I wanted to stop by and talk about something that has been popping up lately in my conversations with other creatives, specifically self-employed individuals. There is always this chatter about how to live a life with a career that you are passionate about. To me, that simply means that you need to turn your passions into your career or a supplemental component to your day job. Blurring the lines between jobs and passions is the key to “living the dream”.
During these conversations with friends, I’ve been asking “So what do you do for fun when you aren’t trying to get paid for surveys?”. This questions usually evokes a long pause and then something like…”I like to be outdoors. I like to cook/bake. I love renovating my home…” These things are quickly followed by “but I don’t really have any time for those…” I like to turn the conversation around by suggesting a few ways to make a few dollars from those things they do for fun. For example: the friend that loves to cook had ideas swirling about how to make a cookbook.
For me, I’m currently looking for ways to incorporate landscaping due to the many benefits of gardening, furniture making, and collaborations into my daily work schedule. A deeper dive into my home and the people I interact with.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could find ways to infuse our passions into our careers? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic and if you have any suggestions on how to make this happen. A great resource is this worksheet from Kathleen of Braid Creative. This little exercise gets you thinking about what you REALLY want to be doing with your time. Check it out!!
I got a chance to pick the brain of my design mentoree, Laci. Here’s what she had to say! You can also read her insights on Business Travel & The Power of Getting Knocked Down