Discovering the Soul’s Agenda: Stepping Stones (Part 4)
The first week was an introduction to what will be my Writer’s Manifesto.
The second week focused on the first step in the process: following the Passions of our Hearts.
The following week focused on identifying our Core Values and Beliefs.
And this week will discuss reviewing our Life Experiences.
I believe that where I am today is exactly where I am supposed to be.
The experiences of my past have brought me to this place, and each experience has helped me become closer to the person I am intended to be. These experiences are my stepping stones, and they have prepared me for the next logical step in this journey of life.
My stepping-stones, as they relate to my Soul’s Agenda, look something like this:
- 2nd grade (1968) – we visited a family friend just after he returned from a junior year abroad in Paris. I sat at the table looking at all the photographs and vowed that some day I would do the same and travel the world.
- 11th grade (1977) – as a part of my high school’s foreign exchange program, I went to Paris for four days and then lived with a French family in Arcachon for three weeks. This experience cemented my love of international travel, and influenced my decision to major in French.
- First Job out of college (1982) – I learned that even though I had the skills for office management, I did not have the passion for the job, and subsequently, I was miserable. I missed academia and could not accept the status quo of mediocrity.
- Second Job out of college (1984)– I became a market research analyst for a major New York City bank. I adored analyzing the data and writing the reports, although I could care less about the subject matter (financial services). Analysis and writing continue to be my two biggest passions.
- Stay-at-Home Mom (1986-2001)– while this was my greatest desire, I should have known that it was not my only calling when one day my eldest commented, “Mom, does everything have to be a teachable moment for you?”
- Amway Distributor (1995-1998) – while there are many aspects of this experience that I would rather forget, I cannot underestimate the value of learning about the Self-Help books section of the library … and the term “getting out of your comfort zone”
- Creative Memories consultant (1998-2007) – if it were not for Amway I would not have had the confidence to become a CM consultant. I did not enjoy sales, but I adored teaching others about preserving family memories.
- Teacher (2001-2014) – if it were not for Creative Memories, I would have never had the opportunity to teach sixth grade at a small private school. I was not looking for this job – and in actuality, I did not willingly accept this call – but ultimately it became the most rewarding career I could have ever hoped for.
- Bread Loaf School of English (2009)– in the hopes of proving to myself that I was qualified to teach (even though I was not certified) I enrolled in a masters’ level program. One of the classes I took, How to Revise a Life, was truly life-changing. I learned that I enjoy writing – that I need to write – and that I desire to teach others the joy that can be found through writing.
I believe that all life’s experiences are valuable – the good as well as the difficult ones. The ups and downs of life help to develop us to become who we destined to be.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.
Next week I will share what I feel my next stepping stone to be: declaring myself a writer.