Quick question for you today, My Dear...
What do you spend most of your days doing, exactly?
Are you a baker? A plumber? A radio host? A ballerina? A frozen-yogurt taste-taster?
(If you said yes to that last one, I would like to hereby invite you to be my very. best. friend. Seriously... When’s our next date?)
The concept of making an impact has been on my mind a lot lately, and after recently hearing from a handful of friends about the ways that they try to bless others, I've seen a recurring theme start to emerge… Maybe you can relate?
There is a silver-handled struggle around how to swirl our vocation and our purpose together, and it seems to be especially sticky for folks who feel like their day job might be less than meaningful.
(Yet, it's quite obvious that your meaning blows the roof off of this ice cream stand, Darling.)
I used to assume that the two ingredients should be kept separate in order to stand out on their own, but I'm delighted to find that they’re even more delicious when liberally mixed together like your favorite combination of artfully layered flavors.
*Insert tummy-rumble here.*
Adopting this blended mindset has completely shifted the way that I approach my career, and it started simply with the smallest tweaks to the details of each work-day...
> The customer service rep on the phone at Apple? Believe that she genuinely wants to help you, and tell her that even the sound of her smile through the phone line is beginning to brighten up your darkened screen.
> The barista who makes your latte each day? He’ll happily add an extra flourish to the foam, and your words of praise will crowd out the complaints from crummy customers about his overly-careful (but delicious!) cappuccinos.
> The needy client stressing about a deadline? Patiently holding her hand through a new process teaches her to trust your efforts, and she’ll be grateful for your kindness that provides a bright spot between her boss’s rants during a busy week.
Instead of constantly trying to think bigger, move farther, and achieve more in my businesses, I’m working toward the following approach:
I've seen how the effects of weaving my purpose in to my career path can impact more people than I would have thought, and I’m excited to keep mixing up creative combinations that one might never expect!
Now take a minute to tell me: Do you make a conscious effort to pair your purpose with your paying job? Does the pull of impactful work outside the office or home keep you craving the connections that come from serving your community?
Sincerely hoping your week has felt both short and sweet, and that this weekend you’ll indulge yourself in an impeccably icy treat. ;)
XOXO - Jessie Pepper
Ps. - My friend Jess writes a lot of (very well-strung) words about this week’s topic, and I love her take on whipping up JUST the right mixture with something she calls a purpose equation. Check it out for a little extra reading, and be sure to let me know what you think!