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Sunday, June 10, 2012

 

Do What You Love: 7 Days Career Journaling Challenge

Do What You Love--Even If It Involves Malaria Pills

The day I received Do What You Love: 7 Days Career Journaling Challenge, the latest e-book from the journaling guru Mari McCarthy, my oldest child decided to apply for the Peace Corps. She has one more year of college left, just returned from a school trip to South Africa, and yes, I have been on her back with the "So what are you going to do after college?" questions. But the Peace Corps? Our conversation went something like this:

"Are you still on Facebook?"

"No, I'm applying to the Peace Corps."  

"Seriously."

"Seriously!"

"What does that pay?"

"A stipend."

"You can't stay on our health insurance once you graduate."

"That's OK."

"What about your school loans?

"You get a deferment when you're in the Peace Corps."

"Shouldn't you look for a real job?"

"This is a real job."

"What brought this on?

"I've been thinking about it for awhile."

The Peace Corps? She just spent a small fortune on a college education. Didn't she want a job that would...well, let's be honest here: give her financial security? A chance to use her gift for writing? Provide a nice place to live (a place that didn't require that she take daily malaria pills, at least)? That's when I left to read Mari's book. I couldn't deal with this Peace Corps plan anymore.

The first page of Do What You Love laughed at my definition of a "good job" as just being something that gives you financial security. "Your career is a big part of how you spend your time and, consequently, who you are as a person," writes McCarthy. 'It's just a way to pay the bills' doesn't ring true when it has such a profound impact on other areas of your life...it's important to find a job that aligns with your passions, values and strengths."

If you're out of work, unhappy in your job, or just ready to move on to a new phase in your life, Do What You Love: 7 Days Career Journaling Challenge is a great way to start exploring your options. This intensive week of journaling doesn't just focus on specific jobs. Instead it addresses everything from your childhood beliefs about what a job should be to what you want from a job to what makes you happy. This book could be just the inspiration you need to find your true calling.

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The next Do What You Love! 7 Days Career Journaling Challenge is June 25 - July 1. The workshop is Free! Your only cost is for the workbook, so join us. You can read a sample chapter here and sign up for the challenge: http://www.createwritenow.com/do-what-you-love-journaling-ebook/

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Cathy said...

I'm really excited about this challenge. I'll be sharing it with my friends.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Charity Kountz said...

Sounds interesting, I'll check it out. Thanks!

6:06 PM  
Blogger Margo Dill said...

I would recommend any of Mari's books and courses, especially if you are a journaler. I've done her 28-day challenge and the money book. She really gets you to look at yourself--which is so important when you are a writer! :)

5:58 AM  

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