Taking an Unexpected Leap

I’ve been very busy behind the scenes working on my next project for the blog and deciding how to share it.  What I love about having this blog is that it gives me the opportunity to take the search for my next career more lightly.  Regardless of the outcome, it always results in more blogging material, which is a win for me either way.  Because of this low-pressure approach, it reminds me that I don’t have to make a serious commitment until I’m sure.  Every move I make is just a part of an experiment, a game.  There is a lot of freedom in that.  You see, if I worry too much about the outcome of every move I make in pursuit of my best career, I’ll never take action, and I’ll remain stuck.  Because of this blog, instead of worrying about the outcome, I get to wonder about the outcome.  That might not sound like a big difference, but it is HUGE!  Worrying  only prevents me from moving forward, but wondering allows me to have the courage to take action regardless of the consequences.  Besides, wondering is much more fun than worrying.  Think about the overall tone that sets for my journey.

Today I’m excited to share my next career change adventure with you.

When I was stuck in dentistry, I was very closed-minded about what I was willing to do to get out.  I knew I wanted my work to create a certain level of challenge, a certain level of income, and a certain level of providing a service that I deemed to be valuable to others.  Oh, and I was pretty sure I didn’t want to work for anyone else, despite the fact that I didn’t always see myself as the entrepreneurial type.  I also knew that because of my fear of commitment, I didn’t want to spend a lot of time and money on more school.  I didn’t exactly leave myself many options, did I?  But once I was able to actually quit, then my mind starting opening.  I started realizing that if I was going to make a change, I had to be more receptive and more creative.

It is ironic that the change itself led me to more opportunities that allowed me to change even further.

Were all of these opportunities always there, and I just didn’t see them?  YES!  Since I’ve left dentistry, my life has filled with the most random and diverse opportunities– some which I’ve chosen to pursue (blogging, weight loss business, creating a line of dry rubs,) one which I’ve decided is not quite right at this time (owning a travel website franchise,) and one that I am sporadically working on behind the scenes (a book I’m toying with writing.)  Well, the time is finally here to chronicle the latest opportunity I’ve chosen to pursue: my unlikely participation in a network marketing company.

Here’s what you can expect from this:

  • I will still maintain the theme of this blog.  It will not become a recruiting site, but instead it will be an honest description of what I experience as an individual going through this process.
  • I will only speak for myself.  It is just another piece in the puzzle of sharing the journey that I embarked on when I put down the handpiece for good.  I gave you my honest take on dentistry, and now I will give you my honest take on this next career.
  • I have a general sense, but I don’t entirely know how it is going to turn out.
  • I’m not going to share what the company or the product is because this is not about that.  Instead, this is about the ride, and maybe I’ll inspire you to do something crazy like enter a travel contest, or learn to brew beer, or even take a closer look at what else might be available to create your own change.

Up next: how it came to be.

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24 thoughts on “Taking an Unexpected Leap

  1. Hi Lolabees, this was a great read! Greatest luck to you in your endeavors.

    It’s funny you mention you were “very closed-minded about what I was willing to do to get out.” I was in a similar and opposite situation. I’ve been very close-minded about what I was wiling to do to upstart a career/a specific industry. I guess I was being very rigid, thinking too much, protecting myself too much.

    Thank you for sharing! It’s always a pleasure to read your writing.

    1. Thanks so much, shamaness! I’ve noticed from reading your blog and our interactions that you and I seem to go through some very similar mental processes. Isn’t it funny how we are searching for something but we remain closed up while doing so? I assume you have finally opened up since you made your decision?

  2. I think this is great. I believe there is a lot to learn from your adventure. I am sure you will be great at finding people to buy whatever it is you are selling. People love to buy stuff. I hope it is something related to beauty, because your natural features will help convince the ugly people they have a chance. I hope it isn’t tacky jewelry. I have too much already.

    Yummy, chicken.

    1. Thanks, Leanne. That’s very sweet of you to say. I have learned so much already in just a short time, and can’t wait to share it. It’s definitely not jewelry. Oddly, I have very little interest in jewelry. I know. I’m weird. And it’s not chicken either. 😉

  3. Fascinating! I didn’t see this coming, but it could be a lot of fun. I’m curious to know if you were sold on this idea by a person, or through researching it yourself. Perhaps both?
    I tried network marketing for a while; I did well enough with it, but it wasn’t for me.

    By the way, we were watching The Santa Clause 2 tonight, and I noticed that you resemble Elizabeth Mitchell. Ever heard that one? I just did an image search for her, and didn’t see as much resemblance, but check out this link.
    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm193895168/nm0593310

    1. I didn’t see it coming either. It was actually a series of things– a person, a product, and research. I never would have jumped in without researching it. Some people think it’s “too good to be true,” and wonder what “the catch” is, but I’ve learned that it’s really hard work! It’s not at all a business that you can sit back and do nothing and make money. and it’s definitely not for everyone. I hope to hear some of your experiences as I write more posts about it. Good to hear from you, dink!

      And I have never gotten that one before. Definitely the first time I’ve been compared to a blonde, but she beats out the time my sis-in-law said I reminded her of Amy Winehouse! 😀

  4. Have at it. I’m sure you’ll do just fine. You appear to have that wonderful mixture of curiosity, adventure, learning and the all-important, joie de vivre! Having spent a good part of my waking life immersed in right-brain thinking, I have but one thing to share with you about marketing: it’s not about what you’re getting, it’s what you think you’re getting. All the best to you and all your pursuits…;-)

    1. Hi Donna, I know that from your past comments on the blog– it’s great to always be open to knew ideas. I love that you are not afraid to change and follow what you love. 😉 Hope you are well!

  5. I have done this kind of thing in my dim and distant past, copied perfume I seem to remember, and I was quite rubbish at it, 🙂 but did make some extra spending money, I was a full time nurse at the time so it was never going to be a full on career. I think Avon is a similar thing and I know quite a few full time Avon ladies who do really well. As with anything in life, if you love it and give it your full and undivided attention, it will go well. Good luck with your new endeavour!

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