Welcome back to Pamela Lynne Murray. You can read her introductory blog Higher Ground here.
It was like my heart jumped out of me as the words jumped off the screen. Then my heart and the words joined hands and both jumped into a big pool, making a splash. I was expecting an answer to my prayer, but could it be real this time or was this just another possibility? Time will tell!
I was an extrovert as a child. I wrote a song and performed it before I could even read. I was always singing or performing in some way. Julie Andrews was my best friend, her and that “Favorite Things” song. We spent many hours in a dreamland in my roomy backyard, singing her song and ending it by getting on the swing set and timing the ending to make the jump off the swing on “so bad.”
I also found great pleasure rhyming words and writing poems. I loved reading, especially the books by great authors, books with plenty of dialog to capture my attention and let me enter into a imaginary surrounding. I was also able to solve a cryptoquote puzzle in less than five minutes at times. Words. Words. Words.
I wrote for the school newspaper. I was on the yearbook staff. I promptly spilled my heart on paper when my heart was broken by a guy I really liked. I was loyal to my diary, which would later become stacks of journals. I’ve written plays, scripts, even speeches.
Since high school I’ve taken countless quizzes, worked with a life coach, and read many books. I still have a stack of books on my bed as I just recently I revisited this chapter of my life again. I just wanted to see if there was anything I’d missed. This quest: finding the right career.
To others, this will probably seem very obvious. For me, lets just say it has taken me almost 35 years to find out that I was born to write. Ding! As you can see, this has always been an ongoing hobby for me, but I only considered it a few times as a means to make an income.
I’ve read the books. There are great books, and I’ve probably read most of them. I’ve taken all of the important quizzes. So, after massive amounts of soul searching, reading, hours of praying, and years of trying out different jobs, many of them stay-at-home jobs. Please let me save you some time.
What did you start out doing as a child? What did you do naturally? What did you spend hours doing in school, at home? What are you still doing now–even in your spare time? What are you doing when you look at the clock and think, “Wow! Where did the time go?” Make a list if you have to. If everything points in the same direction, I’m going to tell you that you’re probably off to a good start finding your career. I’m not saying to quit your job. Find ways to work it into what you are already doing.
There are plenty of people out here who know how to put ideas together. I think that’s where a coach comes into play. Just think of what it would be like to do. What makes you feel the most useful, energized, and blessed? Imagine getting paid to do it!
Check out Pamela’s blog, Writing with Heart.