fOR A LONG TIME I PONDERED WHAT MY PURPOSE WAS. WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO? WHAT KIND OF CAREER SHOULD I PURSUE? HOW CAN I MAKE A BIG IMPACT? YOU KNOW HOW SOME PEOPLE KNEW WHAT KIND OF CAREER THEY WANTED SINCE THEY WERE A KID? LUCKY LOSERS! HAHA NOT ME! MY DREAM WAS TO MODEL (WHICH I DO NOW) BUUUT I STILL FELT LIKE I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO SOMETHING MORE THAN JUST THAT. I WENT TO COLLEGE AND I WAS UNSURE OF WHAT I SHOULD MAJOR IN. I EVENTUALLY CHOSE MASS COMMUNICATIONS WITH A CONCENTRATION IN BROADCAST JOURNALISM. IN HIGH SCHOOL, I TOOK A JOURNALISM CLASS AND ENJOYED IT SO I DECIDED TO FOCUSED MY ATTENTION THERE. PLUS, IT WAS THE MOST CREATIVE MAJOR AT MY SCHOOL AT THE TIME.

IN COLLEGE, I DISCOVERED A LOVE FOR SERVICE WHILE WORKING WITH AN ORGANIZATION I FOUNDED, “DANCING INTO WOMANHOOD”. EVERY WEEK MY FRIENDS AND I WOULD GO TO A LOW INCOME HOUSING PROJECT AND TEACH WOMANHOOD AND DANCE CLASSES TO LITTLE GIRLS. IT WAS BEYOND FULFILLING! I WISHED MY CAREER COULD BE PHILANTHROPY BUT I WASN’T BORN WITH A SILVER SPOON IN MY MOUTH SO I HAD TO HAVE A PAYING GIG, YA DIG? I SOON REALIZED I COULDN’T FORCE JOURNALISM TO BE MY PASSION. SENIOR YEAR CAME QUICKLY AND I FELT LOST. I DIDN’T WANT TO GET A MASTER’S IN A FIELD THAT I WASN’T PASSIONATE ABOUT BUT WHAT WAS I SUPPOSED TO DO? I HAD BEEN TOLD ALL MY LIFE TO GET AN EDUCATION. MY MOM AND DAD HAVE MASTER’S DEGREES SO I FELT LIKE I WAS SUPPOSED TO GO A STEP ABOVE THEM. SO, I APPLIED TO IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY AND WAS ACCEPTED WITH A SCHOLARSHIP. I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HAPPY, RIGHT? I WASN’T.

IT WAS THE SUMMER AFTER I GRADUATED AND MY FAMILY AND I WERE EATING AT PIZZA INN. FOR SOME REASON WE ALL HAD FORTUNE COOKIES. I DON’T KNOW HOW THE HECK WE GOT THEM AT A PIZZA SPOT.  ANYWAY, I FORGET WHAT MY FORTUNE COOKIE SAID EXACTLY BUT IT SPARKED A CONVERSATION ABOUT GRAD SCHOOL. MY MOM SAID, “CHIME, DID YOU THINK ABOUT STAYING HERE FOR A WHILE AND NOT GOING TO GRADUATE SCHOOL?” Y’ALL, I WAS BEYOND SHOCKED! I LOOKED UP AND SAID, “WELL, I REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO AS FAR AS A CAREER SO I FEEL LIKE THIS DEGREE WILL BE A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY”. RIGHT THEN AND THERE I DECIDED I WASN’T GOING. IT WAS COMFORTING TO KNOW MY PARENTS WERE OKAY WITH IT. OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, I EXPLORED MY CAREER OPTIONS. REAL ESTATE AND ADVERTISING WERE BOTH FOCUSES AT ONE POINT BUT NOTHING FIT. THIS IS WHEN I BEGAN TO PRAY FOR GUIDANCE.

