Life Is Too Short to Be Unhappy at Work – A 2017 Challenge

Well, it has been a while since my last post, but you know how yearend is. Can you believe it’s 2017! This year is going to be a big year for my husband and I as we embark on a new journey – starting our own business. When I think about how we got here and where we are going, two things come to mind: one, I’ve never been busier and two, I’ve never been happier.

As a mother to a 20-month-year-old, I have to continue to work to both support her and to show her that yes, parents can do both. However, if I am going to be away from my daughter for any period of time, it better add value to our lives. Value can vary depending on the person, but it is this value that can contribute to a person’s overall well-being and in turn a family’s well-being.

Where It Started

To back up a little bit, I thought about how I got to where I am. In college, I studied finance and Japanese. Not because I was certain I wanted to go into international finance, but because I thought it would be a good starting place for figuring out what I wanted to do with my life.

Following a year and a half in Japan, I was hired as a marketer at a local company. So much for that Finance degree, one would think. However, I was able to take my finance experience, merge it with my new-found marketing skills, to realize my passion for marketing analytics and ROI. With every subsequent role, I acquired new skills which eventually led to managing the full marketing funnel.

Observation on Experience

Whenever I felt unhappy in a role, it often meant that I wasn’t learning anymore or I wasn’t passionate about the work anymore. And, when I wasn’t happy, it detracted from my everyday. Perhaps subtly. When I lose passion in what I am doing it makes the time away from family really difficult.

This is not a reflection of the roles that I had, rather a reflection of my goals. I loved the companies, managers, and colleagues I worked with, but it was just time to learn take on something new so I could get one step closer to finding my calling.

And, here I am today. The happiest I have been in my career due to the interesting experiences and skills that I’ve learned along the way. And, I know, it can still get better. I won’t always have great experiences, but each experience will add value.

Taking a Leap in 2017

Without branching out you will never know what you like and what you don’t like. Without those filters finding your passion and your reason becomes difficult. It’s still only January 2017, so it’s not too late to get started. I know it’s not easy to find your calling, but I challenge you to never stop looking. Even if it’s applying for a different position within your company. Try something new, learn a new skill, get yourself out there. With each experience, you will be one step closer to finding what truly makes you happy (even if it means you are busier).

2017 Challenge