The transition into purpose-driven, meaningful work can be intimidating. It involves taking risks, facing uncertainty, and trying new things. It takes courage. These Purpose Profiles spotlight clients who have done just that. They are men and women just like you, with bills, kids, debt, and dreams. Their career journeys all look a little different, but what they have in common is the pursuit of a career that feels like home. I hope getting a glimpse of their stories will inspire you.
Here's Shannon's story...
What kind of work were you doing before we worked together, and how did you know that you needed to make a change in your career?
I was working for a Fortune 100 financial services company as the right hand to a Managing Director. Regional Administrator was my title. I knew I needed to make a change because I was making 6 figures and was still miserable. I heard a little voice in the back of my head (heart? gut?) all day saying, “This is meaningless. You could be doing something that matters to you. You are wasting your life. It’s not all about the money.”
What is your Homecoming Career, and what makes it meaningful to you?
I am currently running a boutique branding and marketing studio with my best friend and business partner - Papermoon Creatives. It’s meaningful to me because I’ve always had an interest in marketing. In high school and college, I competed in marketing competitions and won first place at a National level - twice. I had dabbled in copywriting as a side gig for years. I enjoyed watching commercials and creating tag-lines as a small child (yes, really - created my first one for my neighbors band at the ripe age of eight). Marketing was always an interest. Full disclosure: I didn’t get here right away following Your Career Homecoming. I started a different business - a life coaching business - and ran that as my Crossfade job for about six months. I realized those conversations with clients were not the ones I wanted to be having, and joined up with my 20-year-tenured graphic designer bestie to move forward with Papermoon. Just wanted to throw that out there, because the transition was a bit messy and muddled! And that is SO important for all of you to know.
How has focusing on purpose changed things for you?
Focusing on purpose as well as the working conditions and factors that matter most to me has changed me in a number of ways.
I sleep better. I smile more. I no longer spend hours of my day simply longing for something more. I am more relaxed. I feel more like myself… authentic…like I have arrived somewhere I was supposed to be. I spend less money because I want for less. Mind you, I am making literally a small fraction of what I used to make. But in a way it feels like I've hit the jackpot. I'm less prone to fill voids through purchasing things (something I justified heavily as necessity when I was working in my "old life"). I feel more at ease and more relaxed.
What would you tell someone who wants to do more meaningful work?
Plan for it. Save the money. Learn as much as humanly possible before you quit your job. Shadow people who are doing the job you think you want to do. Interview them. Toss the rose colored glasses (keep it real - there are pieces that stink about every job we have). Purpose-driven does not equal perfection. Consider all sides of what you are about to embark on. You love to paint and you want to make money from it? Do you enjoy selling, accounting, and other entrepreneurial tasks? Make sure you look at the compleeeete picture of every job possibility as you are funneling your choices!