As much as I love chasing dreams and being a go-getter when it comes to finding opportunity, there is one important lesson I have learned in a big way and that is to let God close doors. This can be applied to so many things in life.
The writing world is ripe with rejection and failed efforts and more than once I’ve wondered if it’s all worth it. I’ve thought many times that is so much easier to punch a clock and work for someone else and that’s the God’s honest truth. It is.
Though I’m home anytime my family needs me, I don’t think I’ve ever worked harder to attain that. It isn’t just wheee! I think I’ll write today and make money from it. It’s effort and promotion and practice and social media and constantly being on the hunt for projects that suit you. I have several irons in the fire at all times.
Once upon a time I was emotionally and physically weary from all of it so I applied for a few 9 to 5-ers because I just wanted peace and quiet and an easy, carved out steady income.
So I applied for a job with an organization I just knew I’d be a shoo-in for. I had already worked with them several times in an unpaid capacity and I thought I was really suited for the people and the environment. So I applied and interviewed and had a so-so but very hopeful feeling about it.
After weeks of waiting, I found out I didn’t get the job. I was really bummed about it. I gave an update on the job search in an online mastermind group I was a part of and I talked about how disappointed I was.
A woman I didn’t even know said something I’ll always remember. She said:
“Maybe God is trying to protect you from something.”
Whoooooo doggggggy was she right. A nuclear bomb went off within that organization soon afterwards and I (eventually) walked away feeling grateful.
And I knew what I was doing at the time. I wanted an out from writing where I could breathe easier and avoid the painful possibility of failure on my own.
I guarantee if I would have gotten that job or any of the others I applied for, I wouldn’t have had the guts to stick this out and I wouldn’t get to enjoy the opportunities now as they keep popping up on the horizon.
God knows what He’s doing. Let Him close doors. No matter how badly you think you might want them open.
Speaking of which, I have had a big opportunity come up!
I was invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in February 2017. It’s an invitation-only conference that is a huge invite in my mom blogging world. It’s a conference for moms and digital influencers hosted by Disney.
It isn’t free to attend, but I am working on possibly rounding up a few sponsors for the trip so I can breathe a little easier about the cost.
The conference starts at the Walt Disney World Park and includes a resort stay and then a 3 day Cruise aboard a Disney Cruise Ship.
I’m excited for the chance to attend, but I really want to stay grounded and remember that I won’t die if this door closes. I would be thrilled to take my family with me as I “work” at Disney but I will be okay if it doesn’t happen just yet.
I will be sure to shout it from the rooftops if it works out. But until then, cheers! Keep chasing those dreams and remember to embrace those closed doors.
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