“Dear God, please please please make me smart enough to work at World Vision” -Me, 15 years old
My dream came true. I’m not sure if I am any smarter… but I have been working at World Vision for the last 5 years trying to change people’s hearts and minds to care for children in need. One of the most memorable experiences of my life was meeting my sponsorsed children
But other important things happened while pursuing my dream…
I learnt how to take risks
When I couldn’t get hired through the application process, I gave up a stable, well paid job to volunteer at World Vision, risking both my employment and the visa keeping me in Seattle. When the global financial crisis hit and my “dream” malaria campaign position was made redundant, I risked trying something totally different… a job in “social media”. When a great opportunity at World Vision Australia came up, I moved across the world and risked losing the home and friends I spent 6 years building. With big risks came big gains. I am not afraid of risk anymore. Instead, I am afraid of commitments that limit my ability to take risks.
I developed a thirst for God
Before World Vision, God was a guy in the clouds that I spoke to in time of need. Having my prayers answered made me wonder about God. I began to question everything and pursue something intangible. At the time, I worked for the most compassionate wise man, Randy -I nicknamed him “second to Jesus”- who answered the incessant questions I had with patience, honesty and often…more questions. In fact, I was surrounded by amazing mentors like Randy, who had spent their lives changing the world and pursuing a God they hungered for.
My thirst for God still exists and it’s something I can’t live without.
Pursuing your dreams puts you closer to people that share your passions and interests. When I met Kyle at World Vision, I found the person I had spent 27 years looking for. He understood me completely and shared similar dreams. “I promise to give you strength for your dreams” made it into our wedding vows Sorry if this mushiness is making you gag.
So there you go: Dream realised. Life changed forever. Hopefully I made as much of an impact at World Vision as World Vision made on me.
And now I’m confused.
My 15 year dream of working for World Vision feels like it’s come full circle. Its not a bitter end but one I am looking back on with a smile.
Now I dream about social media. All. The. Time.
I spend ridiculous amounts of time thinking how brands I love can connect with their customers *insert Tim Tam slam app*. I have endless conversations about how “banks are a treasure chest of amazing stories that no one is talking about!”. Kyle and I spent hours on our honeymoon thinking of ways tripadvisor could better monetize the recommendations. Yes, I know this is lame but 2 social media geeks drinking cocktails in Koh Samui were pretty happy! I get upset hearing how many great brands outsource their social media. I get emotional explaining that social media is an organization’s heart beat and no one understands that better than the people that work there.
ntegrity is my dream because I want to be an alternative choice, an agency that empowers and enables brands to own their social media and do it well. There is so much potential in Australia
ntegrity is my dream because I want to help brands build authentic experiences with their customers after seeing these connections transform businesses
ntegrity is my dream because I love partnering with my favourite digital experts to deliver work that inspires our clients.
And with this dream, I’m taking risks. But this time I have a husband co-pilot, and a thirst for the One whose dreams for me are always bigger than my own.
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Lindsey and I have chosen “dreams” to be the topic of our first link-up as hosts because we know dreams change, dreams teach us, and dreams come true. Please take the time to read her inspiring post So long old dreams, hello new ones.