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Friday Find for the ENFP: Signs You’ve Chosen A Career You’ll Actually Stick To

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Fashion has always been my first love. 

*Will these outfits work on your body type? All my outfits emphasize flattering an apple shape -wider shoulders/narrow hips. In the above pictures I am 5’1′ 135bs. I am petite and also have a high waist and short torso.

My career story

One of the biggest problems in choosing from ENFP careers stems not from the fact that ENFPs have few interests, but that we have too many interests to count. Something excites us, and we dive in head first.  Then it bores us because a new possible exciting adventure is on the horizon. 

I’ve done so many jobs in my 35 years around the sun:

  • driven a forklift
  • done makeup artistry professionally
  • taught highschool English
  • coached girl’s basketball
  • demolitioned stores and created aisle layouts
  • done DNA testing as a birth registrar
  • served as a hospital concierge
  • worked telemarketing
  • worked a switchboard
  • cooked for  an acupuncturist office
  • served as a receptionist
  • scheduled appointments
  • done freelance writing work
  • wrote a dating column
  • assisted in human resources
  • monitored the halls as a resident assistant
  • assisted in medical billing
  • tutored students in college English
  • taught ESL
  • acted as secretary

And to no one’s surprise, I’ve also suffered through my share of retail, data entry, and file clerk positions.

Our personality type tends to vacillate a lot between possible ENFP careers. I’m no exception.  Because I’ve struggled with this so much in my personal life, I want to share how I came to finally decide what I’m going to do as a career long-term.

ENFP Careers: how I decided on one I wanted to stick to

Maybe this will help, maybe not, but after much thought this is how I decided fashion and beauty blogging was what I wanted to dive into as a profession and stick to for the long run.

If you noticed these things about your chosen career, maybe you’re in the right field, doing the right thing for you to finally stick to something:

You lose track of time.

Fashion and beauty blogging is the first job I’ve ever just gotten in a work flow where I lose track of time. This is the ultimate work bliss. I’m never looking at the clock, hoping for the end of the day. It’s actually the opposite. I’m wanting to stay in the flow as long as possible.

You are in this industry even in your leisure time.

I should have figured this out sooner, but I guess I’m a slow learner! What do I love to do on my leisure time? Watch chick flicks and tv shows that feature great fashion or beauty makeovers. I also love just flipping through fashion magazines.

You do it and enjoy it even when you are doing it alone. 

Being 100% extrovert, it really surprised me how much I loved working on my blog alone. When I was writing a dating column alone, I felt lonely. Now I don’t. I enjoy it so much, the flow keeps me from feeling lonely.

You are excited to do it most days. 

Unsurprisingly, there are still some days when work is a drag but that’s the exception to the rule. Work is still work, and leisure is still leisure, but at the end of the day, this work feels meaningful and fulfilling in a way that leisure could never feel like.

You have a hard time putting work down when you’re supposed to take a day off.

 This actually really surprised me! I struggle to “turn it off” when I’m on my weekly sabbath or on the weekends. My head is always brimming with new post and marketing ideas.

It involves something you used to do for fun when you were a child.

This piece of advice from Gretchen Rubin’s “Happier” podcast is the real reason why I never gave up on a career in style and fashion. She said that what you did for fun when you were ten years old can unlock something really true and meaningful about who you are. I remember that in my career fair in elementary school, I was a fashion designer. My guess is that that time in a person’s life is meaningful because we just do the things we like. We aren’t trying to please anyone. We are coming of age, forming our identities, and probably more self aware because our motives and intentions are pure. Becoming a fashion designer in my career fair now translates to a life of fashion blogging.

Remember there are many ENFP careers you can be happy with. It’s a matter of finding the one you can actually stick to. Can you relate to any of the above points in your current job/career? If not, maybe it’s time to look for something more meaningful and fulfilling.

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  • 12 pieces = 35 outfits
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  • picture of author wearing each outfit so you can visualize the items on an apple shape
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