It’s been a little while since I’ve done an actual blog post. I’ve been posting more podcasts recently, which if you haven’t checked it out, you can see the latest podcast here.
On top of all that, I’m just now recovering from a cold, but I am thankful to be back and super inspired to share with you all new content.
I wanted to talk briefly about working a 9-5 or any job at that and walking boldly and freely in purpose. Often times, I think we assume purpose only equates to big stages, working from home, full time ministry, and the list goes on. But I think the biggest lie we believe is that purpose is only for those who don’t work a 9-5 just like the “rest of us.” And this my friends, is so not true. The truth is purpose isn’t just for a certain group of people, it is for all of us. God desires us all walking in purpose whether we work at Burger King, work in a corporate office or we’re working in retail. For so long in my Christian journey, I thought that my purpose had to look a certain type of way and that’s simply not the case.
Let me shed some light on my life, hopefully this will help you see that it’s possible to operate in purpose and work a 9-5 too. From 9:30-5:30 Tuesday through Saturday, I work as the brand rep for a really large company here in Atlanta. Outside of that, I’m a blogger, I’m a worship leader at my church, I’m the community coordinator for my worship team, I sometimes partner with other bloggers, businesses on certain projects and I am also working on multiple projects that are scheduled to be released in December and January 2018! I cannot wait to share those things with you all.
My plate is full to say the least, but I believe that I am graced to live the life I live. I have SO much favor on my job it’s not even funny and I’m still able to do the things I love. Do I believe I’m called to that job? No. I don’t believe it’s my calling, but I do believe I have purpose there and I’m being prepared to operate my own business one day through that job. I believe that God is using me at that job for a season and so I am choosing to remain faithful AND grateful even if I’m not a huge fan of it.
I just want to reedderate this for you in case you’re at a job you don’t really like. Listen, you can still have purpose still while working the job God wants you to be at. It doesn’t mean you’ll be there forever, but I have learned to just make the most of where God has me and this truly brings me JOY.
And that brings me this truth: you can still walk in purpose even at your 9-5. In fact, I think the biggest lie is that we can’t which is simply not true. What do you feel called to? Maybe it’s starting a small group at your church, or creating a blog, or maybe it’s writing a book. Whatever it is, don’t allow a job to keep you from enjoying your life and walking in purpose. Because you see, you literally only get one life here on Earth and I just believe that God wants us operating fully in our purposes while we are here. I don’t know about you, but I refuse to let my job stop me from doing what I love and you shouldn’t either.
I want to encourage you with a few simple things that have completely changed the way I view my 9-5 and I pray it encourages you to actually show up to your life and LIVE it to the fullest. There’s so much to see beyond your workplace. So, if you’ve been feeling stuck just waking up, going to work, coming home and doing it all over again, apply these tips to your week and I guarantee you’ll grow more and more into the woman God wants you to be.
- Manage your time well – In order to fulfill what God is placing on your heart, you must have self-discipline especially with your time. There are 24-hours in a day, you probably work for 8 hours, eat, sleep, etc. – what are you doing with the rest of your time? Ask yourself, what can I do less of so that I can accomplish what dreams God has placed inside of me? Maybe it’s cutting out T.V. time, social media….identify those time wasters and get busy doing what God is asking you to do. You’ll feel absolutely amazing when you manage your time well. And you won’t dread your 9-5 because you KNOW your life is beyond that workplace.
- Take care of yourself – You might be thinking, what does this have to do with purpose? Trust me. It matters because if you are waking up, going to work and taking care of everything else and everyone else but yourself, you are going to feel drained, unmotivated and burned out. Take time to invest in yourself. Spending time with The Lord should definitely be number 1; as we cannot walk in purpose without Him. But also, find ways to treat yourself weekly. Paint your nails, do your hair, put on makeup, or just do something YOU love. Pouring into yourself will position you to pour out to others without feeling drained. TRUST ME.
- Schedule “office hours” – I actually learned this from my worship pastor. She has specific times during the week where she works on different projects. For me, I usually have these “office hours” on Sundays and Mondays. During this time, I write a blog for the week, schedule a newsletter and whatever else I need to work on. I also work on things during the week. Atlanta’s traffic is insane so after work, I usually find a coffee shop I can work at and I unwind from my day, check my email and work on different things. Use the time after you get of work wisely – this is a game changer! Also, I find that when I wake up much much earlier (like, 5 am early) than I need to, I can accomplish so much! I can spend time with the Lord, maybe work on a few things before work, take my time getting ready – this truly sets my day up for success and I’m less drained throughout the day!
Walking in purpose and working a full time job will look differently for everyone, but I hope these tips will encourage you to not get caught up in the cycle of just being a your workplace. There’s SOOOO much more to see, you just have to put in a little extra work to see it! Please let me know if you applied any of these tips, I would love to hear if this helped you!
P.S. I share more about this topic in a blog post called, “Your Job Doesn’t Define You” You can check it out, by clicking here.
Enjoy the rest of your week loves! xo