Last week I attended a networking event to try to get out to meet other business owners and entrepreneurs. I’ve realized that I can’t meet anyone while working at my computer in my basement. And if I do meet someone that way, is that really a good thing? Anyway, I got out, fought traffic and made my way to the event with the help of my (somewhat) trusty GPS app. It was one of those events where it was intimate, but a good mix of people. I don’t think there was an overabundance of people in the same field, which I really liked. They served food and drinks. Since I am such a lightweight, I had to have cranberry juice. Drinking and driving is just not an option for me.
When I walked in I spoke with the woman checking people in and then proceeded to fill out my name tag. What I’ve been doing lately is writing (pronounced Ah-sha) to help people out with the proper pronunciation. Let’s just say that I don’t think that I wrote it large enough. After I finished at the table I looked up and there was this beautiful woman just waiting for someone to talk to. At that point, I figured it might as well be me since I and everyone else, was there to talk to and meet other people. Her name was Susan and she had the sweetest personality. We introduced ourselves and hugged because it turns out that we are both huggers. She had a sponsored table so she proceeded to tell me what she did. If you’ve been to a networking event, I’m pretty sure you know how all of this works. For those that don’t, you meet people, find out what each other does and usually exchange business cards.
We talked business briefly and then we just started complimenting each other. What can I say? My dad always said that if you have something nice to say, you should say it. As we finished up talking she cheered me on and told me that before I left I would have to stop back by because she wanted to make sure that I spoke to everyone in the room and all of my business cards should be gone. Okay, I didn’t talk to everyone in the room but I did talk to a few people. I gave out my cards and there were quite a few people I really hit it off with and arranged to have coffee/tea with to discuss possibly working together or at the very least, referring each other business.
As the evening was coming to a halt I stopped back by Susan’s table. She was speaking with another woman so I waited for them to finish. That’s when she told me how she used to work with some major modeling agencies and that she was opening up her own talent agency. I thought that was really cool. She then suggested that she would like for me to work behind and in front of the camera. For anyone who really knows me, you know I don’t like having my picture taken. On occasion, I do have my picture taken because I know how important it is but I don’t like it. So, when Susan suggested that I model for her I scoffed at her suggestion. The woman that was standing there with us agreed with Susan. That’s when Susan told me that I was blocking my blessings. I then explained that I tried my hand at modeling but didn’t like it. In fact, I didn’t even want to do it but my mother strongly suggested it. Susan’s reasoning for saying that I was blocking my blessings was because she believes when others believe you should do a certain thing they are pushing you towards what you’re supposed to do. And if you do what you’re supposed to do you will reap blessings. I’ve also had people tell me that I should run for a political office. That’s a definite no.
Over the weekend, I thought about what Susan was saying. Often times we are called to do things that we don’t want to do in order to fulfill some type of destiny. Is my destiny to really be a model or a politician at this time? I don’t know but I’m not feeling either one of them. I was even invited to be on a 2020 voting committee for a neighboring city. I genuinely considered that but ended up not going to the meeting. Currently, I have so much going on that I honestly don’t know if I can handle one more thing. So, what do you think? Do you think that when people suggest that you should do such and such that there is a blessing behind that action? I was just speaking with a friend today regarding perception. How we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us are usually two totally different things. I don’t see myself as a politician. Perhaps I could be part of a committee to help the community but I do not want to be the president. That’s just drama and the only drama I like is on ABC.
There are so many things that others have thought I should be doing. Some things I did but most I did not. Would I be in a different place had I done some of those other things? I really don’t know. What I do know is that being an adult automatically provides for me to do things that I don’t want to do because they need to be done. Who knows, I might try something new but it helps for me to have a favorable disposition towards it. Like, I know I don’t want to photograph weddings, so you shouldn’t see me doing that. That is something I knew I didn’t want to do but tried it to appease my mother’s voice in my head. I guess the blessing I received from that was finding out that I was right and going back to photographing children, which I absolutely love!