Jack of all Trades; Master of a Few

A day in my life can pretty scattered, even in terms of writing career. It’s funny and wild at the same time. Luckily, I’m pretty good at multi-tasking!

A typical day will see me editing some technical reports about laser printers and other office devices. I navigate my way through the world of technology to load reports or calculate data that clarifies how one of these machines would run at a “slightly” different speed in Europe (where the standard paper sizes are different than those in the US).

After that, I might settle into some research and writing about nutrition, yoga, or cats for a writing client. I’ve written about subjects as diverse as marketing, insurance, wine, spa treatments and hypnosis. Then after a break for grocery shopping or yoga class, I start thinking about my personal writing — my blog or that book I’ve been trying to write.

Learning to Trust the Process

Most of the time I wonder what I’m doing. I wonder, but I don’t worry about it (anymore) because I’ve learned to trust the process.

I’ve had a few dreams that seem unrelated, but they connect in some way. There’s my writing, of course, my former lives as a nutritionist, a teacher and a psychology grad student, and my longstanding dream of operating a wellness center.

People would come to my wellness center mostly to do yoga and talk about truth and consciousness, but maybe also to learn about nutrition and other ways to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

I’ve had this dream for nearly 20 years, but so far the closest I’ve come is my own yoga practice and all the writing I do on related topics.

Going With the Flow and Trying Things Out

A friend of mine who is very much into the idea of going with the flow of life says the trick to understanding how the universe works and what we’re here for is to trust that we don’t need to know where we’re going. In fact, he says we don’t even need to know what we want (nice, if like him, you’re a successful artist and being a successful artist is what you have always wanted to be).

While I’m not necessarily comfortable with a “go with the flow” philosophy, I’ve mostly lived by one, simply because I don’t really have another choice.

Back in the day when I was still trying to figure out what kind of work I wanted to do, someone suggested I might not be finding work that was satisfying because I didn’t know what I wanted. Many new age gurus tell us to focus on our dreams and that we can create what we envision. But it always seemed more practical to me to just try out a bunch of things and see what I like (and what I don’t like).

Maybe this is just me. Like I said, what choice did have I had? You can’t force yourself to know what you want just because knowing is easier or more convenient.

At least I usually know what I don’t want!

Finding A Way That Works

And guess what I discovered? My way works too. There are lots of things I really like having in my life despite the fact that I didn’t necessarily know I wanted them. And there are lots of things I enjoy doing despite the fact that I didn’t necessarily set out to do them.

For example, I really do like crunching numbers for a while and then trotting off to clear my chakras!

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Maria Kuzmiak, M.A. is a health and well-being writer with a background in nutrition, psychology and education and a passion for yoga. She has written hundreds of articles, blogs and newsletters for clients in health-related fields, particularly those specializing in yoga, natural medicine, nutrition, and spiritual health and healing. Maria has also worked as a nutritionist, teacher and technical editor. Learn more about her writing at www.wellbeingwriter.net.

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