Make-It Monday – Electing to Succeed

bitmoji_goalsIt’s election week in Ontario though advanced voting started last week. Thus, the theme for this week is born.

But other than mentioning that I’m working the election as a tabulator, I’m not actually going to spend a bunch of time talking about the election because I really don’t want to.¬† People will be handing me their votes in a cardboard folder to feed into the vote counting machine. Tomorrow, I train for it, Wednesday I pick up my machine, Thursday is the election, and Friday there’s some sort of debrief.

So what am I going to talk about? Electing to succeed. What do I mean by that? I mean choosing the path that will lead to your own definition of success.

For example, yes, there are many things I *can* do for work, but if I apply to everything I could possibly do, I know it won’t lead to me having a reasonable amount of happiness. Some jobs are more demanding than others and could leave me in a position where I’m making money, but have no time to write.

That’s not my definition of success. It wouldn’t make me happy. Success to me is having a decent job and being able to pursue my art. I don’t need to be getting wealthy off my day job to be happy. I don’t need to have the kind of income that lets me buy every new gadget that comes out or travel to every country. I need a position that uses my skills to help others while giving me enough to cover my expenses with a little bit extra to put towards debt and some social events.

But it may take a while to get that job. So I’m also pursuing other positions that give me skills I don’t currently have.

I have a multi-step plan.

I’m electing to succeed in the short term and building myself a path for future success.

There are a lot of things going on right now. For example, I got fingerprints done today and my internship is keeping me busy. I’m also self-studying a couple of things to boost my employ-ability. These things will also help my art.

Speaking of my art, I haven’t done much lately because I’ve been so busy figuring out my path and applying to jobs, but I’ll be getting back at it with more vigor than ever¬† once election week is over. I have a feeling I’ll be wanting to hermit regardless of the result…

I feel so fortunate to have good friends helping me through this transition! I don’t know where I’d be without them.

R~

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