Most of us had that day in Kindergarten when the teacher asked us to share what we wanted to be when we grew up. At least I hope all of us are asked that question by an inspiring teacher or parent. If you weren’t, then I’m asking you now, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Your childhood dreams and the dreams you have right now have a purpose in your overall story. They can give us clues about how God has uniquely gifted us for this time in all of history.
My mom reminded me many years later what my answer was to that question. It was a bit different from the rest of the class to say the least.
The kids in my Kindergarten class covered the gamut of big ambitions: superheroes, doctors, nurses, lawyers, firefighters, farmers, astronauts, business owners, inventors, dancers, gymnasts, artists, pros in all the sports, and the list went on.
But not me. I wanted to be the “Cart Lady.”
As you would imagine, this sparked further discussion with my teacher and my very concerned mother.
When I had the chance to explain to them, I shared that I wanted to be the person at the hospital that went room to room with the cart that delivered the candy, gifts, and flowers. The people at the hospital were sick and hurting but whenever they saw the person come by with the cart, it cheered them up and made them smile. I wanted to be that person who could take someone from having a bad day to helping them have a good one.
So that was in Kindergarten. Fast forward to high school and college and my career aspirations weren’t so clear anymore. It got confusing. Choosing a career and a college that matched my gifts and talents became complicated. The path was anything but straight and clear.
Before I found my sweet spot with iBloom, my career path had circles and forks and a few dead ends but thankfully God brought me to right where I needed to be. I’m thankful to say that after having several jobs that just didn’t fit, I am RIGHT where I want to be and doing just what I said I wanted to do in Kindergarten.
iBloom’s mission is to inspire women all over the world to live a life they love. That’s much bigger than my goal as the cart lady but God planted that seed in my heart so long ago. Although it wasn’t a clear path, I know now that part of the reason it didn’t all line up perfectly was because iBloom didn’t even exist before I needed it to be there. It is also clear now that I learned valuable lessons at each job I had and each one prepared me for what I do now and who I am today. He truly does work all things for the good of those who love Him. Yes, your childhood dreams have a purpose & can help lead you to a life full of adventure & meaning.
Looking back, I wish I had spent less time worrying about my career and where I fit in the world and spent more time enjoying where God had me at the time; believing that He was and is in control. If you are in a season where it isn’t clear what your next steps should be, maybe you:
- just retired
- just became an empty nester
- you just graduated from college
- you lost someone you love
- aren’t happy with your job right now
Whatever the reason for needing big dreams again, I encourage you to spend time praying and thanking God for being sovereign over every detail of your story. Trust Him and believe that He has a plan for your life and that His plan is better than you could imagine or orchestrate on your own. Just keep taking the next step toward the desires God has placed in your heart, learning the skills that could help you in those areas, and trust that He is more than able to fit all of the pieces together.