Yes, cliche, but stick with me.
When it comes to meeting "the one" or finding the dream job, people who've made it love to share this almost useless not-really-advice advice: "When you know, you know." Now, let me tell you why I said almost.
First, allow me to introduce myself. I'm Sophia. I'm a wedding and event calligrapher. I'm a Christian. I'm Nigerian American. I love yellow. I have a Master's degree in international educational development. I'm nearly six feet tall. I am an expert at telling designers on HGTV what they should have done. I usually have to hear a song 15 times before I like it (except for the rare gem of a song that I love on the first listen). I am obsessed with Gordon Ramsay. And if I had unlimited wealth, I'd have a tiny island all to myself where I would be a shepherd (shepherdess?).
Aside from hopefully entertaining you, that list gives you a better picture of who I am. And if I went on to include every hobby and habit, that would be the longest introduction ever. Still, all of it would be a sign post to who I am now. I read a bomb quote on Pinterest (because that's where all the bomb quotes are) that said:
"your handwriting. the way you walk. which china pattern you choose.
it's all giving you away. everything you do shows your hand.
everything is a self portrait. everything is a diary."
- Chuck Palahniuk
Look at Your Self-Portrait
When you look at everything you like, everything you do, what does it tell you? Maybe you're good at encouraging people. Maybe you know how to connect other people to each other.
All of that is evidence for who you are; it hints to who you should be with; it points to the community you'll belong to; it foreshadows your dream job; it tells you about your purpose.
I love creating beautiful things. Period. My handwriting has always been enviable. I've found myself teaching painting classes at the hospital when I was supposed to be volunteering and trying to be pre-med. I love every excuse to celebrate. When words (spoken or in a song or written) stand out to me, my brain will not let me move on until I write it -- even if it's just with my finger "writing" on my palm.
When you know, you know.
When I take stock of all that I am, I know this is what I am supposed to do. I can't help but to do what I do. Working with you on a project is more than just a job for me, it is something I am clearly hardwired to do. It would be more than my pleasure to use all that I am to add beauty to your celebration. Let's work together!
If you look back on all the things that make you you, what evidence do you see that tells you that you're perfectly suited for the life you want to live? (Comment below.)