My Unconventional Career Path

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When I was a kid, I could guess people’s birthdays. It was this weird phenomenon that I couldn’t explain then, and can hardly explain now. I do distinctly remembering looking at the person in front of me and feeling their birthday. I’d just get a feeling of when they were born, and without questioning why I was always right.

I became the party trick of the playground. During recess, my friends would find kids from other grades and bring them in front of me. I would always guess correctly. It got to the point where it started to freak me out, and like a-passing phase, it moved on.

I had forgotten all about it until meeting with a childhood friend, and she reminded me. At this point, I worked full time building my online business as an astrologer; it felt like a full-circle moment.

Back then, I didn’t have the language of the Zodiac and had no idea what a birth chart was. I didn’t even read horoscopes and always ignored my sign because I never wanted to be labeled a Capricorn goat.

Today, I am immersed in the symbolic language of the stars, and I understand it in a holistic way that moves beyond horoscopes and sun sign astrology.

I would never have guessed this would be my path.

I grew up in a Christian home, and we never talked about anything besides being a kind person and helping others. The metaphysical side of life was something I never even thought about. Until I found myself at University in a long-distance relationship.

I really liked him but didn’t know where the relationship was headed. I wanted to know how he was feeling beyond what he was sharing with me. One morning the idea struck me; I should look at his love horoscope!

I was someone who had never looked at horoscopes. I did a quick Google search and was amazed by what I found.

I discovered people talking about where the planets are now. These YouTubers were giving cosmic weather forecasts and talking about the patterns of the stars. Something within me clicked, and I could not get enough.

I was all in.

When I like something, I am all in. This was the case with these astrology websites. I found myself soaking up all the content I could and eventually began creating my own.

I believe astrology is a language, and the best way to learn is to speak it. I was lucky to find myself engaged in conversations and developing this ability to put words to things I had always felt.

I was a natural.

Eventually, people started asking me how much they can pay me for a reading. The referrals kept flowing in, and after a few years, I was able to quit my job and go full time with my passion.

Next, people wanted to know where I learned to do what I do, and although I had mentors along the way, a lot of my style comes from my unique practice. So I created a course teaching others how to do what I do.

Next came a book, and soon there will be a second one.

Following the Feelings

Over the last 10 years, and maybe even my entire life, I was following my feelings. When I look at someone’s birth chart (a map of where the planets are when an individual is born), I’m also following my intuition. I don’t understand this from an analytical lens, but I am learning to trust it.

I am new to News Break but have been creating content online for nearly a decade. There’s an excitement to starting this path. Still, I also feel nervous about sharing my perspectives in a space where I don’t see many others talking about the stars.

Needing a path to follow.

My whole life, I have just hoped for a clear cut path to follow. However, that is not my style, at least not this lifetime. I suppose I am a leader or here to do things differently because I always feel like I am solo on the front lines trying something new. It’s exhilarating, but there are times when I just want to fit in with the masses.

When I first started working as a writer, I was excited to share my unique perspectives. After reading many articles on how to succeed as a creative and comparing myself to others, I’ve felt doubtful.

It takes courage to be a beginner.

I think back to who I was when I first began my journey as an astrologer. I was terrified, but now I am grateful I didn’t give up. I am feeling the same way about writing on News Break. I’m scared of rejection, of failing, and of never reaching the coveted curation.

I think about what would have happened to the world if no one ever took a risk. We wouldn’t have many of the things we have today. We have to take a chance, in order to grow and succeed.

If we never took any risks, life would be boring. If we were never hurting, we wouldn’t appreciate the beauty of life. There’s a reason we feel so good after having a cry. There’s something empowering about feeling our fears, and then facing them.

Worth the Risk

If there’s one thing, I would tell my past self, trying something that feels right even though it doesn’t make sense is always worth the risk. I have a feeling there’s a reason I am on this new platform. It feels risky to put myself out there to publications and continue to build a following as a beginner.

