Motivation

One Quick Exercise to Answer the Question, “What Makes Me Happy?”

How to get to your happy spot

Many people ask themselves the question… “What should I be doing?”, “What really makes me happy?” and/or  “What is my passion?”

Unfortunately, this post may not answer these questions, but I have an exercise, that I participated in a few days ago, that will help you get very close.

However, the older I get, the more important I realized how important my journey is.

The journey of life.

Last week, I watched a video where Oprah said, “Stop wasting time! Stop acting like you have all the time in the world! You have a limited time to do what you desire to do, start now!”

She is right. Time is of the essence and we deserve to be happy, but sometimes we need a push to actually see what makes us happy.

How to Find Your Happy Spot: 

  1. List your top 3 favorite jobs you’ve had over your life and explain why?
  2. Or list your top 3 life experiences you’ve had and why?

When I was asked to do this, I couldn’t list 3 jobs that I actually “Loved” over my lifetime. I was able to mention one job. I worked with the U.S. Census in 2010 and loved it.

I loved it because:

  • I worked from home & made my own schedule.
  • I believed in the purpose of the census so it was very easy for me to present the information.
  • I traveled around the State of Georgia doing presentations for Mayors, City Councilman, School Principals, and Community Leaders about why the census is important & how to get their team involved.
  • I saw my boss a few times a week & she trusted me to do my job (no micromanagement).

It’s so sad that I’ve been working since I was 14 and besides working with the census, I’ve never had a job that I can say I actually LOVED.

So, I selected 3 experiences that I loved:

  • Visiting the White House as a Social Media Correspondent to cover an event.
  • Sitting 10 feet from Oprah at the Live Your Life tour as media.
  • Having the opportunity to work with BMWK (top relationship site for African Americans).

What is the common theme in all of these experiences and job? Can you guess?

It is communication. 

It was pointed out to me that I enjoy communicating. I enjoy & light up when I present information via writing, video, and/or presentations. Also, all these experiences that I loved were because of the way I communicated.

Fun fact: I majored in Communication when I went to college. I changed it to Marketing based off of bad research. This is one of my many regrets!

I was excited to learn that communication & helping people is my happy spot.

Will I use it to further my blog business? Will I now look for a job where I can apply the skills that bring a smile to my face? It doesn’t matter, as long as I use this information to continue to bring joy in my life in some form.

Now that I see the common thread of what brings me joy, I will be intentional going forward with the projects I accept.

Is your happy spot your passion? That is a question only you can answer. 

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