Lost Girl of the Week: Sera SnyderLost Girl of the Week, Volunteering & Giving Back — By Lost Girls on October 12, 2011 at 6:00 am
I was not really quite sure what I would be doing when I got “there,” but that didn’t matter, just as long as I was important and making money. I wanted to be noticed and respected and admired and I would push and push and push until I got there.
Four years after I graduated college, I was doing a good job of getting to “important.” I had landed a job at a financial services firm directly out of school and I had worked my way through a variety of positions. I was getting closer and closer to my dream every day. The problem was, I wasn’t happy. The prestige was there, or at least I felt important because I was working in my corporate job, my bank account was padded thanks to my corporate salary, but my soul was empty. I was living in motions – get up, go to work, sit at a computer, go to meetings like a zombie, and try to get excited when the board approves your proposal. Repeat.
Lucky for me, during this meaningless time in my life, I found purpose and joy volunteering my time with a local organization that married my passion for running with my desire to give back to my community, Back On My Feet. I supplemented my lack-luster corporate life with morning runs at local homeless shelters that filled my days and life with joy, happiness and a feeling of being needed. It was a past-time, a passion and fun that filled my free time. I never thought it could be more.
I do not remember the day I decided that maybe, just maybe I needed a career change or the moment I realized I could live my passion everyday and get paid for it, but I’ll forever be grateful that I realized this. I started asking myself questions like, what makes me happy? What is my mission in life? I started interview people that worked outside of corporate America and it was amazing! These people were happy AND they made great money AND they were so respected in their field.
I started paying attention to what really made me happy, not a fake happy, but a sunshine in my belly happy. I started to really dream about a new kind of success – living my life to be happy and fulfilled and I found that money and status really were not that important to me. I loved to help others live their life to their best potentials. I loved giving back and I love revolving my life around a healthy lifestyle. I started to manifest my dream career and I found it – right in front of my face.
In 6 short months, I went from a miserable career in financial services to a career working in the non-profit sector that filled each and every moment of my life with happiness. I took a job with Back on My Feet, the organization I had been volunteering with for over 2 years. My job was to help lead the running program that used running as a vehicle to build self-confidence and self esteem to the homeless population.
I was giving back, helping, feeling needed and loving my life. I found an inner peace that finance could never provide me. I also chose to go back to school part time to pursue a passion in health and nutrition. Upon graduation, I would have a degree in health coaching, another fulfilling way I can give back to those struggling with their health and nutrition choices.
I continue to live my dream every day and I feel like I never work a day in my life. After 7 months of working for Back on My Feet, I continue to ask myself everyday if I am living my mission and I push myself to fulfill my mission everyday – and now I do daily. I am now the Executive Director for the organization and it’s such a satisfying and fulfilling feeling that no money could buy.
People often ask me how I did it. How did I have the courage to leave the safety of my corporate job to work in my passion? I don’t know how to better answer this question other than to say I started to tell the truth. I started to be really honest with myself about what made me happy, not others. I started to live my dream by being true to myself. In this process, I believe I have earned the respect and admiration of others that I so ignorantly yearned for years ago. I have found “there” that place I had been looking for all those years and its better than I ever dreamed it would be.”
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