[Editor's note: The essay below, by FOF Cheryl Rich Heisler, is part of a series of personal blogs from our readers. Have your own story to tell? Email your "What I Know Now" idea to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
By profession, I am the president and founder of a career consulting business for attorneys
frustrated by their traditional career options. By formal education, I am one of those self-same attorneys. But, by avocation, I am what I perhaps should have always been—a mixologist.
As a career consultant, I get a great deal of satisfaction helping people uncover their passions. But this past year, I decided I hadn't realized one of my own lifelong passions--becoming an expert at making cocktails. I have poignant memories of heart-to-heart talks with my Dad over the tops of chilled martini glasses, and I get a wicked kick out of mixing and matching libations of all flavors and colors to create something new, different and kind-of clever.
However, giving up my day job to pursue this passion wasn't a sacrifice I was willing to make. As an FOF, I realized you can have your cocktail and drink it too. While I continued my career consulting business--meeting clients in the mornings and in the afternoons--I studied for my mixology license. I love the reaction I get when I tell people I passed a second “Bar” exam. It was one of my major highlights of 2011.
But now it is 2012: how will each of us expand our horizons over the year ahead?
The lawyer in me suggests prudence: plan better, save more.
The career coach in me says add more play, uncover a new passion, take those horseback riding lessons I’ve been thinking about.
And the bartender in me? She says lighten up, life is short. Have a drink. Toast to health and happiness and all the unpredictable, wonderful surprises that a New Year can bring.
Start the New Year off right with this refreshingly sweet n’ spicy cocktail shot: