One year ago, I wrote the following passage in my journal:
I see myself working in an art gallery, museum, or other creative environment, surrounded by beauty and visual stimulation. I would like day-to-day schedule to involve a lot of writing, and give me the opportunity to exercise my creative voice and also use my ability to analyze and clearly synthesize complex information.
I remember the day I saw the advertisement for a Grant Writer/Researcher position at the art museum where I now work. The description matched my interests and strengths so strongly that I felt an almost eerie connection to it. I remember feeling chills run up and down my spine, accompanied by a strange intuition that I would end up working there.
I applied immediately, and interviewed for the position soon after. A week or two later, I received the job offer...on my birthday. (Now if that isn't a sign from the universe, then I don't know what is!) But more importantly, I don't think I could've recognized and pursued the same opportunity if I hadn't given voice to it. I may not have even allowed myself to be on the lookout for it.
I am so glad that I took the time to clarify what it was that I wanted, so that I could be open to receiving it. It's really amazing how much we can empower ourselves when we name what it is we want.
Today's To Do: Take five minutes to name something that you want to happen in the next 6 months of your life (even if it's just 1 or 2 sentences long - the more specific, the better) and hang it somewhere where you'll see it every day.
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