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finding what makes you tick

This post was originally going to be about how I strive to make things “perfect” in my world and how I’m a classic work-a-holic. I read a post last week written by Elsie over at A Beautiful Mess and it really got me thinking.She explained how she was OK with her “work-a-holic” status because she is romantically in love with her job. At first I was really happy for her, then I was jealous, and then I was slightly annoyed. I wasn’t annoyed with Elsie and her ability to make her dreams come true, but annoyed with myself. One day I’m on edge with excitement about what the future has in store and the next day I’m frustrated that those days still haven’t arrived. I start to think that I’m failing and then I start to over think things.

One thing I fail to do often is recognize the small milestones that have been reached. I neglect the fact that I’m working hard every day to better my world and I’m not sitting on the couch waiting for things to happen. I’m an active participant in shaping my future. Patience is not one of my strong points and I need to keep in mind that my timelines are not always realistic. The universe is going to keep spinning no matter how hard you try to stop it.

I think I’ve found the key to feeling like you are living your dream. Find the small things that make you tick. Do you love crafts, but don’t have enough time to do them? Make it a priority to do little projects here and there and don’t use the excuse that there is not enough time. There is always a little time for what you really enjoy if you put it on the same priority level as doing laundry or cleaning the house. Life will go on if laundry isn’t done on the weekend.

Ok, so I’m rambling now. I just wanted to share with you guys how I felt about living your dream or having your dream job. If you are actively working to make things happen you need to be patient, I need to be patient. Fill your days with little things that make you tick and celebrate small milestones.

Would love to hear your thoughts on how to make your dream job a reality. Any insights?

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15 comments on “finding what makes you tick

  1. You’re so right! you got to celebrate the little things!!! I think that is a huge first step in making your dream job a reality. Also set realistic goals and don’t compare yourself to others. be YOU.

    Girl, you are off to a good start!! be encouraged. 🙂

  2. I feel the same way as you in that I get really down on myself that things are not just happening fast enough, but when I stop and look back on the last six months there have been a lot of changes in my personal and work life that have put me that much closer to my goals. As of lately, I have learned to embrace these small milestones and celebrate each day.

    I’m also taking the dream job ecourse and really looking forward to gathering some good tips and inspiration from some successful ladies.
    Good luck to you!

  3. Oh man, I am HORRIBLY impatient. So much so, I think it makes me not go for the things I really want, or think I want, just b/c I cant stand the waiting. Also, I guess that makes me horribly impulsive too. Right now i’m trying to decide whether to go back to school for an mfa. I’ve been out of school for about 3 1/2 years now, and I think i’m finally ready to go back, but it’s a really hard decision. In part b/c I’m used to working and making my own money, and for the most part like what I do. But you’re so right. It’s so important to acknowledge the small things, because they really do add up. :]

  4. I love this! I’m reading The Happiness Project right now, and the author talks about making time for the little things that make you happy a lot. I’m working on it 🙂

  5. I guess I’ve always been more of a procrastinator, and a lover of what I’m doing right now as far as jobs go. I think it’s because I have a dream job that I want so badly, but at the same time am terrified of. It’s just so daunting, so I find myself settling into whatever I’m doing and just enjoying myself where I’m at. Which is lovely — but time goes so quickly and I’m afraid I might never move forward… I think there’s a happy medium in there somewhere — being driven and not settling, and still enjoying where you’re at.

  6. I’m not bad about recognising small successes, but what you said about placing the same importance on making time to create as on making time to clean really struck a chord with me – that’s something I DO need to get better at doing.

  7. I recently wrote a post about my own perfectionism, and how annoying it can be. But you’re right, you do need to take solace in the small things, because sometimes you really AREN’T living your “dream.” Sometimes you can only do the small things, and make sure they are important parts of your life.

  8. I’m graduating in May and will be interviewing and applying for a job. I have to keep reminding myself that if I work hard, I can do anything. It’s hard to remember when things don’t always go your way, and even harder to remember to celebrate the little things! Thank you for sharing!

  9. This was like reading my own thoughts from this week. It really helps to know someone is feeling the same way. I had just been thinking how one week I go from feeling so great and like the opportunities are limitless, and then the next how nothing is ever going to happen. I was thinking today about writing a little “things I’m grateful for” list because sometimes I really lose sight of all of the positives in my life and can’t help but focus on what I want to change. So thanks for putting this out there.

  10. i know exactly how you feel. i’m trying to be patient as well 🙂

    (first i did my research, but then..) i flat out jumped off the deep end- quit my 9-5 job- to follow my dream of being a full time artist. so it’s scary sometimes, because this is it! but i knew i wouldn’t “make” it overnight. Just have to work hard every single day. i also have great support from my parents , bf and friends.. it would be impossible without them to keep me sane when i start to panic.

    among other things, you seem to be really dedicated and organized.. which is really important no matter what it is you want to do.. so, i’m not worried about you not “making it” 🙂

  11. What a wonderful post. I can relate to the annoyed feeling you got after reading Elise’s article. I too forget to celebrate the mini milestones in life and always focus on what’s missing.

    Thank you for reminding me to live in the now and celebrate my victories, no matter how small or large.

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