The Beauty of My Aimless Early Twenties

Posted January 28, 2014 by Lindsay Laughnan in Career Moves

In my early twenties, I felt like an aimless Career Girl. I was always employed, but seemed to find something “wrong” with each job. Whether it was my position as a hotel front desk agent, wedding planner, leasing agent, esthetician, or sales associate, I lacked job satisfaction.

At the time, I didn’t see the beauty in my exploration of different career paths. As a twenty-something, I naturally compared myself to my friends and became perplexed how they seemed to have effortlessly chosen a satisfying career path. Instead of viewing the time in my life as an opportunity to explore, I desperately wanted the search to be over and to quickly land in the perfect career.

Years later, I now see the beauty of what I perceived as my aimless early twenties.

  • With each job, even though there were tasks that I didn’t particularly enjoy, there were also aspects that attracted me to the position in the first place. Those aspects served as strong and meaningful clues to designing a career lifestyle that aligns with my values, personality, personal, and professional aspirations.
  • My early work experiences helped me to get clear on my non-negotiables. It’s important not to underestimate the value of being aware of things that a Career Girl doesn’t want. This will provide clarity about what you really want!
  • I was required to build upon my skills. Even though a skill may not seem transferrable at the time, you will be amazed when you will need it for a future personal or professional endeavor.

Life is curvy. Each person takes their own path to achieve their idea of career success. Your path is beautiful.

If you’re feeling aimless in your career path, what beauty can you find from this experience? I’d love to hear about it!


About the Author

Lindsay Laughnan

Lindsay coaches 20's and 30's women to improve their career, dating, health, and finances to live their Thirtylicious life. She partners with clients to help them design a career lifestyle that is a perfect fit for their priorities, dreams, and desires! Besides being passionate about coaching, Lindsay loves blogging, experimenting with green smoothie recipes, practicing yoga, exploring hiking trails, and purple nail polish.