COMBINING YOUR PASSION AND YOUR CAREERI read recently that “It’s a beautiful thing when career and passion come together.” These words spoke deeply to me. For the first time in my life, I can honestly say I am experiencing the convergence of passion and career…and loving it!

For years, I struggled with doubt that I had made a mistake pursuing my degree in Human Relations and Business for a career in HR. In fact, I resented doing the”practical” thing. Since the age of 4, I wanted to be a writer. I wanted a degree in Creative Writing or Journalism, so badly. I wanted to travel the world and share my experiences through the written word. But, I had made choices that required me to think realistically. Time did not allow me the luxury of fighting the uphill battle to being a paid writer and author. I had three little mouths to feed and I wasn’t going to let them down. I kept saying to myself, “When they grow up and get out on their own, it will be your time.”

To my surprise and delight, I have been on the writer’s path all along. I didn’t realize that every job I took, I was honing my writing skills with newsletters and employee communication. During faith activities, I was writing and sharing my experiences of actual proof. Over the years, I journaled and wrote children’s stories. In 2007, I wrote a screenplay just for the fun of it and submitted to contests. And now, because of the internet and blogs, I am able to share my thoughts with whoever happens to land on my page. Each of these opportunities have assisted me with raising my self-confidence and overcoming the fears of sharing my deepest thoughts with loved ones and strangers alike.

A wise woman and Life Coach, Vicki Cockrell, shared with me that “the right thing is happening right now.” No truer words have been spoken. There is no room for regret…only room for gratitude and knowing that every life moment provides us with an opportunity. Every opportunity is a learning moment and a chance to gain experience and discover our passion.

YES. “It’s a beautiful thing when career and passion come together.”

– Heather McBride, SPHR
Human Resources Professional & Writer