Each time someone asks me that question, I find myself pausing for a mini-review of where I am in life at that moment.
The experiences of relationships, work, and play that were key to my happiness as a young woman still provide me happy memories. And the actual activities that bring me well-being are different than those of my younger years.
It’s fun to notice the evolution of my own well-being in the areas of health, work, and relationships. I imagine what brings well-being in your life also has changed with time.
What different kind of work experiences have been most rewarding for you? Large groups, small groups, going solo as an expert or a creative?
I’ve experimented over the years with all of these work experiences. As I’ve learned more and more about what brings me well-being, my career path has changed to reflect that knowledge.
As part of becoming more aware of myself, it was fascinating to see how my earliest career choices were influenced by the expectations of my family. Within those expectations, I was fortunate at first to find a way to combine my problem-solving skills and technical abilities with my love of the out-of-doors, and work as an earth scientist.
Yet unconscious influences beyond my awareness at the time brought me into larger and larger groups where I could use abilities like long-term planning and strategy design to serve the purpose of the group.
While the groups thrived, I found my own well-being under greater and greater tension, until I chose to align my talents with a small business environment that fostered my enjoyment of empowering people to express their own leadership and creativity.
And as I continued my own personal development, I gained greater clarity about the specific roots of my happiness at work and home. Having the time for personal creativity led to me leaving the group enviroments and I’ve found well-being in a private consulting arena.
As for specific experiences along an evolving career path, they’ll be continued in more detail in a future post.