I have worked in marketing since college. I remember my dad, who worked for MetLife his whole career, saying you’ll go into business but do marketing since you’re more creative. I was never big at doing what I’m told per se but these words and this path stuck.
I have a skill set that I’m grateful for that has done well by me over the years. I have had some very good opportunities, working at companies including Nestle, Warner Bros., and AT&T, and I have worked with some truly great people over the years. I’ve also worked in some environments that have made me question, “Is this it!?”
In early 2014, I started feeling a bit off. It wasn’t so noticeable where it felt medical. I just felt off and agitated and started thinking, hmmm, maybe I need a new job or to move or something. It turns out I had been feeling the effects of breast cancer but, shocker, the thought of my having a potentially deadly disease did not spring to mind. I quit my job and focused 100% on my recovery.
During my months of recovery, I felt this overwhelming need to “honor cancer.” When it came to work, going back to sub-standard environments was simply not an option. I was going through a truly life changing event and I needed to do something, do more, be more coming out of it. That’s the biggest thing that brings me to Growing Bolder. I feel like I’m being driven towards a calling to be a champion for others. In doing so, I need to be a champion for myself and finally try to figure this stuff out. Figure out my dreams. Figure out how my dreams are meant to help others as I feel they may.
Have you had similar feelings of being driven towards something that you didn’t know but couldn’t ignore?