What is a dream career? I didn’t know I could have one for years!
Have you ever looked back on your life and wondered how exactly you’ve gotten to where you’re at now? Surely at some point in your life you’ve pondered your life choices, the events in your life, and more importantly your career.
A lot of people I went to school with knew what they wanted out of life, what they wanted to be and do as a career from an early age; I wasn’t one of those people. I had dreams, goals, ideas, I had thoughts but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to be. I toyed with being a psychiatrist, but I wasn’t patient enough for college and medical school. I toyed with being a counselor, similar but without 8 years of schooling, but alas it just wasn’t for me. For a while I taught children as a preschool teacher but it wasn’t what I wanted from life. Next, I became a realtor and sold houses for a while in California and while it was a passing career, I learned a lot about it. I learned I enjoy paperwork, sales, and houses. I enjoy being organized and communicating with clients, but I was not a good sales person when it came to door knocking and cold calling I would rather not; when it came to talking face to face to clients and helping them find their dream homes I was on point. A few years later I toyed with being a full-time drinker only to discover alcohol and I are not compatible (as you can tell from all of my blog posts and getting sober stories and book). After quitting drinking, I became a Professional Life and Recovery Coach with a She Recovers Designation which to this day I love coaching women (and men) to discover themselves, their goals, their abilities without using drugs, alcohol, or other addictive behaviors. It’s amazing what one can do without relying on social facades such as drugs or alcohol! Again, I’ve found myself in a place that while coaching will always be my passion- it’s not enough, so what is enough? When is a career enough? How do I know when I’ve finally found my career fulfilment?
These questions plagued me for years until 9 months ago I landed in a position completely by chance, fate, and a kindness of an amazing woman entrepreneur. She had a company that is doing something for the world. Connecting. Collaborating. Social impacts. Bringing awareness about plastics and waste. It was a mission and I wanted onboard and to be apart of it. I joined the company, the vision and I launched into being a part of the team. I loved it, I loved organizing, coordinating, leading, managing, and being part of something more than just being an assistant, project coordinator, manager, etc. I was part of a vision that was helping send messages throughout the world. This feeling opened my eyes to the fact that I was finally doing something I felt fulfilled doing, something that I enjoy and love doing. Now don’t get the wrong picture I don’t consider myself a necessarily creative person; I love to write but I love stories and weaving stories through words, I love videos, and the idea behind edits, filmmaking, and animation but mostly I love the behind the scenes. I love putting the pieces together, coordinating the pieces, creating a team, and helping it to run smoothly. Like with coaching, I get to help guide, organize, and launch an action.
So where am I now? What does a woman who’s finally found her calling do once she’s found her dream job and career? She collaborates. She builds. She launches. An opportunity given led to a dream being built. A company launching in India with partners, mentors, and an amazing support team. Opening a business in India was a terrifying prospect, as a foreigner, as a westerner I was amazed, baffled, and excited by the prospect. The hoops I had to jump through and continue being guided through. The first thing I had to do was find a lawyer willing to help me which that in itself was not an easy prospect; but we got lucky and he helped us to get legitimately registered in Bangalore. Next was registering with the tax board of Bangalore and India another process which without a lawyer was confusing and scary; a lawyer shortened the process and helped our dream come true. Today we’re a newly founded private limited company who is in partnership with a Singaporean company. We are separate yet we’re not. We’re building VSStory Private Limited in Bangalore and throughout India so that we can help businesses of all sizes show the world their messages on sustainability, Social Impact projects, projects that impact the environment, waste and recycling, circular economy. We want to give the small people large voices, the large companies exposure, we want to help share with the world that India is reducing pollution, plastic waste, waste, that India is building circular economies, helping it’s citizens, reducing the gender gap, teaching the generations and world about the Caste system, and every other message that we can bring to the forefront of people’s minds throughout the world. India is a beautiful country a country that has history, citizenship, beauty, nature, and cultural magnificence that the world can learn from.
Moving to India and starting a business here has brought to my attention just how the opinions about India vary and my hope is that with VSStory private limited and our team of storytellers, filmmakers, editors, animators, strategists we can bring a new light, a new voice, and a new vision of India to the rest of the world. The uniqueness, the humbleness of citizens, the willingness that people always show to give directions and help each other are just the tips of the story, there is so much more to share, discover, and showcase. Not just the land of traffic, pollution, yoga, and beauty, India is a nation of Innovation, culture, history, tech, economy, wealth, knowledge, kindness, and more.
India we’re going to help make you shine, share your messages, love, kindness, and beauty to the world.