Monday, March 18, 2013

Life Lessons

Disclaimer: this has nothing to do with health or fitness, just some thoughts I've had lately :)

I am a believer in something I call "the lesson." I'm not sure if anyone has coined this term before, but in life, I'm always looking for it.

When you're young it's pretty straight forward: fail a test, what's the lesson? You should have studied harder, longer, smarter. Get hurt by a friend (over and over), what's the lesson? You deserve a better friend. But what happens when you grow up and the lines become skewed and grey? What happens when the lesson is a hard one, and you don't want to learn it?

First, I should start with a confession: I'm used to getting what I want. And I promise I don't mean that in a bratty way. I worked hard in high school and was accepted to Penn State (main campus). I worked my butt off in classes and was hired for a great job my senior year of college. This job set me apart in my dietetic internship applications, which, coupled with good grades allowed me to get my first choice internship. I graduated from the internship, applied for 4 jobs and was quickly given the job opportunity I currently have. (Huge shotout to my dad and mom who footed the bill for me to fly out and interview in person. I don't think I would have been hired without it.)  Anyway, my point is that I've worked hard and have taken full advantage of the great opportunities I've been given.

So, what happens when you fail? That's what I'm trying to figure out right now. I recently interviewed for a position within my company and found out that I did not get it. In fact, they picked another employee over me. Ego killer. Beyond the bruised ego, I'm trying to find the lesson in this failure. For me, I think it means I am meant to do something else. I'm meant to get fulfillment and help people in a different way. I know that I will get there, but it's not the path I thought I would take, because it's not the safe one. (The safe one is having a guaranteed full time job, not a 2 year full time job that ends in 2014. Yikes!) In the meantime, I'm going to keep my head up and try to find opportunities elsewhere. Hopefully this turns out to be a good "forced" transition.

Have you ever been 'forced' into changing your career path? Life path? 


  1. Absolutely! Picking up and moving to Hawaii when I had a lucrative job back home wasn't easy. But neither was long distance and knowing we had a deployment on the horizon. It's the best decision I've ever made!

    1. Crazy how it always ends up working out for the best, isn't it? :)

  2. I used to be the bread winner in my family as a full-time engineer at a defense company. My man got selected for Army Flight School, and I almost stayed behind. I almost let him move across the country and leave me and our son for a year and a half... all because I had just gotten promoted and I was finally actually enjoying my job (I had previously hated it). But, God talked to me through friends of ours who said "Hey! This is the one time you get to follow him where the Army sends him... you don't want to miss out on that - it's only money!" So, I took a leave of absence from my job (no guarantee of a job at the end), and we packed up our family and headed to flight school. I got to be a stay-at-home-mom for a year and a half, and we had our second baby. I loved that time. Now here we are, back off active duty status, and not sure what we're doing for money. We decided we didn't want to move back to our old area, so I won't be going back to work at my old company. I'm not sure which one of us will work full time, or what work we'll be doing, but we are trusting in God and praying that we can be patient with His perfect timing.

    We often make plans for ourselves, and they feel right and seem perfect, but God has plans for us, and He still helps shape our lives :) Just trust that the plans he has for you are perfect and wonderful!!! I know it's hard, and it royally sucks to not know what he wants us to do -- and it can be really hard in the meantime -- but it will all work out in the end.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog :) Glad to meet you :)


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