Monday, October 21, 2013


 By Kate Collins

Abby Knight is a feisty, fiercely loyal, short, young, redheaded florist with freckles who got kicked to the ground twice by life -- and got up again to become the star of the Flower Shop Mystery series.  Readers took to Abby right from the start, and I’ve had women of all sizes and ages say to me, “I am so Abby!”

I’ve tried to put my finger on why women identify so strongly with Abby and always assumed that it was because life dealt her some hard blows and still she came up swinging. But after listening to an inspirational speaker talk about how to get a job you love, I may have found even more reason.  

When Abby’s life fell apart – booted out of law school, ending her career goals; dumped by her fianc√©, ending her marriage plans – she looked around for a way to piece it together again and ended up returning to the place that gave her solace and made her happy -- Bloomers Flower shop.  Look how well that worked for her. Not only did she find a career she loved, but she also found the man who would become the love of her life, her soulmate, Marco.

What this speaker recommended people do to find a job they love is to figure out what makes them happy and then find ways to use it that will bring in income.
She recommended that you write down 10 things that make you happy. They can be as simple as “Eating ice cream,” or, “Taking walks.”  For Abby, it was being around flowers. She never dreamed she would become the owner of her own flower shop, but it worked for her.

I’ve followed the speaker’s advice in my own way without realizing it. I always wanted to be a teacher, so I did that. And then I wanted to be home with my children and find a way to express my creativity at the same time, and I did that, too. It took me awhile. I tried many kinds of crafts, all of which made me happy, but none of which brought in any income. And then I tried putting to paper all the stories that were sitting in my imagination just waiting for an outlet. And that led to a wonderful career as an author doing what I love – making up stories that entertain and move people.

Maybe you’re in a career you love, or have a hobby that makes you happy. But if you’re wishing your life could be better, more rewarding and fulfilling, maybe you can try the above technique. Write down as many things as you can think of that make you happy and see if you can find a way to incorporate one of them into a job.  And then tell the Universe what you want. Keep saying what you want every day and start to watch for opportunities to present themselves.  It may sound a little “woo woo” but it really does work.

Are you happy with what you do or are you ready for a change?

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