I WAS UNEMPLOYED FOR A WHILE SO I DECIDED TO VOLUNTEER AT SALLY KATE WINTER’S CHILDREN HOME FOR FOSTER YOUTH. IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I FELT LIKE I HAD TO DO. DURING THIS TIME, I STARTED MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL. I WAS INCREDIBLY NERVOUS ABOUT THIS. WHAT WOULD PEOPLE SAY? WOULD PEOPLE LIKE ME? WOULD THEY WATCH? IT’S INCREDIBLY HARD TO PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION. I PUSHED FEAR ASIDE AND POSTED MY FIRST VIDEO. THE RESPONSE WAS AMAZING!

AFTER WORKING AT SALLY KATE WINTER’S HOME FOR SIX MONTHS THEY HIRED ME AND A YEAR AFTER THAT THERE WAS A JOB OPENING IN JACKSON, MS AS AN INDEPENDENT LIVING SPECIALIST WORKING WITH FOSTER YOUTH. I GOT THE JOB AND I MOVED FAIRLY QUICKLY. I NEVER SAW MYSELF HAVING A CAREER WHERE I SERVED BECAUSE I ALWAYS KNEW THESE KINDS OF JOBS DIDN’T PAY WELL BUT I NOW KNOW THESE ARE THE JOBS THAT PAY THE MOST SPIRITUALLY. LONG STORY SHORT, I HAVE A JOB WHERE I CAN BE OF SERVICE ON A DAILY BASIS. I KNOW THAT I’M SUPPOSED TO HELP GUIDE YOUNG WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED AND ARE LOST. I NEVER SAW MYSELF HERE BUT THIS IS WHERE I SHOULD BE FOR NOW. MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL HAS GROWN TO OVER 200,000 SUBSCRIBERS. I CAN’T EVEN COMPREHEND THAT THOSE ARE ACTUAL PEOPLE LOL AND SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES HAVE OPENED FOR ME INCLUDING WRITING FOR CAROL’S DAUGHTER’S TRANSITIONING MOVEMENT, ESSENCE MAGAZINE AND MODELING FOR NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS. WHO WOULD HAVE THUNK IT? YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO WILL THINGS IN YOUR LIFE. ALWAYS SEEK THE LIGHT AND HAVE THE UTMOST CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF AND YOUR ABILITIES.

MY PLAN WAS TO FIND A CAREER I LOVED AND MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY. GROWING UP, MY FAMILY STRUGGLED A LOT FINANCIALLY SO ACQUIRING A LARGE SALARY WAS MUY IMPORTANTE` TO ME.  BUT I’VE LEARNED THAT MONEY WILL COME EVENTUALLY.  YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT’S PLEASING TO THE CREATOR AND TO YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. RUNNING FROM YOUR PURPOSE AND MAKING YOUR OWN PLANS WON’T AFFORD YOU THE LIFE YOU DESIRE.

MAYBE YOUR LIFE IS A PRETTY WRAPPED PACKAGE ON THE OUTSIDE BUT THE INSIDE IS EMPTY OR MAYBE EVERYONE CAN SEE THAT YOUR LIFE IS FALLING APART AT THE SEAMS.  ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LISTEN AND TAKE ACTION. NO TWO PATHS ARE ALIKE AND YOURS MAY CHANGE THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE. MAYBE GOD IS CALLING YOU TO HELP SOMEONE WHO IS TAKING CARE OF AN ELDERY PERSON OR AID SOMEONE WHO IS OBESE AND NEEDS HELP AND MOTIVATION TO LOSE WEIGHT. LISTEN TO THE LORD AND HE WILL TELL YOU. ALL OF OUR CORE PURPOSES ARE TO BE SERVANTS OF GOD.

IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT KIND OF CAREER I HAVE, “A LIFE WITHOUT PURPOSE IS NOT REALLY A LIFE”. I CAN BE DIRT POOR OR OPRAH RICH BUT MY PURPOSE REMAINS THE SAME. DECIDE TO LIVE ON PURPOSE TODAY.

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