The Best Careers Follow A Zigzag Pattern

How do you spend the first five minutes of your day? There’s no better time than the morning to ground yourself and prepare your body and mind to set the tone for the day ahead. And since we only have about 25,000 mornings in our adult life, it’s time we made them count.

I remember like it was yesterday — my first job. As soon as I could legally work, I was. From waitressing to coffee making, retail assistant, you name it, I did it. I loved working hard and making my own money. However, jumping from one job to the next can make you feel lost, navigating and finding your own path to walk on. But the trajectory to success is always non-linear, and that’s a positive thing.

Your career path isn’t always a straight line. The best careers follow a zigzag pattern, so take advantage of opportunities that come your way even if they seem like they’re not always providing a straight upward path. In my case, the zigzag took me from architectural and graphic design to what I love and I’m passionate about now — nursing. Designing, caring, and putting others’ needs before mine, ultimately helped better prepare me for starting my own footprint — Messycafe. I’ve learned so many great skills and met amazing people because of my zigzag career.

Keep reading to learn more about this inspiring visionary, lessons learned, what to avoid, and the morning rituals for success every day.

What advice for people who are interested in switching lanes but don’t know where to start?

Our advice is to prioritize what is most important to you. It’s virtually impossible to get everything you’re looking for in one role or from one opportunity.

Think of your career as layers to a cake — are you building foundational skills and a network that will help you down the road? Consider that a win.

What are some mistakes to avoid for in their career?

It’s important to foster and form well-rounded skills. Early in your career, there’s pressure to specialize in an area of expertise, but in my opinion, it’s more important to have a variety of skills and experiences.

For example, if you’re in the beauty industry, learn different aspects of the business from marketing to merchandising to sales to operations. Don’t pigeonhole yourself based on your job title. If there’s an opportunity to sit in on a meeting or partake in a different area of the business, do it. You’ll grow your knowledge and your skill set and you’ll leave a lasting impression on coworkers and senior staff.

What morning rituals set you up for success?

Pilates, power walk, connecting with your partner in the kitchen and chat about what’s on deck for the day. Also, checking in with my parents is always great — hearing familiar voices every day should instantly lift up your spirit.

Morning workout?

Whether it’s taking a walk or pilates for 45 minutes, get that rush of dopamine to help set the tone for the day. Morning workouts are always better than evenings; you want to tone done before sleeping, either listen to a podcast or enjoy the silence.

What are one or two things you do every day to live a more present, mindful, and joyful life?

During the pandemic, I’ve picked up cooking as a hobby. So, having a healthy and delicious meal plan is on my mind always. Personally, I love prepping meals for my loved ones, it brings me joy and fills my appetite to be able to bring smiles and laughter to everyone with my food.

Surround yourself with amazing and talented people. The company you choose and keep is everything. Personally, I feel incredibly lucky to have friends, colleagues, and advisors that have been so supportive of me over the years, through thick and thin, and especially in my latest endeavor, Messycafe.

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