On Loving What You Do

26 Jun

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Two years ago I moved to London all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, determined to change the world one child at a time!

Actually, that was technically two years and two months ago.

Two years ago exactly I was working as a social worker in London all tired-eyed and limp-ponytailed. I was screamed at/threatened on a daily basis, and found myself with the unpleasant task of acting as my coworker’s bodyguard.

To say my job as a child protection social worker in London was the hardest point in my working life would be dramatically understating the situation.

I’m a dramatic person.  I know drama when I see it.

A couple of weeks ago I found myself in an air-conditioned Target in Scottsdale, rambling through the shoe section with a fizzing soda in hand. I paused to take pictures of the exceptionally-fabulous, tried on sandals, and made notes for an article that would later go live on one of the largest women’s websites in the world.

That stroll through Target was a *moment* for me.  A look-how-much-my-life-has-changed moment.

Before SheKnows I had enjoyed aspects of my career, but I had never loved my job.  I had never looked forward to work, gushed about my assignments, or understood the “do something you would do even if you weren’t paid” mentality.

In fact, I assumed that anybody who said they would do their job without compensation was straight-up lying a la “Oh yes, my favorite food is broccoli” or “I can’t wait to go running today!”

Guys, what does this mean about the world?

Do some people actually enjoy broccoli?

Read my first article for SheKnows here: 5 Things You Should Be Buying at Target Right Now.

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3 Responses to “On Loving What You Do”

  1. Gina June 27, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    What an incredible thing you’ve discovered today! It really is unbelievable just how refreshing it is to really WANT to do something. Just the other day went to a conference and he was commenting about how much easier it is to pay attention and learn new things when you actually CARE about the thing that you are learning. Great share!

  2. Kylee June 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    It’s a good thing Target is closed right now because I would be packing up my sleeping 10-month old and stopping at an ATM ASAP. I loved this article and am so happy that you found the job of your dreams! So happy for you (and majorly jealous)! ;)

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