Photo by Ricardo Rocha on Unsplash

When I was a kid, I could guess people’s birthdays. It was this weird phenomenon that I couldn’t explain then, and can hardly explain now. I do distinctly remembering looking at the person in front of me and feeling their birthday. I’d just get a feeling of when they were born, and without questioning why I was always right.

I became the party trick of the playground. During recess, my friends would find kids from other grades and bring them in front of me. I would always guess correctly. It got to the point where it started to freak me out, and like a-passing phase, it moved on.

I had forgotten all about it until meeting with a childhood friend, and she reminded me. At this point, I worked full time building my online business as an astrologer; it felt like a full-circle moment.

Back then, I didn’t have the language of the Zodiac and had no idea what a birth chart was. I didn’t even read horoscopes and always ignored my sign because I never wanted to be labeled a Capricorn goat.

Today, I am immersed in the symbolic language of the stars, and I understand it in a holistic way that moves beyond horoscopes and sun sign astrology.

I would never have guessed this would be my path.

I grew up in a Christian home, and we never talked about anything besides being a kind person and helping others. The metaphysical side of life was something I never even thought about. Until I found myself at University in a long-distance relationship.

I really liked him but didn’t know where the relationship was headed. I wanted to know how he was feeling beyond what he was sharing with me. One morning the idea struck me; I should look at his love horoscope!

I was someone who had never looked at horoscopes. I did a quick Google search and was amazed by what I found.

I discovered people talking about where the planets are now. These YouTubers were giving cosmic weather forecasts and talking about the patterns of the stars. Something within me clicked, and I could not get enough.

I was all in.

When I like something, I am all in. This was the case with these astrology websites. I found myself soaking up all the content I could and eventually began creating my own.

I believe astrology is a language, and the best way to learn is to speak it. I was lucky to find myself engaged in conversations and developing this ability to put words to things I had always felt.

I was a natural.

Eventually, people started asking me how much they can pay me for a reading. The referrals kept flowing in, and after a few years, I was able to quit my job and go full time with my passion.

Next, people wanted to know where I learned to do what I do, and although I had mentors along the way, a lot of my style comes from my unique practice. So I created a course teaching others how to do what I do.

Next came a book, and soon there will be a second one.

Following the Feelings

Over the last 10 years, and maybe even my entire life, I was following my feelings. When I look at someone’s birth chart (a map of where the planets are when an individual is born), I’m also following my intuition. I don’t understand this from an analytical lens, but I am learning to trust it.

I am new to News Break but have been creating content online for nearly a decade. There’s an excitement to starting this path. Still, I also feel nervous about sharing my perspectives in a space where I don’t see many others talking about the stars.

Needing a path to follow.

My whole life, I have just hoped for a clear cut path to follow. However, that is not my style, at least not this lifetime. I suppose I am a leader or here to do things differently because I always feel like I am solo on the front lines trying something new. It’s exhilarating, but there are times when I just want to fit in with the masses.

When I first started working as a writer, I was excited to share my unique perspectives. After reading many articles on how to succeed as a creative and comparing myself to others, I’ve felt doubtful.

It takes courage to be a beginner.

I think back to who I was when I first began my journey as an astrologer. I was terrified, but now I am grateful I didn’t give up. I am feeling the same way about writing on News Break. I’m scared of rejection, of failing, and of never reaching the coveted curation.

I think about what would have happened to the world if no one ever took a risk. We wouldn’t have many of the things we have today. We have to take a chance, in order to grow and succeed.

If we never took any risks, life would be boring. If we were never hurting, we wouldn’t appreciate the beauty of life. There’s a reason we feel so good after having a cry. There’s something empowering about feeling our fears, and then facing them.

Worth the Risk

If there’s one thing, I would tell my past self, trying something that feels right even though it doesn’t make sense is always worth the risk. I have a feeling there’s a reason I am on this new platform. It feels risky to put myself out there to publications and continue to build a following as a beginner.

Writing this post has helped to put my fears into perspective and cool my competitive nature. I always want to be the best, and I know that ambition usually turns against me. I love this platform’s collaborative spirit, and even though I am out of my comfort zone, I am happy to be here.

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