Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen ~
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you are looking for signs of what you should be doing in your life, they will appear. It CAN BE that simple.
I was fired on the same date my brother died 21 years ago. Given the number of days in a year and the number of days in the last 21 years when something significant like this could happen on
February 16th, I’m going to say it means something. I’m not exactly sure what, but…here’s where I went with it.
My brother was an artist, a handsome devil of a man, who died too early, at 34. I believe that he died because he didn’t follow his dream. His dream of being an artist. I’m taking this event as a sign that I must follow my creativity and follow what I want in the world, don’t hold back, hold myself to my own standards and thinking. Don’t kill myself doing something I don’t want to do. GO.
I don’t know how it will end but I do know how it begins.
On February 22nd, I posted about being fired and what I would be doing next. Something with writing – intention set – check.
I promised myself to take the time to grieve, not stress too much, not fret, to have courage – it would all work out in the way things always do and then I watched it all unfold, from the past to the now.
In 2005, when I left the job I was working, I was given a copy of a book that is published by an agency that specializes in writing and strategic communications. The book is personal creative writing of the people who work at this firm. They publish it annually to keep their own creativity moving. The person giving it, knowing I was a writer thought I would enjoy reading it. I read it and put it in a drawer somewhere. When I moved in 2008, I got rid of nearly everything I owned, so I no longer have it.
Fast forward seven years.
I’m sitting across the table at a Thai restaurant from a recruiter and she says “Have you ever heard of this strategic communications firm?”
“I’ve seen them, but they are in Vancouver. Who wants to work in Vancouver?”
“Have you seen their building, because if you see it, you’ll know that if you HAVE to be in Vancouver, this is the place to be.”
This was only two weeks after losing my job, so I wasn’t quite ready to REALLY talk to people yet. So, I replied “Let’s wait and see how things go.”
I emailed her about a week or so later and asked to be introduced, because I kept thinking about it.
She said “I’ll introduce you, but let’s wait a little longer.”
A few weeks go by and at the end of March I get an email, from said agency, that says “Our CEO, received your resume from someone on the Agency Roundtable that she attends.” They attached a job description and asked if I wanted to come talk to them.
Synchronicity. I called and said yes!
Who gets a job interview like this? Maybe a lot of people, I don’t know. I also don’t know who gave her my resume, it wasn’t the recruiter, that I do know. Whoever it was, thank you.
When I got to the interview I sat down on the sofa and saw the same book, I was given in 2005 when I left that job, which I had forgotten until that day. Synchronicity!
I spent the next couple of weeks interviewing. There were multiple other shining moments of synchronicity, in addition to sweeping views of the Columbia River, but I was still questioning it, it was almost too good to be true. It was like I was in a movie and everything in the world was saying this is the next step – follow me, but I wasn’t convinced and I kept thinking what is going on? – and then something magical happened, they sent me a job offer.
There have been other options in the last few weeks, other dangling carrots, but I’m trusting that all the signs are pointing me in the right direction. If there is this much energy flowing here, I’m going with it.
I accepted that offer today. It surprises me to say that, but it’s how it all came together.
To be clear, I didn’t sit back and think about what I wanted and wish it would come to me. I set a clear intention – acted – I wrote a manifesto from my heart, that represents me and how I am in the world – I knew that people who didn’t like it wouldn’t like me – and I used it as a cover letter – you can see the latest version of it here – I sent that out to a few key people and then I networked some, and in return I received.
And the next chapter – BEGINS.
The universe delivers. intention – action – reception.
What are your intentions? You are powerful.