A Bright New Chapter
This past Wednesday marked my last day at Triage Consulting Group. While it’s been a rewarding challenge managing a breadth of projects, clients and teams, I found myself seeking opportunities to approach problems in a more creative and unconventional manner. Now I’m excited to announce that I’ve accepted a position with BrightHouse as a Senior Strategist where I get to work with businesses in helping uncover their purpose!
Throughout 2015, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching. This soul searching mostly entailed daydreaming about what I really wanted to do with my life, and it wasn’t until very recently that I started doing something about it. Maybe I was comfortable at my job or maybe I was scared of putting myself out there again, but through prayer and the encouragement of my husband and friends, I decided to take a leap of faith and seek an opportunity that better aligned with my passions. I learned a few things in the process and wanted to share these lessons with others who might be going through a similar journey.
Don’t settle for doing what you love “on the side.”
It look me 3+ years to learn that doing what you love “on the side” isn’t enough. I’ve always had an itch to dabble in something more creative and that opportunity wasn’t available at my consulting job. So I started a passion project called novo-be, where I blogged about topics related to social entrepreneurship. While this was a good outlet for me pursue something I was passionate about, it was merely a short term fix. Then I realized, what if I could do something I love AND do it full time? Turns out that was very much possible.
Leave work-life balance behind and strive for work-life harmony.
My flexible consulting job allowed me to experience a comfortable work-life balance where my personal life started as soon as my work life ended. I never had to bring work home and I also had the time and freedom to dabble in things outside of work. For a while, I thought this was the best possible system, but after reading this article, I realized what truly made me a happier person was work-life harmony. Of course my personal life was important to me, but I also didn’t want a meaningless job where I was invested in it only during 9–5. I wanted to lead a life where my passions can be integrated into both my work and life.
Have faith and don’t let fear get to you.
After several years of working for a healthcare finance consulting company, I became an expert in that subject matter. I was definitely scared when thinking about leaving that behind to pursue something very different. I was afraid that I had wasted a significant amount of time in my early 20’s and that I would need to start from the bottom again. Despite all the risks involved, I still dreamed of a career where I could pursue my passions and also apply my skills at the same time. When you’re hit with doubt, fear, and anxiety about the future, continue to believe in yourself and believe in the process. If your own will is not strong enough, surround yourself with those who can continue to encourage you and challenge you.