“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – That quote is from Maya Angelou, who passed away in 2014. I recently read a great article highlighting her amazing life that really got me thinking and reflecting: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/12/maya-angelou-obit-113845.html#.VKQjNivF9Ck.
This time of year, there are Top 10 lists for everything from notable deaths to craziest outfits at an awards show: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/there-are-way-too-many-best-of-2014-lists/.
I love it all! New Year’s is one of my favorite times of the year. I love looking back and remembering all of the noteworthy things that have happened in my own life. Nowadays, my fondest moments involve my kids – the trip we took home to the east coast this summer, my son learning to read, and what a breakout year it has been for my daughter, who is quickly (too quickly!) leaving toddlerhood behind and becoming a real kid.
In reading Angelou’s quote, I thought that one thing in particular resonates with so many of us, which is whatever you do in life, you should make it count. As each year passes, we are becoming a society who values being happy not only at home, but also at work. “Do what you love, love what you do,” (“DWYL”) is not a trend that is going to go away. I often write about work-life balance as a mom: http://moonlightingapp.com/stifling-the-guilty-voices-in-my-head-how-i-took-control-of-my-schedule-and-my-life/ . Liking what you do is an integral part of the balancing act if you want to be happy. I get that sometimes work is just work, and you can’t always be thrilled and delighted with every facet of it. But if you can find a way to do what you love, and get paid for it, why on earth wouldn’t you?
They say that technology has been the great equalizer, removing barriers and making things that were rare and expensive 30 years ago, commonplace. Want to learn about something you know nothing about? Today, technology provides information at the click of a button. Want to catch up with someone from the east coast, but you’re in California? Call them – long distance no longer exists. Better yet, Skype or FaceTime them. Or hit them up on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. You get my point. And how quickly it was that social media came into existence and grew to the point that it’s the new normal? Technology creates change so fast – let’s watch and see what evolves in the next 2, 5, and 10 years. As for the modernization of our workforce, technology is leading our evolution into a sharing economy. My company Moonlighting harnesses the speed and immediacy of mobile to unlock opportunities and grant people access to freelancing, so they can work, play and live on their own terms. And people can freelance and do what they love to do, when they want to do it. Isn’t that a great answer to not getting chained to a desk at a job you hate? Even if you have to keep the job and moonlight on the side, at least you now have the ability to do what you enjoy doing, and you can even pursue it as your next fulltime job…a job you love in 2015.
By Jennie Deege, Director of Business Development