience great joy out of life. Yet here I was unfulfilled, unhappy and unsure of what to do in a career that I had flourished in.
I felt a tugging in my spirit. A longing for more, that I couldn’t ignore.
One thing I knew for certain was that I wouldn’t find what I wanted where I was. After many months of discussions with my husband, we decided that resigning from my position was the best solution. This was an extremely difficult decision to make because my husband wasn’t working at the time. Almost a year earlier he had been let go from his job and his unemployment claim was denied. We were rapidly depleting our savings not only taking care of our personal expenses, but also those of the church we founded. The church was going through a difficult financial period and the money coming in wasn’t enough to cover the basic expenses on a monthly basis. So we were personally covering the shortfall each month. Yet in spite of all of this, we were in agreement that God was calling me to something greater.
So…I leapt! I submitted my resignation and enrolled in classes to finish my bachelor’s degree. I’m not going to lie to you. I didn’t connect to my purpose right away, but I will tell you what did happen. God began to open doors for both my husband and myself. In fact, the last week at my old job was my husband’s first week on his new job. I experienced so much favor that I stood in awe of the God I serve. Just three months after leaving the home health agency, I got a job that enabled me to have flexibility with my schedule while finishing my degree and provided the income level I desired. Over the next few years, I faced many challenges and many triumphs, all of which helped me uncover my life’s purpose.
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial drive and have tried out a few business ventures. In 2013 I stepped out on faith againand started Upcycled. I had been enjoying refinishing furniture pieces for myself so much that I decided to start a side business selling my refinished pieces. Over time I needed additional support to help me build Upcycled to be my full-time gig. In April of 2015 I started a small support group, I called Sister Spotters, with three other ladies I knew who also owned or were starting new businesses. We began meeting monthly to share about what was going on in our businesses and supporting one another. I also started taking free webinars, reading books on business and joining Facebook groups for furniture flippers. All the while, encouraging other women to step out on faith and pursue their dreams of owning a business. I started seeing a pattern. I would light up every time I had the chance to encourage someone else, whether it was one of the ladies at church, a student on my job, or an old friend I bumped into at the grocery store.
As time went on my vision for what Sister Spotters could be expanded. In the spring of 2016, I enrolled in a branding course to help me strengthen the brand of my furniture refinishing business. Through some of the exercises the business coach had us do, I discovered my true life’s passion is empowering women to walk fully in their purpose. Ever since the moment I made the connection, my life has changed. I immediately began shifting my focus from the furniture business to developing the Sister Spotters support group into a legal business entity. I recently held my first event in my home city. From the first moment I opened my mouth, I became alive and realized that I was created to do exactly what I’m doing now. I was born to empower women to live on purpose, pursue their passion, and unleash their power.
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