Finding Your Purpose

Have you ever wondered how someone ends up in the whimsical world of toys? Well, let me tell you, it’s not always a conscious decision. In my case, I like to think the toy world chose me, like a cosmic game of hide-and-seek.

Back in industrial design school, my plan was to become a set designer creating magical worlds on stage. But life had other plans. The moment I stepped into an internship at the theater, I realized it did not bring me joy. Instead of being captivated by set design, I found myself sneaking away to watch the director shaping the upcoming Peter Pan production. Stage drama, it seemed, was more fascinating than set drama!

Almost tempted to switch gears and become a director, I hesitated. Then came toy design class. Our first assignment? Create a toy that moved 12 inches. The collective groans from my classmates were audible, but not for me. Call me crazy, but I was the lone enthusiast.

And then it hit me like a ton of Lego bricks. For a whole year, Disney movies provided the soundtrack to my late-night design escapades. Puzzle-shaped shampoo bottles, sophisticated kids’ furniture, even a Sleeping Beauty witch mask—my creative mojo had a pint-sized audience. Suddenly, it dawned on me: children were my muse all along, and I didn’t even realize it until that “aha” moment.

Cue the lightbulb flashing brilliantly above my head! I dove headfirst into the world of toy design, and let me tell you, it’s been a relationship as intense as any love affair. Sure, there are days when I contemplate a breakup, but this path has my heart. It’s not just a career; it’s a soul connection – the kind you have with your significant other, your parents, and even your own children.

Now, how can you apply this to your own journey, you ask? Enter Ikigai, a concept I discovered during a recent mentorship group call. This is a place where joy, strengths, world contribution, and what you can be paid for intersect – that’s your Ikigai sweet spot.

Discovering your purpose might require some Sherlock-level introspection. In my case, it took a year of Disney movie background noise and a lightbulb moment. So, grab a journal, dive deep into what brings you joy, list your strengths, and concoct a plan to sprinkle that magic on the world.

And here’s a nugget of wisdom from my toy chest: don’t let naysayers rain on your parade. Surround yourself with positivity. Need a cheerleading squad? Join my Facebook group, Entrepreneur Women United and toss your dreams into the ring. Let those wonderful women be the support group you’ve been looking for – who knows, your next big idea might just be a chat away. Cheers to embracing the unexpected twists and turns in the rollercoaster of life! 🎢✨