Finding Your Joy


I am frequently asked, “What do you do for a living?” “I am a strategist,” I answer and notice the eyes glaze over and see the beginnings of a catatonic state.

It never fails. I should market myself as a sleep aid or to psychiatrists as the first stage of hypnosis.

What do I do for a living? I am a strategist.

A brave soul may then ask, “What does that mean? What does a strategist do?”

Ah…now it gets interesting.

“For businesses, I help them figure out where they want to be and how to get there. For people, I help them find their joy.”

Really? Find their joy? That’s bold. How do you do that?”

“I help people remove the obstacles in their way, see what is in their heart’s desire, recognize their strengths, shore up their weaknesses, and give them a path to get from here to there.”

“Hmm…sounds interesting.”

Yes. Yes it does and it is.   In fact, it is really fun and gives me great joy.

Over the past handful of weeks, I have seen many friends and have had many conversations with them around the topics of what am I doing with my life? Is this what I am meant to do? What do I want to do next? Where do I go from here? I’m not as happy as I want to be, what can I do?

I have been very blessed to be able to listen intently, solve some problems, give sound advice, and help them see the hidden that is right in front of them.

So, when things present themselves over and over again, I think about how I can put it all together in a cohesive way to help as many people as possible. If I have had more than 6 or 7 conversations with friends around a similar topic, perhaps there are many of you in a like situation.

Whether you are a third ager, newly retired, yearning for the next adventure, getting ready for an international move, or watching your kids become very independent, you may be asking yourself, what do I want to do? What fills me? What is my passion? What is my joy?

Thus, I have challenged myself with delivering a pathway to finding your joy over the next handful of weeks.  Together, we will uncover our hidden gems, discover what gives us pleasure, determine what fills us, and seek support to remove those obstacles and nagging things that get in the way.  There is a pathway and it is waiting for you.

Join me. It will be fun and who knows? You just may find your joy.

So, from now on, when someone asks me what I do for a living, I may answer, “I am a joy finder.” Take that sleep aid.