Do you want to elevate the quality of your life and get paid for what you enjoy? I know retirees who are content with volunteering, mentoring and exploring pet projects and those who would prefer not to become actively engaged in their communities. Everyone has different standards for living. But if you have been thinking about pursuing part-time employment, this is a good time to consider your options.
We are living in unpredictable times, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be mindful about shaping your future. I have a process that may help you get focused and will take about a week.
First, grab a notebook and begin making a list of your skills and talents. Now this is not the time to be critical of yourself. Jot down everything that comes to mind, without judgment. Don’t forget to include those skills you developed when you were growing up. You may not have thought about these abilities as talents because they come naturally and easily, but write them down, too. They are part of your skill set. Now put your notes to the side for a few days. You’ll be thinking about what you wrote, and when something else comes to mind, go ahead and add it to the list.
After a few days, look at your notebook and begin reflecting on those skills that are also passions. Circle two or three that you’re really drawn to. You may have twelve skills on the list, but only two may be true passions. Explain the why. What makes these two or three attractive? What emotions are triggered by the circled items? Rest on your passions for a few days.
When you return to the circled items, do they make you smile? How do they make you feel? Visualize yourself performing your passions. Does one passion shine above the others? Think about ways to market these passions. What companies, businesses or individuals would benefit from your talents?
Lastly, become a self-advocate. Begin researching the kinds of jobs that might fit your skill set. Start at the library or by talking to people before you actually ask if there’s a position open. And reach out to community or business leaders that you believe may be a good fit for what you have to offer. Have a conversation about your desire for a part-time position and how your expertise will enhance their mission.
Hopefully, this process will help you get started. Don’t give up when you hear a rejection. Allow your passions to drive you forward. This is the time to be intentional about how you want to show up for your second act. You were meant to share your genius with the world. Continue to grow and shine your light.
Your part-time employment may open doors for more attractive opportunities. One experience has the potential to lead to a full-time position, if that’s what you want. Or it can provide ideas for entrepreneurship. Remain actively engaged in living a creative life.
Four Steps to Nourish, Transform and Flourish
• Set a loving intention to investigate a part-time position this week.
• Begin by journaling your gifts, talents and abilities, and then research the kinds of jobs that might fit your skill set.
• How will an enjoyable position keep you actively engaged and lead to your life’s purpose?
• Close your eyes and visualize how this lifestyle change can prepare you for your amazing second half.
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In love, peace and health--
Your feminine glow guide,
T. Kari Mitchell, M.Ed.
Certified Holistic Health Coach
When your spirit is nourished, your inner light produces an outer glow reflecting your beauty and truth.