Have you ever wondered how you can find your calling? Is there really such a thing for everyone? Today’s guest is Dane’s friend Paige Chenault. Page started and grew a very successful event planning business that was bringing in revenue on a large scale. But as the passion turned into a job she realized that an idea that had been bouncing around in her head was more along the lines of what she wanted to do deep down – and she took the leap. On this episode of Converge, you’ll hear Paige’s story, why she moved into the nonprofit space with her new venture The Birthday Party Project, and how it’s changing the lives of many underprivileged kids and their families. You’ll be inspired and motivated by what Paige has to share.
Can you find your calling by doing something else?
Many people think that the discovery of their life’s work will come to them like a lightning bolt from the heavens. But for very few people does it actually happen that way. Paige Chenault is no different. Her story involves hard work and success in another area that led her to her dream. What she discovered was that the skills and abilities that grew when she was doing the first job ideally suited her for the creation and successful promotion of her life calling. It’s a story you won’t want to miss – because it has to do with giving up a financially lucrative business to begin a deeply fulfilling one. And isn’t fulfillment what we wall want?
It’s a frustrating thing to know you’re built for more, but you can’t find it.
Paige Chenault began to feel that the reason she was on the planet was not being realized through her successful event planning business. She wanted to do what she was meant to do, but she couldn’t find it. Sound familiar? Then a crazy idea came to her. She wanted to put her skills to work planning birthday parties for kids in homeless shelters, domestic abuse shelters, and other similar places. She took her first tentative steps by organizing her own family to pull off the parties, then she reached out to a local homeless shelter. Within weeks they were putting on parties for kids who had never been celebrated for their birthdays. Within months she was being featured in national news broadcasts. That’s when Paige knew she’d found her calling. You can hear her story on this episode.
Paige Chenault gave up a lucrative business to start her passion project.
The event planning industry can be very lucrative. Paige Chenault knows. There are people in the world who pay $100K, $200K, even half a million dollars for an extravagant wedding or family event. You may not be able to imagine that kind of world but it’s the one where Paige was successfully running an industry leading business. But as she periodically conducted her personal gut checks she discovered something that surprised her. Though she still loved what she did, it wasn’t bringing her the fulfillment she thought it would, even though it was highly successful. That’s when she talked to her husband about a different idea – a pivot of her skills as an event planner into something more – throwing birthday parties for kids whose families can’t afford it. If you want to hear how Paige made the transition and the impact it’s having on kids all over the United States, you’ve got to hear this episode.
What will it take for you to find your calling?
Chances are you’re not going to receive a vision in your sleep that tells you exactly what you’re supposed to do in life. That doesn’t mean you can’t find it – but it will take open eyes and an open heart to notice what is going on. Paige Chenault says that you just need to be moving, taking one step at a time with your eyes wide open to the opportunities and your heart attuned to the possibilities. As you progress on the path you’re on now, your calling will show up in the most unsuspected places. It’s up to you to notice it and take the steps to go after it. Paige has some great insight that comes directly from her own story, so be sure you take the time to listen to this episode of Converge.
Outline of this great episode
- [0:57] Dane’s introduction to Paige Chenault and this episode of Converge.
- [2:15] How Paige started her career and got to where she is today.
- [3:37] The transition from for-profit to nonprofit work.
- [7:18] How you could learn to sell your value more for a non profit cause.
- [11:58] How can you discern which impulses are the right ones to follow?
- [21:21] How the birthday party project took on a life of its own.
- [23:10] How do you know if your project is worth seeing through?
- [27:19] The impact the birthday party project is having.
- [35:07] Practical stories of how kids are being blessed.
- [40:50] How you can get involved putting on parties for kids.
- [41:30] How can you move forward when you don’t know what your calling is.
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