A couple years ago I quit my high-paying job because it was making me stressed and unhappy. I took the time off to work on my mental health and figure out what I really wanted to do in life.
After a whole lotta soul-searching, I came to the realization that my one true calling was to create this blog, Mindaya. I wanted to help people, because I didn’t want anyone else to feel the way I was feeling at my worst (which you can read about here!).
Fast forward to today – I have my own online business, my mental health is in the BEST condition it’s ever been in, and I feel genuinely fulfilled. It was with this new, healthy mindset that I realized I was ready to go back to my 9-5 job. Why? because I knew that in order to make my dream work (this blog), I needed to have some extra money to help make it great. But this time, I wasn’t going to let my 9-5 job take over my life. Nope – this time, it was going to be on my own terms.
I’m now working again at the job I had years ago, but it’s a whole lot different now – that is, a whole lot better. So I thought I’d share with you how exactly I made this happen. *Spoiler alert* – it all came down to manifesting!
So to anyone else who feels “stuck” in a job or a routine that they don’t like or that makes them unhappy – I want you to know that you too have the power in you to choose what you want. Whether that’s quitting a job to find a better one, or finding the confidence to ask for what YOU want in your current job – it’s all totally possible!
Here are the things that you need to know when it comes to manifesting your dream job
1. You need to know what you want
Before going any further, you need to take some time to make a goal plan and figure out what will truly make you happy on a deep level. This is going to take a lot of inner-work, so make sure you spend some time on this.
For me, I discovered that the two things that would make me happy were:
- Using my creative talents
- Not working a ton of hours
I know that I’m not the type of person that can handle boatloads of work. I just don’t have it in me. I need my rest and relaxation time – and a lot of it.
I also know that I need to be creative to feel fulfilled. This is something that is really important to my wellbeing.
At the time, my 9-5 job wasn’t giving me these two things that I needed. It wasn’t allowing me to express my creative potential, and it was far too demanding of my time.
So I knew that to combat this, I needed to do two things: first, I needed to carve out a creative outlet for myself. Enter this blog, Mindaya! Second, I needed to significantly reduce my hours at my desk job (so that I could have enough time to spend on my creative outlet!).
2. You need to ask for what you want
The next order of business in manifesting your dream job is to actually ask for it. I know this can be difficult (especially when it means asking your boss – eek!), but it’s a necessary step if you want to live a life that will make you happy.
For me, I knew that I needed to talk to my boss about my hours. So I straight-up told them exactly what I wanted – less hours, and the ability to work remotely.
Luckily, I had a great rapport with them already because I used to work with them (and they liked me!), so this was something that they were willing to agree to. Success!
The funny thing is, it was all so easy! It never occurred to me before that I could just ask for what I wanted, but that’s really all it took!
So once you know what you want, just ask for it. You may be surprised at what you’ll get!
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3. You need to know your worth
When I was working at this job before, I wasn’t getting paid nearly as much as I am now. It was actually a stroke of luck that I saw the job posting online – and they were offering a lot more than I was making at the time!
This was probably to entice more experienced people to apply, but I knew that I was worth that much as well, even though I was less experienced.
It can be uncomfortable asking for money, I know. I was certainly uncomfortable when I asked for that much, but the one thing I’ve come to realize is that you need to know your own value. Don’t be ashamed of putting a good price on yourself! For me, I knew that they would get their moneys worth when they hired me at that salary – I knew I was worth that much.
4. You need to be flexible
Although I’m now working my job on my own terms, it still may not be my “dream job” forever and ever. I know this. However, at the moment, it’s allowing me to live my dream lifestyle – and that’s the main thing. I know that in the future, my priorities may change and evolve, and this job may also change and evolve. And that’s totally okay.
So when it comes to manifesting your dream job, always remember that nothing is set in stone. Life changes every day, week, month, and year – and you will inevitably change along with it. This is a beautiful thing, because change = growth. So don’t get too attached to your current situation, whatever it may be. Things may surprise you down the road!
Sagesse ("Say Jess")
Owner of Mindaya