Finding My Calling – A Confession

This whole semester I’ve felt empty. I’ve felt my heart longing for something. At first, I thought it was a strong desire to impact people with nutrition, hence this blog. After a few months, I found my heart yearning for something more yet again. This time, I thought maybe I was lonely and wanted a girlfriend. Funny, right? But deep down, I knew it was more than that. After a few more cycles of this, I turned to the only place I felt comfort: God. I started attending Catholic Bulls night and going to adoration. The entire time I was there, I felt God telling me He wanted something from me. I felt a strong desire to do something; I just didn’t know what it was. Every week I looked forward to going to adoration because I wanted God to tell me what exactly He desired. I thought that maybe if I just sat there and kept asking over and over again He would finally answer me. Little did I know that He was answering me the whole time, I just wasn’t listening.

I was sitting in Mass last Sunday searching for an answer just like I do every weekend. We had a different celebrant than usual, as our priest was out of town. I love our priest, so I was a little disappointed when I saw the visiting pastor. He sounded so dissonant, and I felt like he was just going through the motions…until his homily. He gave one of the most inspiring homilies I have ever heard. While his examples were family centered, I found the focal point to be one simple message: listen to God, do His will, and you will find what you’re looking for.

This entire semester, God has been steering me toward one thing: He wants me to help people. That’s why I find so much gratification in working with my two clients and watching them grow. That’s why I loved taking an art therapy class this semester. That’s why I get so much joy in helping my friends discover their callings in life. That’s why I love talking to people about the difficulties they are facing. That’s why I’ve felt disconnected from my previous love for nutrition and science, and why I decided I don’t want to pursue dietetics anymore. God is calling me to help people open their hearts and tame their difficulties. He wants me to create a family of people who are in tune with themselves, their faith, and the world around them. He wants me to help people learn how to face stress with strength, so that they can be present in other areas of their lives. It’s these things that get me excited.

I don’t have it all figured out yet, though. I don’t know what that means for me in the future. As of now, I think being a professor would allow me to teach students academically and emotionally. I’d be able to help direct them and impact them at a crucial time in their lives. When I sit down and ask myself how I can bring about change at this very moment, the first thing that comes to mind is this blog. It’s helping people look at things differently and approach situations in different ways. I can do that both through daily posts and one-on-one clients. So while my posts will continue, I would like to open up 10 spots for you all to work with me. This program is for anyone looking to build confidence, tackle weak points in their lives, and learn how to combat their unique daily challenges. Whether you’re a student, parent, or working professional, we all face challenges and overcoming them is the only way to progress in life. Every week, you will get a Saturday/Sunday check-in email where we will address areas of difficulty and create a focus point for you to work on the following week. Every Wednesday, you will receive a mid-week check-in email, so I can see how things are going and make adjustments if necessary. You will also have unlimited access to me via email of you have any questions throughout the week. In short, I’m here for you.

If you’re interested in working with me, growing, and going on a journey together, please send me an email at davidgaviria@mail.usf.edu to see if we would be a good match. Regardless of your decision, thank you all for reading this blog. I never thought I would have one reader let alone a couple dozen 🙂

 

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