I spent years simply going through the motions. Never having truly loved any job I had, I lived in disbelief that anyone could ever really be passionate about their career. To me, a job was simply something you did to pay the bills and nothing more; mostly because that was all my experience ever showed me. There were jobs I liked, and jobs I thought I was supposed to enjoy, but never truly did. For over seven years, I had a “safe” job. However, due to the nature of the work, it caused me a lot of stress in and out of the office. There were countless nights where I lost sleep worrying about the years ahead. Seeing coworkers become so jaded, I hated the idea of this being my future.
People would ask me what I wanted to do, and I was unable to come up with an answer. I would give answers that weren’t genuine, just what I thought was “right.” Hours were spent fixing my resume and applying to jobs that I didn’t even want. Stuck doesn’t describe it — I felt trapped. Not just trapped in a job I didn’t like, but trapped in a life that was unsatisfying. I felt like I was letting down myself, my family, and the universe. I thought about things I was passionate about, and things I liked to do, no matter how small or insignificant I thought they may seem. What would I do if money was no factor?
Over the last few years, I have found it very therapeutic to purge my closet. Getting rid of things that no longer serve me and giving them to someone who can appreciate them was so satisfying. How I could do this for a living? On top of that, what if I could help others do the same, and do it for a worthy cause?
On a more personal note, several family members have suffered with Alzheimer’s and dementia. On top of their struggles, I saw what the illness does to family members; as my family became caretakers, the stress of the illness grew within everyone. After seeing my family go through this, I don’t want anyone to have to go through it again.
After a lot of soul searching, hard work, and the support of some amazing people, I created Threads of Hope. We organize and declutter closets, take any clothes you no longer want, and resell them with a portion of those sales going to Alzheimer’s Research. It is my belief that you can better yourself and feel your best, all while giving back and helping others. You can reach true liberation through organization and donation!