Wednesday, June 30, 2010
How is a person suppose pursue their passion if they have to worry about how to pay their bills? My hope for any young person today is that someone tells them to pursue their passion and the money will follow. My mother, bless her heart, she wanted me to "do science, be a doctor....this way you will always have a job." That's what she was worried about, me having a job. And that is a fair concern, she wanted me to be able to take care of myself.
Well, I have a job, I can pay my bills and have extra left over to plan for retirement and fund my dreams now. But I have this job now at what cost? Time was the price I have paid.
I was so busy trying to fit into the traditional, get your education and get a good job box, that I didn't focus on pursuing a life that would be fulfilling to me. Now I feel time pressure. My youth is passing me by, and I feel the societal pressure to find a balance between my personal life and my professional life. Am I the only one feeling this pressure?
In a lot of ways I don't feel like I have time for a serious relationship that would lead to marriage. (And let's not even begin to discuss the statistics of Professional Black Women not meeting/finding suitable partners to marry.) I'm about to start a full time job and I'm managing a band. Yet I know that I need to get out there and start dating if I ever want to get married. SIGH Finding Balance is going to be a subject I visit a lot here becasue right now everything seems outta wack. I guess it's part of the journey. How do you find balance?
Monday, June 28, 2010
During business school I realized that I have been spending my time trying to fit into the boxes this world stamped “Acceptable Ways to Live Life.” So I made good grades in high school and went to the University of Texas at Austin because it was what I was supposed to do. I graduated in 2001 with a piece of paper that left me as clueless about my life as the day I arrive on UT’s campus.
Then my friends started attending and graduating from graduate schools and making six figure salaries. They were able to do and afford things I couldn’t afford. I didn’t want to be left behind and again grad school was what I was supposed to do. Well, now here I am, a little over a month after graduating with an MBA (Kelley School of Business, Indiana University), I finally have enough courage to do the so called impossible: chase after my dreams. Everything I do now, I’m doing for me. This blog will chronicle my journey to my freedom. Over the course of the next few years, you will get to follow me down the road of the unknown. You will see not only my business successes and failures but my personal ones as well.
I’m excited about this trip called Life. This is The FARE MBA Life.
Born and raised in a small Texas city (Victoria, TX), I’ve always dreamed of being the richest person in the world. But this dream comes with the goal of giving the vast majority of the money God allows me to accumulate away. In my youth, I want to live the ubber most luxurious life and indulge in the super ultra conveniences of the rich. This is mostly so that I can say, “Been there, done that,” in my old age. But most importantly, I want to show the world that against all odds, when you have unshakeable faith, a fighting spirit, and you promise yourself to never give up, you can achieve anything you put your mind to achieve. I decided to blog as a public way to give my testimony to the blessings God has and continues to bestow upon me. With God, Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I really can’t go wrong.
As you join me on this ride, I hope you will feel inspired and encouraged to follow your heart and go after your dreams against all odds.