God’s Plan; My Hustle!
One year ago, I walked away from a job that most people would consider “a very good job” making a lot of money at a pretty decent level in a company. I took a risk. Over the years, I have always done consulting and training but not full time in nearly 20 years. The risk was a good one because for me, I was being lead by God to do so. God gave me the concept of PESSCE(peace) to focus on physical, emotional, spiritual, social, career and economic wholeness for women. But when I established my business, PESSCE Unlimited, LLC, it was established with two work streams: Lifestyle Coaching for Women (the God given true work of PESSCE) and Transformational HR and Leadership Consulting (the work I am trained to do and had do to pay the bills). PESSCE has been my focus full time for 1 year and what a year it has been! PESSCE is what God has called me to do, so to leave my full time focus on PESSCE to accept a full-time position again would only happen if the right “dream job” presented. And thanks to Patricia Duarte of Decisions Insight, Inc., my dream job came to be! Please indulge me as I share a glimpse into my journey and current state.
I have had many conversations with someone in my life who couldn’t understand my perspective on not settling for a “job” just because other “folks” think it’s a “good job.” Being with a big well known company making a lot of money and big perks for me does not equate to a good job. I needed more than that. I found myself drowning in a company and being devalued. I knew all that I brought to the table however based on my role in my last organization, only a small percentage of my true value-add was leveraged. I wanted to be in a higher educational institution where I could have impact and influence. I have had many good jobs over the course of my career, but I have also been told more times that I care to count, “we have decided to go with another candidate.” How much experience, education and just common sense do you need to have to finally be THE ONE? Well, I have been planning, praying, working and waiting for this ONE. UMassD is where I’m suppose to be! I am very excited about this next phase of my life.This is all part of the plan that God has for my life, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This has been the foundational scripture for my life!
Let me sum up my life journey to my own current place of PESSCE and the transition to my current “dream job” with a little story. A few months ago I was doing ANY and EVERYTHING that I had to do to support myself and the work of PESSCE Unlimited. Staying mostly in my swim lane delivering training programs around the country. However, beyond that, I was doing whatever work I could do. Yep, I was hustling as they say! One day a very close person in my life (who shall remain nameless) said to me in a very demeaning and condescending way, “You like hustling like this?!” My silent response is on the front of a T-shirt I love to wear now, “GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO HUSTLE!!” The insensitive thoughts and comments from this person were motivators to work even harder to achieve my goals and to finally get that person and their NEGATIVITY out of my life! Let me encourage someone today, keep hustling, GOD IS GOING TO BLESS YOUR EFFORT!” Don’t let anyone discourage you from pushing forward to get to that which you know is ordained for you!
I am very excited to be the new Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Talent and Diversity at the University of MA Dartmouth. I want to send a big shout out of THANK YOU for the many expressions of love, support and congrats!! It is overwhelming in the most positive way. I have worked very hard to get my education and build my career, even in the face of extrinsic and even intrinsic challenges. In the words of my sister Pamela Dotson and so many others, “you may see my glory but you don’t know my story!” Indeed I am blessed.
Finally, to answer the question I have had over and over in the last 2 weeks, what about PESSCE? Well to my ladies, I am still working PESSCE!! Now I can truly focus on the Lifestyle Coaching, Music, and Events for Women and not all the HR and Leadership Consulting I have been doing. UMASS Dartmouth will get all of that goodness! So be on the lookout for some exciting things coming from PESSCE Unlimited that will help to transform your life. We want to help you find your PESSCE!!
Angela M. Callahan, MS